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9th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes

9th Week Pregnancy

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It is almost like the days have flown past you in a jiffy. You are already in to 9 weeks of pregnancy and your baby is fast growing in the safety of your warm womb, even as you go through the terrible symptoms of early pregnancy.

You are now entering a delicate phase in your pregnancy and should take utmost care of your health and watch out for any symptoms that mean trouble. Eat healthy and stay safe. There are different opinions regarding when the baby in your womb is referred to as fetus and not an embryo. Some say it is at week 8, whereas others say it is week 9. It doesn’t make any difference to you, does it?

“A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” No matter what medical terms are used to refer her, she is your lovely little one who has made place in your heart already and is going to be there forever.

Changes In Your Body:

Though the pregnancy look has not set in, you may feel a bit of tightness in the clothes around your waist and bust line. Your uterus is growing

rapidly inside your belly and from the size of your fist before pregnancy; it may have grown to the size of a cantaloupe or a small melon now. Whatever weight gain you may notice at this period will be more due to water retention in your body than due to your growing baby.

As you have been past the 8th week, the pregnancy symptoms are in full swing, and you may feel as though you have been hit by a car. It feels like you have no more energy to carry on with any other day to day activities and want to just lie down someplace; but then you are forced to run to the bathroom to either throw up or pee.

Your head does not want to leave the pillow even for a second and your feet to do not want to leave the ground beneath them. This is the time when your early pregnancy symptoms are at their height and you feel dead tired even without doing anything.

Extreme Fatigue:

Even though it is the baby doing all the hard work in your womb, you will be feeling extreme fatigue in the first trimester of your pregnancy. Do not underestimate the hard work put in by your body. In the last 8 weeks, your body has undergone tremendous changes to accommodate the safe growth of your baby. The uterus has developed the life support system for your baby, i.e. the placenta.

The metabolism rate and hormonal levels have increased considerably. At the same time the blood pressure and blood sugar levels in your body come down. There is a limit to the changes your body can cope up with, before it gives in and says I am tired. This is when you start feeling the effects of pregnancy fatigue.

Pica:

Do you know 9 weeks pregnant symptoms can leave you with pica? If you want to gulp down the toothpaste, chalk, paper or any other weird unpalatable things; don’t worry that you are losing your mind. This is just the pregnancy pica kicking in. If you are lucky enough, you may find yourself craving for a fresh green apple, pickle or tangy ice-cream, because commonly it is either dirt, clay or laundry starch, burnt matches, stones, charcoal, mothballs, ice, cornstarch, toothpaste, soap, sand, plaster, coffee grounds, baking soda, and cigarette ashes that pregnant women crave for.

Do not eat harmful things just because you have a craving for it. It may have adverse health effects on you and your baby.

[ Read: 10 Weeks Pregnant ]

The Glow:

If you are expecting to glow during your pregnancy as you have heard so often, you may be in for a disappointment during 9th week pregnancy. It is true that some women do undergo a change in their complexion and their skin appears to shine and glow, but this is not true for many.

Unfortunately, some women develop a skin disorder known as chloasma which darkens their skin. Commonly it is referred to as ‘The Mask of Pregnancy’. Again it is the hormones estrogen and progesterone that are increasing the facial pigmentation leading to the discolouring of the skin. Apart from face, there could be visible changes in the skin your breasts, areola, perineum and around your belly button. Fortunately, you don’t have to do anything about these changes in your skin, as it disappears naturally after child birth.

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