Pregnancy Calendar - Week 9
Are you looking radiant? Your face might look fuller (due to fluid retention) but your skin is probably looking very healthy!
Despite your face looking fuller (due mainly to fluid retention), your skin may be looking very healthy. You may also find that your gums bleed easily when brushing your teeth. Switch to a 'soft' toothbrush during your pregnancy to prevent damaging your gums.
Morning sickness may still be an issue but dietary management of this can help to ease the nausea. If it proves unbearable, mention this to your healthcare provider. This week, your doctor will advise of a number routine of tests (blood and urine) you need to have done. It is also a good time to make your appointment for your 12 week ultrasound. Emotions are still running high and will continue to fluctuate throughout the next 30 weeks.
Sized at approximately 2.4cm (from head to rump), your baby is looking more like a baby than a 'bean', with arms and legs obvious. Your baby's head - still large when compared to the body size - now has a mouth, lips, nose and ears, with eyelids forming this week. Tiny fingers and toes are starting to form and develop at quite a fast rate. Your baby's heart is beating at approximately 180 beats per minute.
More useful links:
Know which foods are safe or unsafe during pregnancy
Chat with others on our morning sickness forum
Read about common pregnancy complaints
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