Welcome to Week 9
You’re just three weeks away from completing your first trimester! Here’s what this week has in store for you.
Update on Your Body
This week, your uterus and breasts continue to grow bigger and you may even find yourself thickening slightly around your waistline. You may begin to gain weight, unless you still suffer from a poor appetite as a result of morning sickness. If you do, there is no cause for worry, as your baby is still small enough to gain its nutrition even from a reduced diet.
Update on Your Baby
This week, your baby has graduated from an embryo to a fetus. These two phases pertain to different periods of development. While the embryonic phase involves the formation of major organs, the fetal phase involves their growth and development. By this point, your baby has started developing more distinct facial features. At 9 weeks pregnant, you may still be worried about your risk of miscarriage. Seek comfort in knowing that once you’ve seen or heard a heartbeat, your risk falls to only 3 percent. This risk will decline further in the coming weeks.
Your Baby’s Size
0.9 inches, or the size of a cherry.
Tips for an Expectant Mom
Consume at least 1000-1500 mg of calcium daily through calcium-rich foods such as milk, curd, cheese, paneer, butter, ghee, broccoli, green leafy vegetables like spinach and fenugreek, soybeans, and fortified cornflakes and muesli. Your doctor may put you on a 500 mg calcium supplement to fulfil your calcium requirements during your second trimester.
If you experience an increased production of saliva, use a minty mouthwash and follow oral hygiene measures to keep your mouth dry.
Eat fibre-rich foods to keep pregnancy-linked constipation (caused by a descending uterus) at bay.
Wear breathable clothing and underwear to keep dry.
Tips for an Expectant Dad
Try to create a quiet and relaxed atmosphere at home and in your bedroom. Make it a practice to shut devices with screens well before bedtime. You could also put in a few dimmer bulbs to make the environment more serene.