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9 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 9 weeks pregnant:
1.     Your baby has all of their body parts!
2.     Moodiness might be in full swing – a great excuse to treat yourself to all your favourite things.
3.     Looking voluptuous.
4.     Being able to function normally even though you’re not feeling 100%.
5.     Your hair starting to get thicker and more lustrous.
How your life will change this week:
Your body is working overtime to do all you can to help your baby grow. It can be pretty tiring, so cut yourself some slack this week! Try going to bed early and perhaps go to a meditation or yoga class to relax your mind. Alternatively, devote this week to doing all your favourite things as a reward – watch your favourite movie, eat your favourite food, spend time with your favourite people. Most pregnant women find this first trimester a real challenge, so it’s a good time to make looking after yourself a priority.

You will probably start to gain weight this week and you’ll notice your clothes aren’t fitting like they used to. You’re getting voluptuous! Watch an episode or two of Mad Men and you’ll be ready to celebrate your curves like they did in the 1960s. Your breasts are getting bigger by the week (your partner is no doubt delighted about this) so be sure you’re wearing the right size bra to support them.

The end of the first trimester is just around the corner (celebrations all round!) and soon you will be past the worst of the morning sickness. Remember that you’re not alone in this – studies show that 85% of women suffer from morning sickness at some stage during their pregnancy. Keep looking for foods that you find easier to stomach, and ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from a good prenatal vitamin. Also take a moment to pat yourself on the back  for coping with all these changes so well – you’re doing great.

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby’s head is now much bigger than their body. Classified as a foetus, not an embryo, your baby is now about 2.3cm long and weighs about 2g. That’s still less than a sugar cube. All of your baby’s body parts are now in place, and there’s a whole lot of growing to do in the months ahead. Fingers and toes are clearly visible, as are facial features like earlobes and eyelids that will stay closed over your baby’s eyes for another 17 weeks. The placenta is producing hormones for your baby, and starting to provide nutrients too.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Find out about maternity leave.
  • Book an appointment to have your early pregnancy tests.
  • Think about announcing your pregnancy to close friends and family.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
Set aside a few minutes every day to quietly connect with your baby – even if it’s just while you wake up in the morning. Place your hands on your belly and think about the little person growing inside there. It’s a great way to start the bonding process, even this early in your pregnancy.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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