WEEK 9: Your Ticket to a Hormone Roller Coaster Ride

One of the things you’re thinking about when you’re 9 weeks pregnant is the ways in which life will change once your little munchkin arrives.

This is one of the reasons you and your partner may want to give some extra thought for saving up some money for expenses to prepare for your baby’s debut into the real world.

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Speaking of finances, and if you haven’t done so already, you may want to check your insurance policies and company handbook to see what’s covered and how maternity leave is handled.

What you should also be doing in your 9th week is commending your baby and yourself on the accomplishments you both have achieved so far.

9th Week Pregnancy Symptoms

In your 9th week, the pregnancy hormone hCG is moving fast through all parts of your body, so expect some of the symptoms you may have experienced in week 5 and week 6 of pregnancy to get more severe.

But remember that this is a temporary phase of your pregnancy, and your hormones will start to level out in the upcoming trimesters.

Listed below are a few of the common symptoms you may experience when you’re 9 weeks pregnant.

 Morning sickness
Morning sickness

This is one of the most common symptoms you will experience right from week 1 of your pregnancy until quite possibly near your due date.

The term morning sickness can be sometimes misleading as it can occur all day long and not just in the am. Frequent meals and snacks can help ease nausea, and some moms even claim that ginger works considerably well.

 Mood swings
Mood swings

These are caused mostly due to your raging hormones, and other symptoms such as fatigue and nausea. As a solution, it is best to relax well, and nap when you feel the need to, and try hard to avoid stressful situations and do things you like such as binge on Netflix.


The best solution for fatigue during pregnancy is to sleep more, and keep your blood sugar in check by eating healthy even if its small meals all through the day.

 Nasal congestion and headaches
Nasal congestion and headaches

Pregnancy generally causes increased mucus production owing again to your hormones working overtime.

So keep tissues handy, drink lots of water, but ensure you speak to your doctor before taking any medications to get rid of the headaches.

 Frequent urination
Frequent urination

Remember that your uterus expands all through your pregnancy, which results in a surge of blood flow to your pelvic area.

Considering this, you may find yourself headed to the washroom more often that you did during pre-pregnancy.

Size and Weight Flashcard

Baby Size and Weight Flashcard week 9

Inside your Belly in Week 9

Your belly is growing rapidly, so don’t be surprised if you find it a bit hard to button your jeans when you’re 9 weeks pregnant.

Your lower abdomen where your uterus is located will feel a bit firmer, but even in this case, you may not be showing at this stage.

If you’re worried about weight gain, good news is that it is highly recommended when you’re 9 weeks pregnant, and the amount you gain will depend on your pre-pregnancy BMI (body mass index).

However, some moms-to-be may not be able to achieve the recommended weight gain if they’re plagued with morning sickness or food aversions. Speak to your OB if you have any concerns, but most medical experts claim that minor weight loss is nothing to worry about.

9th Week Pregnant Ultrasound - What to Expect ?

Your first prenatal appointment happens between 8 and 12 weeks of your pregnancy, so great chances are that you may have had your first official baby doctor visit.

An ultrasound at 9 weeks pregnant is typically done transvaginally, meaning you OB or ultrasound technician will probably insert a probe into your vagina (sounds painful, but is truly not!), given that your uterus at this point is tucked away behind your pelvic bone.

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The inserted probe is designed to emit sound waves, so that you can see an image of your 9 week old baby on the display.

That’s however not all that happens at your 9 week prenatal appointment, but your OB will also be able to confirm if you are uterine, meaning you show no signs of tubular or ectopic pregnancy at 9 weeks.

Your doctor at you 9 week prenatal appointment may pinpoint your fetus’s yolk sac, gestational sac and the fetal pole, and if not, it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Your Baby's Development in Week 09

baby development on week 9


Your baby in your 9th week is doing what they are supposed to i.e. continuing to feast on the nutrients and vitamins you provide in order to grow rapidly.

Your new resident in your tummy measures 0.90 inches long and weighs 0.07 ounces. It is about the size of a grape, and its eyes are starting to develop yet are concealed and ears, lips and nose are becoming more defined.

Although your baby at this stage may wiggle quite a bit, great chances are that you won’t feel these movements—not yet anyways! Your baby’s nerves, muscles and organs are also taking shape, and most of its basic physiology is in place.

Pregnancy Week 9 Checklist

 Get all the rest you need
 Invest in maternity bra
 Speak to your GB and clarify any questions about pregnancy you may have