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9 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 9th Week of Pregnancy

Pregnancy author Heidi Murkoff from WhatToExpect.com and the What To Expect series spells out what’s happening during week 9 of pregnancy with your baby.

At 9 weeks pregnant, your baby has ended the embryonic stage and is entering the fetal period now (good-bye embryo, hello fetus). Your practictioner can now detect your sweet baby’s audible heartbeat.

Your baby’s not quite ready for a cap and gown, but this week, it’s graduation time, as your little one graduates from her embryonic stage and officially enters the fetal period. At about an inch long, the graduate is the size of a medium green cocktail olive. But please, hold the martini!

Baby’s heart is now both developed and large enough to be picked up by ultrasound. But if your practitioner can’t detect the thump-thump of that little ticker this week, don’t worry. It probably means your tiny target is hiding out in a far corner of your uterus or facing away from the sensor. Sometime in the next few weeks, you’ll get a listen for sure.

Your little body builder can boast the groundbreaking of some brand new organs this week. The liver, the spleen, and the gallbladder are all under construction now. The bladder and urethra separate from the developing digestive tract, and the intestines begin to move out of the umbilical cord and into the abdominal cavity, which has grown big enough to house them.

The diaphragm starts to form. It’s the muscular membrane that will separate the chest and abdomen, plus help your cutie breathe after she’s born. And though you won’t feel it yet, your baby is trying out some early moves. Tiny muscles are starting to develop, allowing your little dancer to make spontaneous reflex movements with those tiny arms and legs.

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  1. I am 9 weeks today and had my first ultrasound. I lost 3kg and I'm still picky at what I eat. I only want to eat fruits and anything with vegetables. I'm so happy that my baby has graduated!

  2. My last period was 13 April 2020 I did intrcors on 28 April only one and after 14 Jun I did pregnancy test it has light pink line (+) please you tell how many months and week I am pregnant or not.

  3. Been nauseated 🤢 since 3 weeks , no appetite and sick once or twice of lucky three times a day . I have lost weight . Am waiting for the good feeling as the moment am a little depressed 😩😩

  4. Im 9 weeks too, no actual vommiting unless i make myself do so, which i sometimes do to actually feel better. Other wise ill have that really uncomfortable hot chest feeling! Alot of dry heaving mostly though….

  5. Im 9 weeks and 3 days pregnant & ive been going really well so far, no morning sickness, no vomiting, eating fine, my midwife said i was a lucky one😄
    However after i eat i dont know how to describe it but i get a really weird feeling, i feel as if im on my period😩

  6. I'm almost 9 weeks and I've had nausea all day every day since week 5! So many people on here are saying they don't have any at all. You guys are so lucky. I lost 4-5 pounds from it. All food looks disgusting.

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