9weeks

9weeks

You are now nine weeks pregnant (or in your tenth week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby’s growing

Your baby weighs under 10g — a fraction of an ounce — but is poised for rapid growth. All the body parts are now present, including arms, legs, eyes, genitals and other organs, though they’re not yet fully formed. Read more information on your baby’s development this week.

How your life’s changing

Physically you’re unlikely to look pregnant unless this pregnancy isn’t your first, but you may feel very tired and sick — not necessarily in the mornings — so take care of yourself. Pregnancy hormones can also wreak havoc in other ways. Many women suffer from painful headaches and back problems such as sciatica and, unfortunately, these hormones also help make the perfect environment for vaginal thrush. Whatever your particular pregnancy annoyance, follow our suggestions for natural remedies you can try.

Staying active can mean a healthier pregnancy and a faster recovery after the birth. Don’t overdo it though — choose a safe exercise program recommended throughout pregnancy and make sure you don’t get too hot.

It’s early, but how you sit and the activities that you choose to do in pregnancy can make all the difference in helping your baby to get into a good position for birth later on and mean that you have the stamina for an active birth. It’s a good idea to start thinking about these things now so that you can get into good habits.

Parent Tip: Calcium without the calories

“Since I got pregnant I’ve been making an effort to eat well and to drink more milk but I’ve swapped to semi-skimmed to limit the additional calories. You get all the calcium you need without the extra fat.” — Linda G.

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