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  • Pregnancy Symptoms Week 9: You May Just Hear Your Baby's Heartbeat!

    Hang in there, momma! You're almost through the first trimester of pregnancy.
    by Rachel Perez .
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 9: You May Just Hear Your Baby's Heartbeat!
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  • You're more than halfway in your first trimester and currently into the first week of your third month. You might even be doing research and planning how you want to manage your pregnancy. By now, you are planning to tell a few more key people outside your family and close friends (you know, like your boss). Your baby bump is going to be showing soon!

    Pregnancy signs Week 9

    Some women may start to show in week 9, and it may look like you have put on a bit of weight in the midsection. But there are those who lose weight especially if you have severe morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, which warrants medical attention. 

    On your ninth week of pregnancy, your uterus has doubled in size to accommodate your growing baby. When you touch your 9-week pregnant belly, you may notice that your lower abdomen feels a bit firmer than usual. That's your uterus. 

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    Pregnancy symptoms Week 9

    Time to get a handle on the wee-bit crazy morning sickness and other body changes!

    Morning sickness

    Almost 80% of pregnant women have morning sickness. By this time, your dizziness and the urge to vomit may be at its peak or if you are lucky, it can already be on the down-low since you're almost through the first trimester. Either way, just hang in there. These may help manage your morning sickness: ginger tea, vitamin B-6 supplements, having bland foods and eating small meals. 

    Frequent urination

    Your growing uterus may now be pressing on your kidneys. That and the increased blood flow in your pelvic area are causing you to pee more often than usual. If you're having painful urination, it could be urinary tract infection (UTI), so consult your doctor ASAP.

    Fatigue

    Your body is on overtime, producing more blood 24/7, so it's normal to feel a bit more tired than usual or even easily exhausted even after just doing the simplest activity. Listen to your body and slow down your pace. Rest and sleep if you must even if it means staying home in bed the whole day. 

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    Nasal congestion

    Your body is producing more blood, and as it turns out, it's also producing more of the body's fluids such as mucus production in your nasal passages. 

    Breast tenderness

    Your breasts are getting heavier, your areola is slightly bigger, or your entire nipple area—these are all signs that it's prepping for milk production as early as now. 

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    Heartburn and indigestion

    The muscle valve between the stomach and esophagus is more relaxed; that's why you get heartburn. Try eating slowly and drink only when you've finished your meal. Avoid spicy, greasy, and fatty food as well to prevent heartburn.

    Headaches

    Blame your rising and fluctuating hormone levels. Headaches may also be due to caffeine withdrawal, dehydrated or hunger because you may not be able to keep your food down, thanks to morning sickness. You may also just need to clock in more hours of sleep.

    A warm or cold compress may help ease your headaches. If it's too painful and you feel like you need medication, consult your doctor before taking any. Alert your doctor as well if your headaches are accompanied by vision disturbances. 

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    Bloating, gas, and constipation

    The muscle contractions that usually move food along through the intestines are slower now that you're pregnant. Plus, extra iron from your supplements may also be a factor. Drink lots of water and eat fiber-rich food.

    Food cravings or aversions

    Thanks to your pregnancy hormone situation, your ultra-sensitive sense of smell may make you dislike certain odors and food. You may also find yourself craving for sweets or salty foods, weird combos, or any food at unusual hours. 

    Mood swings

    You feel cranky or cry for the littlest reasons and may experience extreme moods, all because of the fluctuating hormones. Hang in there, momma! You're almost through the first trimester, and many pregnancy symptoms should go away, hopefully. 

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    Your baby's development on Week 9

    If you haven't had your first ultrasound yet, your doctor should schedule a transvaginal one between Week 8 through 12. 

    You baby is graduating the embryo phase and is almost a fetus. It means he's more human-like in appearance. His head still looks more massive than the rest of his body, but the tail-like end, which had already formed into the spinal cord, is already gone.

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    According to What To Expect, at week 9, your little one is about the size of either cherry, a grape, a medium green olive, or lima bean. That's around 0.0 inches and weighs about 0.7 ounces. Your baby is now gaining weight since his limbs and joints are set and his muscles are starting to develop.

    All of your baby's essential organs — heart, brain, kidneys, liver, and lunch — are all functioning now. His facial features are also far more distinct. Your baby can now make a fist and may begin sucking his thumb. He may already have his fingerprints set.

    The baby's next vital organs, such as pancreas and gallbladder, are forming, as well as his fingerprints. His or her reproductive organs are taking developing now, too, but it's still not detectable yet in an ultrasound. It's also too early to feel your baby kick, but your baby is moving his arms and legs now.

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    What you could maybe already hear is his heartbeat via a doppler! If your doctor doesn't catch it yet, don't fret. It could just be because of your baby's position in your womb. Your baby heartbeat will get stronger every day.

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    Your to-do list on Week 9 of pregnancy

    You should schedule your first prenatal checkup with your doctor, as well as your first ultrasound scan. Choose your obstetrician-gynecologist wisely. One good gauge is being able to answer all your questions, no matter how silly they may sound, and explain to you what's going on in your pregnancy and ease your worries. 

    If you've already visited your doctor, you may need to take some routine essential pregnancy tests such as a blood test, urinalysis, screening tests for Hepatitis B and Syphilis, and a pap smear. If your doctor wants you to undergo genetic testing, which is typical for high-risk pregnancies or those who have a family history of genetic conditions. It will help your doctor take better care of you and your baby. 

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    Start investing in your maternity wear, which doesn't automatically mean loose clothing. But yes, you may be comfier wearing loose but comfortable tops and bottoms since your tummy is growing. Choose clothes that you can still use after pregnancy. Getting a maternity or nursing bra might be a great help in everyday OOTD. 

    Sit down with your partner and plan your financials for the pregnancy and the baby's first few months. You might also want to make your boss privy to the fact that you're expecting. Check with your company's human resource department about when you should file your maternity leave

    Other than those, continue to take care of your health. Take your prenatal vitamins, and don't overexert yourself!

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    Pregnancy Symptoms Week 10: Your Baby Bump Is Starting to Show!

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