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9 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 9 weeks

Your baby is the size of a cherry (length: 0.75-1.0”; weight: 2grams.).

No more tail. Your baby, now known as a fetus, is looking less and less like a pink blob now that the tail has disappeared. With the trunk straightened and elongated, your little one is about an inch long this week.

Growth spurt. This stage is a critical period for arm and leg development. The legs have lengthened and the buds that will eventually become the toes have started to sprout. Meanwhile, the arms have got longer and have begun to bend at the elbow. A basic hand structure is forming too, with the fingers and a thumb. Your baby’s liver, gallbladder, spleen and adrenal gland are working hard to develop.

On the go. Nine weeks marks the beginning of the dance period! Your little one has started moving vigorously, even in response to stimuli from outside of your body. Try to be patient: You’ll have to wait until the second trimester to actually feel these movements.

Your pregnancy at 9 weeks

Make way for milk. Your breasts are probably fuller, heavier and tender to the touch. Although they’ll continue to grow throughout your pregnancy, the sensitivity should subside by the end of your fourth month. You may also start to see small white bumps on your areolas (the dark-colored part of your nipple). These glands, called Montgomery's tubercles, will produce oils to keep your nipples moist during breastfeeding. – mention considering maternity bra or get measured for more comfortable bras.

Drop by the pool. Many experts consider swimming to be the best exercise for pregnant women, as it’s gentle on your joints. The hormone relaxin that’s now running through your body makes your joints loose so that your pelvis can expand during birth. While this will help during your delivery, make sure to avoid any exercises that could put too much strain on your joints in the meantime.

Tip for mum: Consider what you will do regarding work and maternity leave: it may seem early to think about it but planning yourself now will give you plenty of time to inform your boss and make the right choices.

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