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First trimester weeks 9-10

Your pregnancy 9 to 10 weeks

Pregnancy reminders for weeks nine and ten

  • Ask your midwife for your free prescriptions form (FW8) so you can apply for a 'maternity exemption' certificate.
  • Book a check-up with your dentist 
  • Don't forget to keep taking folic acid.
  • You should also be taking 10mcg of vitamin D a day

By now your baby is starting to move around in the womb but it will be some weeks before you can feel this.

Nine to ten weeks pregnant: your baby

Your baby at nine weeks

Measuring about 22mm long, your baby is now as big as a strawberry.

Do you sometimes wonder what colour eyes your baby will have? Colour is already starting to appear in his tiny eyes now and he even has eyelids. Amazingly, taste buds are forming on his tongue. 

Your baby’s genitals are also starting to develop. A tiny bud grows between the legs - this will gradually develop into a clitoris, or a penis. 

Your baby at ten weeks

If you could see your baby’s little face, you would see an upper lip and two miniscule nostrils in his nose. 

Your baby’s eyes can already react to light. His eyelids are half-closed and will shut completely in a few days. 

His jawbone is developing and already contain all his milk teeth. 

An ultrasound scan at this stage would show your baby making little, jerky movements. Your uterus is the size of a man’s fist now  and your baby measures about 3cm.  

Nine to ten weeks pregnant: you

What's happening to your body

  • Increased hormone levels might make your skin a bit spotty.
  • Your digestive system is slowing down and this can make you feel bloated or give you indigestion and heartburn.
  • You might feel a bit dizzy or lightheaded. Your blood vessels have widened to boost the blood flow to your baby and this may cause your blood pressure to drop a little and make you feel faint.
  • You may find you have more headaches than usual as they are common during the first trimester. The most likely cause at this stage of pregnancy is dehydration so try drinking a bit more water.
  • If you are having severe headaches, read more here.

How you may feel

  • You might feel anxious about how you're going to cope with pregnancy and a baby. Or you may worry about how others, including your manager at work, will react to the news of your pregnancy. Try not to worry, companies are used to pregnancy and have systems in place to help keep your pregnancy and maternity leave stress-free for you and them.
  • Avoid stress as much as you can. If you've had an argument with your partner, friends or parents, or if you are just fed up and feel tired, take a warm bath, chill out to some music, read a book, close your eyes and try to relax. Making some ‘me’ time is an important part of looking after your emotional health in pregnancy. We've got some tips for beating stress here.

Nine to ten weeks pregnant: things to think about

Have a healthy, balanced diet

Keep eating small, regular meals. This is not the time to try to lose weight. Whatever your weight before you became pregnant, it's important to eat a healthy balanced diet. If your BMI is high, keep an eye on portion size and have a supply of healthy snacks on hand to prevent you from reaching for sugary biscuits and sweets. Oatcakes, fruit and plain yoghurt are all good options.

Read more about managing your weight in pregnancy

Your antenatal care

Your 'booking' appointment is likely to be sometime between now and week 12. If you have already had this appointment, you might be offered your first ultrasound scan between weeks ten and 14.

If you haven't yet had your booking appointment, it's a good idea to make a note of any questions you want to ask so you don't forget on the day.

The midwife will ask you lots of questions too, about your physical health, your emotional wellbeing, any family history of health conditions, and your partner. It’s important to be honest.

You may also get a carbon monoxide test to check your risk of exposure.

You may also be asked at this point where you'd like to have your baby. You may be given a choice of nearby hospitals or birth centres, depending on where you live, or you may be considering having your baby home.


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Reviewed April 2014, next review April 2017


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