9 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed nine weeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (9 weeks)

Currently the baby weighs approximately 10g but she is set to grow rapidly in the next few weeks. All her body parts are now formed and that includesher arms, legs and eyes. Her organs are also developing though it will be some more time before her organs are fully formed. The placenta is completely functional by now, creating nutrients for the baby and removing her waste products.

Your symptoms at this stage (9 weeks)

It is unlikely that you are looking pregnant yet, but you may still be feeling very tired and nauseous, so you need to take care of yourself. Most women will start to have a glow on the face due to surge in hormones.

Hormonal changes during your pregnancy can create havoc in your body in many ways. Many a times, women suffer from headaches or even back aches due to these changes.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy also create the perfect environment for vaginal thrush; it is a kind of infection caused by a fungus which we carry in all our bodies but flourishes due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. You should see your doctor if you feel itchy, have thick white discharge or any pain.

Your life at this stage

Being active during your pregnancy is likely to help you remain healthier during your pregnancy as well as help you recover faster after delivery. However, it is advised not to overdo the exercises. If you haven’t started yet, choose a safe form of exercise, consult your doctor and start with some simple exercises, although it is recommended that you should make sure that you don’t get too warm while your workout.

Now that we are on the topic of staying active, it’s possible that you are worrying about whether it’s safe to be sexually active while pregnant. Try not to be stressed about it. For most women it’s completely safe to sexually active during pregnancy.

Currently it is possible that you feel like grabbing the bucket more instead of your partner, but many pregnant women feel much better once the first trimester is over.

Important things to keep in mind

  • You might need to change beauty routine while pregnant. The effect of hair colours is not known on babies so it is best if you could use a natural hair colour such as henna. If you used to dye your hair frequently before pregnancy, consult your doctor before using hair dyes.
  • Try to increase fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  • Bleeding and cramping can be signs of a miscarriage. Call your doctor if you experience these, it is advisable to get any amount of bleeding checked out while pregnant.