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9 weeks pregnant - what to expect

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

week 9 infographic.

What does my baby look like?

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

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

Your symptoms - what to expect

The first trimester can be tough. Sickness, exhaustion, anxieties - all of which you might be trying to keep under wraps - can make you feel low. But hang in there! It won’t be like this forever.

Laughing one minute, sobbing the next?

Progesterone and oestrogen pumping through your body in the first trimester can bring on a rollercoaster of emotional changes in pregnancy. Hormones aside, worrying about your baby’s health and the future can also leave you feeling blue.

Making some ‘me’ time is an important part of looking after your emotional health in pregnancy. And avoid stress as much as you can – these five ways to relax might help.

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 or just close your eyes.  

Find more top tips for looking after your wellbeing here.

My head is spinning!

Been feeling a bit faint or dizzy? There are lots of reasons why this can happen in pregnancy, whether it’s the extra pressure on your blood system, low blood sugars or low levels of iron.

If you find yourself feeling dizzy:

  • Get up slowly after sitting or lying down
  • As soon as you feel faint, find a seat quickly - if the faintness doesn’t pass, lie down on your side
  • If you feel faint while lying on your back, turn on your side

Are you also suffering from heartburn, or cramping?

Read our guide to 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them) here.

Actions to take

Is it ok to take pain killers?

If you’re suffering with headaches, it’s fine to take paracetomol. But not all over-the-counter medication is safe in pregnancy.

Find out what you should do if you have a severe headache that will not go away here.


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 now.

Find out which supplements you should take in pregnancy here.

'When I was at my peak of nausea and tiredness, I asked the midwife for some advice. It turned out I was anaemic so I took a liquid iron supplement and drank orange juice with meals to boost the iron absorption from food.'Dana, mum of three

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.

Discover 10 super snacks to help your baby grow here.

Your antenatal care

Your booking appointment is likely to be sometime between now and week 12. It's a good idea to make a note of any questions you want to ask, so you don't forget on the day.

For example, have a think about what screening and diagnostic tests you’d like to have. Do you want to find out if you’re having a boy or girl? Ask your midwife about your options for screening.

You can also ask your midwife for your free prescriptions form (FW8) - so you can apply for a 'maternity exemption' certificate.

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 breath test, to check your risk of exposure.

If you’ve already had your booking appointment, you might be offered the first of your pregnancy ultrasound scans between weeks ten and 14.

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.

Read more about your pregnancy appointments here


1. NHS Start 4 Life Pregnancy Email:

2. NHS choices (2013). You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant. NHS choices 2013; accessed online at on 07.05.2015  (last reviewed: 17th February 2015; next review 17th February 2017)

3. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Johnathan Cape, p. 206

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.

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