Your baby's fingers and toes are getting longer and the hands will be seen on an ultrasound but the digits will still be fused together for at least another week.
During this week your baby’s digestive system will begin to develop, as well as the muscular diaphragm that allows it to breathe and hiccup!
Your baby’s head will be slightly lifted off the chest and its facial features will be more distinctive but the eyelids will shut and remain closed until 26 weeks pregnant.
Headaches and migraines are a common symptom during pregnancy, which is likely to be caused by the change in hormone levels.
You may notice that your breasts are getting larger, they may have increased by a cup size or more! During this stage, your breasts may have changed in appearance – threadlike veins might have become visible and your nipples may be darker. Be sure to wear the correct size bra to increase the level of support.
9 weeks pregnant symptoms could leave you with pica, which is when you have cravings for non-foods like coal, soap or chalk. Avoid eating toxic products like glue or coal, but you could speak to your doctor about taking supplements as it may be a sign that you need more nutrition in your diet. Read more about healthy eating during pregnancy.
Bleeding can be common in early pregnancy. If you do experience 9 weeks pregnant bleeding, or bleeding at any stage, always call your doctor or midwife, as it may be a sign of miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.
What to think about
Be aware that during your pregnancy it will be easier to pick up a urinary infection. This is because of the high levels of progesterone which are produced during pregnancy that relax the tubes of your urinary system. This makes it easier for bacteria to give you an infection. They are usually easily treated so if you notice the signs see your doctor who will prescribe safe antibiotics.
It might be useful to think about screening and diagnostic tests that will be on offer in the coming weeks. Have a chat with your doctor or midwife who will run through the pros and cons of each test.
Even though you may not be able to see that you are pregnant, your body is changing. You may have some questions about the safety of working while you are pregnant. Read more about being pregnant at work.