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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.

Eating

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

Pack a snack

Having a supply of healthy snacks on hand can prevent you from reaching for sugary biscuits and sweets. These 10 super snacks will keep you going through the 3pm slump.

Did you know that dried apricots contain folic acid, potassium, calcium and magnesium? They’re a great option for cranking up your iron stores and staving off pregnancy anaemia. They can also kick-start sluggish pregnancy digestion.

Find out more about nutrition in pregnancy here.

Healthy Start programme

Now is a good time to find out if you’re eligible for the government’s Healthy Start programme. It provides free food vouchers and vitamin supplements if you’re on benefits, or if you’re pregnant and under 18. See if you're eligible on the Healthy Start website.

Sources

1. NHS Start 4 Life Pregnancy Email: http://content.informationserviceforparents.nhs.uk/?KfdMggLmYR757Lu9uKFhKCNzfx0bhwMFK

2. NHS choices (2013). You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant. NHS choices 2013; accessed online at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-9-10-11-12.aspx#close 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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    That's great news! Thank you for your support!

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