9 weeks Pregnant

9 weeks pregnant

Your developing Baby –

When you are 9 weeks pregnant, your baby measures about 0.6 to 0.7 inches (16 to 18 millimeters) from crown to rump and weighs around 0.1 to 0.2 ounces (3-4 grams).

The embryonic tail of your baby has almost disappeared by this week.

Your baby’s head is growing, and it will be large compared with the rest of the body and it curves onto the chest.

The tip of the nose has developed and can be seen in his face

Eyelids started taking shapes over the skin of eyes, which will become more noticeable in the next few weeks.

The digestive system continues to develop. The anus is forming, and the intestines are growing longer.

Externally, the genitals are developing. While internal reproductive features, such as testes and ovaries, start to form when you are 9 weeks pregnant.

At 9 weeks pregnant, the baby has started movement  in your belly- but your baby is still very small for you to feel.

His eyelids, now completely covering his eyes, are fused and won’t open until week 26.

Tiny earlobes are now visible.

His wrists are more developed, his ankles have formed, and his fingers and toes are clear to see.

His genitals are growing fast But still it’s not yet possible to tell the sex of your baby by ultrasound.

 Your changing Body –

Around now, you should have your first antenatal appointment, called your booking appointment. In preparation for your first prenatal visit, take the time to familiarize yourself with your family’s health history and to review your medical records. Have you had any chronic illnesses, allergies, or surgeries? Are you currently taking any prescription medications? Do you know of any genetic disorders that run in your family? Has your menstrual cycle been regular, and have you had any past pregnancies? Do you smoke or drink alcohol? What are your exercise habits? These are the things your health care provider will want to discuss with you, so it will help to have this information ready when you go.

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