Week 9 of Your Pregnancy
As you enter the third month of pregnancy, all of your baby’s organs are in place.
He is already moving his arms and legs.
In this week, it gets skull bones that will protect its brain. In order not to get stretch marks, you can start taking care of your belly now. In the 9th week of pregnancy, you start into the third month of pregnancy and the first trimester is coming to an end. All of your baby’s important organs are laid out after this week.
Table of content
- Pregnancy symptoms in the 9th week of pregnancy
- What can be seen on the ultrasound in the 9th week of pregnancy?
- What is the risk of miscarriage in the 9th week of pregnancy?
- Baby development at 9 weeks
- Size of the baby in the 9th week of gestation
- This is how you can support your body in the 9th week
- How the expectant mom feels in the 9th week of pregnancy
- The tips at a glance
- FAQ – Ninth week of Pregnancy
- 9 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect? – Video
Here you can find all of our 1st trimester articles:
Pregnancy symptoms in the 9th week of pregnancy
Most women have to fight in the 9th week with known pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea and Co. We tell you what you can do about it.
Hardly any woman does not suffer from nausea during her pregnancy. Between 50-80% complain of a sinking feeling in the stomach.
Nausea during pregnancy occurs most frequently between the 6th and 20th week of pregnancy. Usually, the discomfort subsides in the 2nd half of pregnancy.
These tips will help you:
- Avoid highly spiced foods, greasy foods, or certain foods.
- Do not eat a few large meals, but several small ones throughout the day.
- Eat tasteless and odorless cookies after getting up or before going to bed.
- Ginger, chamomile, or peppermint work wonders
To avoid constipation during pregnancy, you should drink enough water, herbal tea, or diluted juices. High-fiber foods, such as whole grains and fruits, are super. Avoid hard-to-digest and flatulent foods such as legumes, cabbage, and onions.
Diarrhea during pregnancy usually occurs as a result of physical changes during this period. But what really helps?
- Avoid milk and coffee
- Avoid eggs, meat, butter, fatty foods, and flatulent vegetables (cabbage, legumes)
- Fennel tea soothes the intestines
- Chamomile tea has a soothing effect on the stomach and intestines
Your body is working at full speed during the 9th week of pregnancy. This can sometimes make itself felt with circulatory problems. Give your body enough rest during this time. Relax with yoga or a quiet walk.
The baby is about 16 to 24 millimeters long in the 9th week of gestation. On the ultrasound, you can even see where the fetus will later develop fingers and toes. If the first ultrasound examination is performed now, it is also possible to determine whether twins may even be on the way.
The more advanced the pregnancy, the lower the risk of miscarriage. Unfortunately, the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are particularly risky.
So that you can recognize alarming symptoms of a miscarriage at first glance, we have summarized them for you:
- Cramping pain in the lower abdomen
- Pulling in the lower abdomen
- Pain in the lower back
- Fever and purulent discharge
- In advanced pregnancy: leakage of amniotic fluid
- Very high consumption of caffeine (more than four cups of coffee per day)
- Alcohol consumption
- Uterine malformations
- Autoimmune disease of the mother
- Untreated chronic diseases (kidney, thyroid)
- Infections of the mother at the beginning of pregnancy
- Advanced age of the mother
Suffering a miscarriage is a tragic loss. Talk about it with your partner, family, or friends. Professional help can also be very helpful in this situation.
Baby development at 9 weeks
The 9th week of pregnancy marks the beginning of the fetal period. Your baby is officially a fetus and no longer an embryo. The upper body is now straighter and longer, and the tail process is also no longer present.
This period is important for the development of arms and legs. The legs have become longer and in the 9th-week toes can now be seen on the ultrasound image.
The arms have also grown significantly and are already bending at the elbows. The little fetus is already moving vigorously in your uterus and even reacts to stimuli coming from outside.
However, you still have to be patient: You will not be able to feel these movements until the 2nd trimester.
The fetus, as the expectant child is called by medical professionals from now until its birth, has a size of about 2.6 centimeters. This corresponds approximately to the dimensions of a cherry. From the ninth week of pregnancy, the size can be measured in centimeters. The baby’s height will increase rapidly over the next few weeks. But the baby has a lot of space in the womb to practice, coordinate and expand its movements.
This is how you can support your body in the 9th week
A healthy diet and folic acid are important for the development of the fetus in the 9th week. This is contained in foods such as carrots, beans, fish, and tomatoes.
However, these foods can hardly meet the need for folic acid. During pregnancy, you should take about 0.4 mg daily.
Folic acid provides for the development of the nerves of the fetus. Make sure you lead a healthy lifestyle, avoiding nicotine, alcohol, and medications. Take enough vitamins to strengthen your immune system.
The right diet
Make sure to eat these foods on a regular basis:
- Whole grain products
- Dairy products
- Low-fat meat
Typical pregnancy complaints, such as back pain, do not yet occur in the 9th week of pregnancy. However, you can already prevent them now.
Light sports – such as yoga, swimming, or cycling are completely harmless.
Caution: In the first 3 months of pregnancy, the risk of miscarriage is relatively high. Talk to your doctor about which sports you can do without any worries. Not all sports are safe.
In the 9th week of pregnancy, the typical complaints continue to decrease. This is because your body has largely adapted to the change in hormones. Only fatigue could still be a problem for you. But by the end of the third month, this should also have disappeared. Then the time begins when you feel full of anticipation, creativity, and energy.
Common signs and symptoms
There is still no sign of a baby bump. But typical appearances make it clear that you are pregnant.
Changes in the skin and hair
During the 9th week of pregnancy, the skin and hair of the expectant mother often change. In some women, the hair becomes thicker and gets a shine, in other women, the hair becomes thinner. These phenomena are also caused by the change in hormones during pregnancy. After birth, these symptoms quickly subside as the hormonal balance changes again. Gentle care of the hair with a mild shampoo is helpful.
Blow-drying the hair is fine. However, you should refrain from coloring or cold waves. The chemical substances can be absorbed by the hair roots and enter the mother’s bloodstream. From there, these substances can harm the baby. However, you do not have to give up color in your hair. Gentle tints and natural henna dyes do not pose a burden.
The skin also reacts to the hormones that have now taken over the reigns in your body. On the one hand, the skin becomes soft and gets, due to the stronger blood circulation, a healthy color. On the other hand, small pimples appear here and there from time to time. Gentle care is also good here. Under no circumstances should you try to improve the skin’s appearance with aggressive anti-pimple cosmetics.
- Make sure you have an adequate supply of calcium, as this supports your baby’s organ development.
- Buy a bra made of elastic fabric that adapts to the enlargement of your breasts and grows with them – maybe it has to be the next size up.
- Do light gymnastic exercises, walk every day, and don’t take it easy in everyday life (climbing stairs, cleaning, etc.). Physically active women usually have less discomfort and easier delivery.
- Talk to your partner about the upcoming situation as a family. Pregnancy often awakens the protective instinct in men.
FAQ - Ninth week of Pregnancy
In the 9th week of gestation, the fetus is about 2-2.5 cm in size.
In the 9th week, the small fetus is doing somersaults in your uterus. However, you will not feel any of the movements at this time.
Your doctor can already calculate the due date during the ultrasound in the 9th week.