9 Weeks Into Your Pregnancy; What's Happening In The Womb?
Congrats, you have made it past the first few weeks of pregnancy! Weeks 3-6 can be very tough both physically and mentally. As your pregnancy progresses, a lot more is happening inside your body. Here are some of the main changes you may notice in the first 9 weeks.
Before we get started why not take a quick peek at our handy back to school health guide!
Week 9 In The Womb
At 9 weeks things are beginning to get very very real. Your baby is now the size of a large kidney bean, and is well on the way! You’re here because you would like to know what’s happening inside the womb, but just for a sec we have a word of advice - now is a good time to start considering budgeting for your baby’s arrival. If you are employed, it’s also a good time to start looking into your maternity cover options and rights.
Now, back to the ins and outs of what is happening in the womb at 9 weeks as well as what your body will be up to!
Symptoms at 9 Weeks
Nausea: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but nausea may still be a major symptom of pregnancy at this stage. Morning sickness (or all day everyday sickness, as it should be called) can be anything from feeling slightly woozy to being physically sick. If you are pregnant with twins you may be severely sick at the 9 week period.
Frequent Urination: At 9 weeks your uterus is really starting to expand. This is causing a lot of blood flow in the pelvic area, hence the frequent sensation to use the loo.
Nasal Congestion: This is one of the lesser known symptoms of pregnancy. When you’re expecting your body produces much more mucus, keep tissues handy at all times to combat any surprises.
Pregnant Belly At 9 Weeks
This is the stage that you might begin to show a wee bit. As we’ve mentioned, your uterus has gotten bigger so if you are struggling to fasten your jeans, blame your uterus!
In the earlier stages it’s recommended to not gain much weight, week 9 is where that begins to change. The amount of weight you should gain is based around your BMI.
Often, gaining any weight is easier said than done at week 9, as you may be suffering from that pesky nausea. Not only this, but food aversions may start to kick in and you’ll find your appetite isn’t what it used to be.
Continue with light exercise as mentioned before. At week 9 it is important to start taking folic acid (if you already haven’t been). Start to avoid soft cheeses, and caffeine products. Don’t consume more than 2-3 servings of fish a week. It’s also important to remember to wash all fruit and veg before consuming. We don’t want to scare you, but a mindful diet is important when pregnant.