Thursday, June 17, 2010

Week 9

Your Pregnancy: Week 9~ If you've never kept a journal, do yourself a favor and start one today! Because despite the fact that your pregnancy is literally all you can think about right now, as soon as the delivery is over, you'll barely remember what it was like being pregnant (except maybe those weeks you spent with your head in the toilet). Plus, keeping a diary will help you appreciate all that amazing work your bod is doing. If you're going to spend nine months performing a miracle, you might as well document it.Wondering what's up with your body, your baby and your life this week?

Your Body~ At about this time, you may look more like a Victoria's Secret model than a pregnant woman. One of the perks, or downsides, depending on the letter bra you started with, is a new, more voluptuous chest. Get used to it. Chances are your boobs will grow even more—and that's even before your milk has come in! Your partner may be fired up about your new curvy shape, but along with an increase in size, you're probably experiencing breast soreness and tenderness. That means it's lookie but no touchie, partner.Don't worry if you notice lumpy breasts or changes in your areola. These are normal changes (even if you think they look abnormal).Enjoy your new chest while it lasts (or don't worry ... it isn't permanent). After pregnancy and nursing, your breast size will most likely return to its pre-pregnancy proportions.

Your Baby~ Big news! You may be able to hear the heartbeat this week with the help of a Doppler, an ultrasound device that captures the chug-a-chug sound of baby's heart. The first time you hear baby's heart, your own heart may skip a beat—it's the first real evidence that there's someone growing inside you! If you can't hear the heartbeat, no worries, your doc will just check again in a few weeks. Other amazing developments this week:Baby is beginning to move, but you won't be able to feel anything for some time.Baby is growing nipples and hair follicles (although there's still a chance you'll be giving birth to a baldy!) His pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and anus are all in place, ready to poop and pee a dozen times a day when he's born. Your baby's head is half the size of his body and his little chin is tucked into his chest. His tiny tail is beginning to shrink away, giving Junior a more human and less amphibious look.Until now, all pre-babies look the same "down there." This week, however, your baby will begin to develop either male or female genitalia. In layman terms, your baby is beginning to develop her hoo-ha or his wee-wee. While you won't be able to find out the gender of your baby for several more weeks, the version you'll give birth to is being developed right now. At this stage, your developing fetus is 1-inch in length, about the size of a martini olive (you remember martinis, don't you?) and weighs a mere 2 grams—a little less than a penny.

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Your baby has grown in the last week. Now about an inch long, she is about the size of a grape and weighs less than an ounce. In the coming weeks, she will continue to gain weight rapidly, as her basic physiology is finally in place.
Her heart has divided into four unique chambers and her muscles and organs are able to move independently. Her eyes are fully formed, but at week 9 her eyelids are fused shut. Look for her to open her eyes for the first time around week 27! The tiny tail your baby once had is now entirely gone and her sex organs have developed. However, it is probably still too soon for your doctor to discern your baby's sex. If you are hoping to find out what you are having, hang on just a bit longer. Most parents find out the sex of their baby around weeks 16 - 20, and that is right around the corner.

Week 9 = Mood Swings. Even if you don't feel like you are showing, by week 9 you may have already experienced morning sickness, fatigue and mood swings. Mood swings are common at this stage, so don't beat yourself up if you feel elated one moment and terrified the next. You are not alone! Fluctuating emotions are normal at this stage in the game, but there is hope! Many moms report that their mood swings usually lighten up during the second trimester.
Are you gaining weight? Some women begin to retain water around week 9, which contributes to weight gain. But just like your mood, your weight may be fluctuating, going up and down all day. In fact, it may seem like you get a different number every time you step on the scale.
Did you know? Water retention can cause your weight to go up or down by 5 lbs in a single day! If you find this changing number stressful, it's best to stay away from the scale. Weigh yourself only once a day, or even better, only a couple of times a week.

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