Get ready to say so long to the single digits!
Now that you’re 9 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of a fig. The heart has divided into four chambers and the placenta is formed and ready to do its big work of producing specific hormones for your pregnancy. Your pregnancy symptoms may have started to decrease, leaving you feeling a bit more like yourself. Or, maybe you’re starting to feel like your body is taking over and you’d better get out of its way.Your last week in the single digits. Wow.
Can’t take the wait!
The suspense may be killing you, but your baby’s genitalia at 9 weeks is not visible yet. Usually the “big ultrasound”, otherwise known as the anatomy scan, isn’t until around the 20th week of your pregnancy. So, cool your jets for now. This baby’s staying modest for a little while longer.
We’ve decided to name the baby Nunn Ovyorbizness…
If you’ve already made your announcement that you and your partner are expecting and that you are 9 weeks pregnant, you may be having second thoughts about your decision. Suddenly everyone has an opinion and everyone is an expert on what you should and shouldn’t do, and how you should go about it. It can all be very overwhelming. Try coming up with a couple polite one liners that you can repeat each time someone offers “advice” or criticisms. Something along the lines of, “ Isn’t it great that everyone has options?”, or even “That’s something that we will probably decide privately.” And there’s also a simple “Thanks!”. All over the place emotions seem to be one of the pregnancy symptoms that stays with you the entire pregnancy, so try not to let unwanted remarks rain on your parade.
Trying to be patient with pregnancy symptoms while 9 Weeks Pregnant …
Speaking of pregnancy symptoms. You may be one of the unlucky that end up with nausea or exhaustion for all 9 months of your pregnancy. While 9 weeks pregnant, pregnancy symptoms that have been with you this whole time are common. They may subside, but, they may not. If you haven’t already, have a serious talk with your doctor about the pregnancy symptoms that are making your day-to-day routine tough. Even while 9 weeks pregnant, you may want to consider talking to your doctor about medications for nausea. No matter what, give yourself a break. Dealing with pregnancy symptoms day after day is difficult, especially when you’d really like to feel better and get to actually enjoy your pregnancy.
Maybe more than the blues…
Intense emotions are tricky to navigate, to say the least. This may be one of the least talked about pregnancy symptoms. You may feel like crying at the drop of a hat, you may be finding yourself feeling depressed, and you may even be doubting your ability to be a good mother. While these feelings are common, this is one of the pregnancy symptoms that should not be ignored. Be honest with whomever you are getting your prenatal care from. In the meantime, talk to your partner about your feelings. His job right now is to support you, so don’t be concerned about burdening him. No one said pregnancy was easy. Well, maybe some did, but they might have been fibbing.
Whose body is this???
Around 9 weeks, you may be noticing that your pants are a little bit harder to button, and your blouse is fitting a little bit tighter. Get ready, your body is about to change like you never imagined. Now’s the time to be at peace with the fact that you will be gaining weight. It’s important that you get more calories than usual, and if your pre-pregnant self was in the habit of carefully monitoring your caloric intake, this may feel a little funny. Your doctor or midwife should let you know by the time you are 9 weeks pregnant what your ideal weight gain should be. Don’t be alarmed if you gain a lot of weight right off the bat. Some women gain weight gradually and some gain the majority of their weight all at once. It’s important to make healthy choices, but it’s just as important to make sure you are OK with your body, ahem, expanding.
Don’t forget! He’s pregnant too (sorta)!
Checking in with your partner often is key, so make a point of asking him how’s he’s handling the pregnancy so far. He may be worried about money, if your home is ready for a baby, or if your relationship will change. Consider him 9 weeks pregnant as well, and with his own set of pregnancy symptoms. Set aside a night a week for a date. It could be dinner and a movie, or it could just be watching a movie at home and ordering Chinese food. A pregnancy can make for some new dynamics in a relationship, so keep the communication going, and make time to enjoy each other and have a good time.
You can do it!
So, it’s your last week in the single digits. If you’re having a rough day (or week or month) and those darn unwanted pregnancy symptoms try and ruin all your fun, just keep in mind that your body was made to do this. Some women say that between the vomiting, the exhaustion and the all over the place emotions, the first trimester of pregnancy feels like the most pregnant they ever felt the whole 9 months. So, get some rest, enjoy some cuddles on the couch with your sweetie and get ready for the double digits!