9 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby’s tiny limb buds now elongate to form arms and legs and hands and feet, with ridges for fingers and toes. Muscles also start to build, and your baby’s movements can be detected using ultrasound, although you will not be able to feel these just yet. Your baby is now also capable of responding to touch.
Your baby’s heart is also fully formed, and your baby’s strong heartbeat can be heard using ultrasound (this is normally twice as fast as yours, 140–160 beats per minute).
At nine weeks, it might seem as if some of your pregnancy symptoms, such as headaches and nausea, will never go away. This is because pregnancy hormones are at their highest during the first ten weeks, so from that point on, things will hopefully begin to calm down. Eating a well balanced pregnancy diet and healthy eating during pregnancy will really help.
Iron in your pregnancy is very important, both for you now and for your baby’s long-term development. You’ll need it for healthy blood, muscles and for normal development. It’s a good idea to take a source of vitamin C like orange juice, with meals to boost absorption of iron. Later on in your pregnancy, you might be advised to take a supplement but discuss this with your doctor. Blood tests will reveal any iron deficiencies.
Fitness and wellbeing during pregnancy is a very important part of a healthy motherhood. Exercise will contribute to the health of both mother and baby, not only during pregnancy, but after birth.
Make sure to keep active during your pregnancy.