9 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

    9 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

    You’re 9 weeks pregnant. At this stage of your journey, new developments are beginning to unfold. Explore our week-by-week guide to find out what’s in store for your baby and your body in week 9 of pregnancy.

    At 9 weeks pregnant:

    • Your baby is the size of a cherry
    • You’re officially in the last two weeks of your first-trimester
    • The countdown continues: you’ve got 31 weeks to go

    What happens during the 9th week of pregnancy?

    • A baby baby — your little one is now about three quarters of an inch long and weighs one tenth of an ounce.
    • Tiny tummy — baby’s digestive tract and anus have formed but they won’t be producing waste for quite a while yet.
    • Heads or tails as your baby’s face becomes more pronounced, the tiny tail-like tip of the spinal cord has shrunk considerably and almost disappears by the end of this week.
    • Bend and flex baby’s bones and tiny muscles are growing, with development between the brain and nerves meaning the elbow can bend this week.

    What should I be feeling at 9 weeks pregnant?

    • There are mood swings, morning sickness, fatigue, and weird cravings but these things don’t matter as you’re doing great and you’ll be hearing baby’s heart beat very soon.
    • You may notice the appearance of red or blue spider (or varicose) veins in your legs. Try to avoid doing things that restrict blood flow like crossing your ankles or legs or wearing tight socks.
    • Food aversion is when something you’d normally love holds no appeal or even the thought of it makes you feel ill. It won’t last forever, but here are some tips for how to deal with it right now.

    9 Weeks Pregnant Facts

    How big is your baby? Check out the chart below to find out!

    Baby Size at 9 Weeks
    Baby Weight 0.07 ounces
    Baby Length 0.9 inches
    Baby Size Comparable to a cherry

    Week 9 Pregnancy Symptoms

    During week 9 of pregnancy, your body is adjusting to the new life it’s supporting. As your baby changes, you will too, and there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may experience at this time. Keep these week 9 pregnancy symptoms on your radar:

    • The nauseating symptoms of morning sickness here. Try ginger, vitamin B6 and even acupressure bracelets to help relieve the nausea.
    • You're still experiencing mood swings. This is totally normal given how your hormones are surging. 
    • You’ll be very fatigued at points as your body draws nutrients in to feed your little one.
    • You will feel like you need to pee all the time, but at the same time, you need plenty of fluids to stay hydrated just avoid too much coffee.
    • If you’re getting headaches, it may be from hormones or just your body adjusting to changes in posture. You can still take acetaminophen if you already do.
    • If you’re still feeling nauseous from morning sickness, try foods that contain ginger, ginger ale, or ginger lollipops. Also try foods that are bland and low in fat

    Tips:

    Being 9 weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Get advice on how to adjust to this new stage from the experts at Enfamil.

    • You will be coming up for your first prenatal appointment. There will be a range of tests, but there’s also the excitement of hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
    • Educate yourself on what’s safe to eat and do when you’re pregnant. It will surprise you, like not handling cat litter or having to change to cosmetics that are pregnancy-friendly.
    • Heartburn is a part of pregnancy for most women at some stage, due to the effects of hormones. Avoid heartburn triggers, such as acidic or spicy foods, carbonated beverages, and fried foods.

    Week 9 Checklist: Plan Your Pregnancy

    Be prepared. Explore our pregnancy checklist below and add these items to your to-do list this week.

    To-Do Complete
    Read up on what to expect at your prenatal appointment
    If you haven’t already, come up with a fun way to tell your family and/or friends.

    That’s all the details of being 9 weeks pregnant helpful. Learn how to change up your workouts while you’re pregnant or read up on the week ahead.