Week Nine of Your Pregnancy

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WEEK 9

Baby - Your baby is now nearly an inch long - the size of a grape - and weighs just a fraction of an ounce.  His eyes and ears are in a critical time of growth and facial features are forming.  Although his eyes are fully formed his eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks.  He has tiny earlobes and his mouth, nose and nostrils are more distinct.  Its head is proportionately large since the brain grows faster than other organs.  Cartilage, skin, and muscles are starting to shape your baby's body and he's finally starting to look more human.  The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones.  Now that all your baby's parts are in place he's ready for rapid growth.
Body - You may still not look pregnant but you may notice a thickening in your waistline and pants may begin to feel tighter.  You will definitely feel pregnant though as for many women this is the peak time for morning sickness and you may be feeling the mood swings kicking in.  It's very common to feel like you are on a roller coaster of emotions, one minute excited about your new baby and the next terrified about becoming a parent.  Most women find that moodiness flares up at around six to ten weeks, eases up in the second trimester, and then reappear as your due date looms near.
There are several testing options available to you now for diagnosing a chromosomal disorder in your developing fetus.  Some can be done as early as 11-12 weeks.  Now is a good time to begin to discuss this with your partner prior to your prenatal visit.  How will you deal with abnormal results?  Do you even want to know?  Do you want to know about a chromosome abnormality so that you can learn and be prepared before your baby is born or do you want to enjoy your pregnancy without knowing and deal with a problem after the baby is born.  These are very personal decisions that you and your partner may not agree upon so discussing them early is very important.  Your healthcare practicioner can then help guide you after discussing the risks, benefits and limitations of these tests.
Recommend -Try exercising by walking, swimming or biking 15 minutes each day.  Drink six to eight glasses of water each day.  Take your prenatal vitamins and consider reading about the First trimester screen, second trimester screen and amniocentesis in preparation for your next prenatal visit.

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