By the 9th week, cartilage is forming and bones are growing. Baby is forming the skeleton that he will use to stand, walk and run later in life. Eye structure is progressing and the tongue is beginning to develop. Intestines have formed in the umbilical cord, but are now moving out of the cord and into baby’s abdomen. Fingers and toes continue to lengthen, but are still webbed. The fetus will weigh about one gram. Multiples continue to grow at the same rate as singlets.
A happy thought for the pregnant woman this week – you have missed our second period. Breasts are growing larger by the day, it seems. Milk ducts are growing and developing in preparation for feeding baby after birth. The breasts have no idea whether you plan on breastfeeding or not, so they will develop no matter the feeding choices mom and dad make. Indigestion may be a problem starting in the 9th week. Hormones can be hard on the body and the digestive system seems to take a hard hit during the latter weeks of the first trimester.
With mom growing larger breasts and not showing yet, dad may be more than happy to oblige mom in the bedroom. Intercourse is safe during all stages of pregnancy. But, dad needs to take moms feelings into consideration as well. Mom may be feeling sick, tired and sore. Those breasts that are so beautiful are tender, so be gentle. If she is not in the mood, don’t take it to heart, pregnancy hormones can also cause mood swings so she may change her mind later.
Keep eating crackers and small meals throughout the day if morning sickness is sticking around. If dad is trying to be intimate, understand that he does not feel the physical changes of pregnancy and may not understand what mom is going through. On the flip side, if you are not in the mood that’s okay too. Weight gain will start soon, if it hasn’t already, so make sure to eat a balanced meal plan rich in folic acid and keep taking those vitamins.
Little is happening in the 9th week of pregnancy. Some women will be having their very first prenatal appointment while others are waiting around until week 12 or so for their second appointment. The first prenatal appointment should be made as soon as possible after finding out you are pregnant. It is not okay to wait around until the end of the first trimester to see an obstetrician.