You’re officially in the third month – here’s what happens to you and your baby in the ninth week of pregnancy
Ninth week of pregnancy
You entered the ninth week of your pregnancy, you are about to enter the third month of pregnancy, and many annoying symptoms, such as nausea or fatigue, continue to be felt overwhelmingly.
Symptoms of the 9th week of pregnancy
We are entering the third month of pregnancy, the hassles related to the first trimester continue and will last at least until the 11th week.
You probably feel bloated and tired – these are symptoms caused by the hormones circulating in your body. And hormones, especially progesterone, are also responsible for the possible mood swings that are another of the symptoms of pregnancy during this period.
You may have gained weight: but it can also be that it is mostly about water retention and the increase in blood volume.
How the body changes during the ninth week of pregnancy
Starting this week, the work on the kidneys increases, so remember to drink plenty of water.
The uterus has assumed the size of a small grapefruit, it will grow considerably and very quickly in the coming weeks.
Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone induce a hypersecretion of mucus in the nose and cause an edema of the mucous membranes, thus causing swelling and congestion. All this can favor the onset of rhinitis gravidarum which manifests itself as a sort of persistent cold, starting more or less from third month of pregnancy.
Ninth week of pregnancy, as the baby grows
In ninth week of pregnancy, the fetus is about 2 cm and weighs one gram. The head is huge, equal to one third of the whole body, and the forehead is prominent.
His eyes they are always covered by the lids which remain closed and will remain closed until the twenty-seventh week, the nostril holes gradually open, the arms and legs continue to grow.
The sex of the child is already determined and the genitals and urinary tract are already distinct. But it is still too early and the doctor is unable to distinguish yet whether it is male or female. So we have to be patient and wait a little longer before deciding what color to paint the walls of the bedroom.
In the ninth week of pregnancy, the baby is no longer called an embryo, but a fetus.
Curiosities of the ninth week of pregnancy
Pay attention to the urinary tract infections, progesterone levels increase in pregnant women, which increases the risk of urinary tract infections. These disorders generally manifest themselves with a frequent urge to urinate, painful urination and burning.
Do not underestimate the problem and seek medical attention promptly: a badly treated infection can cause serious damage, such as kidney disease or premature birth.
To avoid infections it is good to drink at least one and a half liters of water a day, use natural soaps and detergents, take particular care of intimate hygiene, use cotton underwear.
A very recurrent infection in pregnancy is that of candid.
In case of candida, you can prepare an infusion of chamomile, thyme and fennel (1 cuc for each dried herb) left to rest for 10 min; filter the infusion and dip a piece of cloth (linen or cotton); apply the patch on the vulva for a few minutes.
Ninth week of pregnancy, what to do
If you are over 35 or have a family history of genetic diseases, you may have tests that should be done between the 9th and 12th week. to identify chromosomal abnormalities and genetic disorders.
From the ninth week you can communicate the news of your status to the employer and think if the place is safe to carry on the pregnancy.
If you want to know more about the other 40 weeks of pregnancy, PianetaMamma has created a nine-month calendar with advice on health, nutrition and tests to be done during the 40 weeks. You will also be able to find out about the changes in the mother’s body, how the baby bump grows and how the fetus develops.