Week nine is the time when your little darling’s fingers and toes start to change to actual digits.
Nine weeks into your pregnancy and don’t you want to know what’s happening inside your womb and how your baby is growing?
As and when you begin the ninth week, there will be a transition for your baby from the embryonic stage to that of a foetal period. At this point, they’ll be nearly one inch long and will be the size of that of a large bean or perhaps an olive.
At this stage your baby’s nerves, organs and muscles will all start to function. Moreover, the heart of the baby will be beating stronger and faster. However, this tiny heartbeat can be picked up by the ultrasound devices such as a Doppler, though this isn’t always achievable depending on the position of your baby in the uterus.
Their ears are also beginning to develop, and their eyelids are now in place but will be fused till week 26. Meanwhile, their small fingers and toes start to change from those webbed ones into the actual digits.
When you reach the ninth week, you will find that your waistbands are becoming a bit uncomfortable, even if you do not have an actual ‘bump’ on board! If you are still holding those waves of nausea at specific times of the day, the last thing you need is restrictive clothing around your tum. As the best alternative, you could go for the stretchy, breathable fabrics whenever possible, and also make use of the leggings, or jeggings and long tops. Also from the eighth week onwards you might find slight changes in the size of your breast.
Your baby will now be only an inch long – nearly the size of a grape – and will be weighing just a portion of an ounce. The baby begins to look more and more human. It’s major body parts are accounted for, although they’ll go through various fine-tuning in the months yet to come. There are also many other changes taking place in the body of the baby. The baby’s heart finishes sectioning into four chambers, and the valves begin to form (even the tiny teeth starts to develop). The embryonic “tail” will have vanished completely. The baby’s organs, nerves and muscles will have begun to function. The external sex organs will be there, but it will not be distinguishable as female or male for atleast a few weeks. The eyes will be formed completely. However, the eyelids are fused shut, and it will not be open till 27 weeks. She will now have small earlobes, and her nose, mouth, and nostrils would have turned more clear. The placenta is grown enough now to take over most of the important job of creating hormones. Now that your baby’s elementary physiology is in place, it is poised for accelerated weight gain.
Now your baby is no more an embryo. It is a foetus. The baby is now nearly the size of a cherry and its digestive tract and reproductive organs are also formed. However, it’s still too early for even an experienced technician to determine whether you’re having a girl or a boy.
Baby’s Length: the length of the baby will be around .9 inches.
Baby’s Weight: the weight will now come around .07 oz.
Chorionic villi: If you have CVS or Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) in the next few weeks, then the doctor will extract cells from the diminutive projections in the placenta known as the chorionic villi.
Earlobe: in the ninth week your baby must have developed the earlobes.
Eyelid: the eyelids of your baby will be fused shut and will not open till around 27 weeks.
Fingers: The finger tips of your baby are somewhat enlarged where his”touch pads” are growing.
Shoulder: Your baby will now be able to move its limbs; all the major joints will be functioning, which includes the shoulders, wrists, elbows, knees, and ankles.
You still may not appear like you are pregnant, even if your waist is expanding a bit. You might possibly feel that you are pregnant. Other than the usual morning sickness and those physical symptoms, you may also seem like an emotional pinball as well.
You will also note that the mood swings that you have are more frequent now. However, it is perfectly natural to feel alternately happy and terrified about becoming a parent. You could try cutting yourself more free. Most women notice that their moodiness increases at around 6 to 10 weeks, get reduced in the second trimester, and later reappears towards the end.