Reviewed April 2014, next review April 2017
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 is around the size of a small grape. By nine weeks, he is about 22mm long from the top of his head to his bottom
His major organs are continuing to develop, and it's now possible to see where his fingers and toes will be.
Your baby's face is starting to form and he has a mouth and tongue now. His developing jawbones already have tiny tooth buds in them.
His movements are small and jerky at this stage
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’re concerned about 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. You can read more about anxiety in pregnancy 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 screen to test for 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 at home.
||Should I exercise in pregnancy?
If you're having a normal uncomplicated pregnancy being active is safe and healthy. It doesn't have to be organised exercise. You can stay active by making some changes to your normal routine.
|| Don't be tricked by food labels!
What does 'Lite' mean on a yoghurt? Reading food labels will help you choose the healthies options for you and your baby.
|| Are homebirths safe?
Find out the answer to this and many other questions that women ask our midwives during their pregnancies.
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