Now that you have evolved with your mood swings and morning sickness, you might experience the peak of your early symptoms by week 9. At this stage, Human Chronic Gonadotropin (hCG), a pregnancy hormone, is at its peak. You might be fatigued, have heartburn, nausea, tender breasts, or constipation by now.
What to Expect?
- You might have aversions and food cravings, and some mood swings
- Main organs are growing in your baby like toes, arms, ears, and eyelids.
- You might hear the heartbeat on a Doppler ultrasound
- Seek help if you have any symptoms or worries about your mental health
Your Child’s Development
By now, your baby is around ¾” long like an olive or a grape. It’s good because your baby is growing her arms and other major organs. Eyelids and ears are emerging, and toes are growing. You will soon feel your baby more active.
If you have discovered that you are giving birth to twins with ultrasound, you must be excited by now. But you need to take extra care of yourself and your babies and stay in touch with your healthcare provider. You may have more intense symptoms, and chances of complications are also high. Ask your gynaecologist doctor if you are at risk of these complications –
- Gestational diabetes
- Preterm labor pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Delayed growth of the fetus
If morning sickness is getting too intense and you have vomiting and severe nausea, ask your doctor.
This week, the following symptoms may continue and also get worse. It is because your body is working hard.
- You have to go to the washroom frequently
- Vomiting or nausea
- Tingly or tender breasts
- Food cravings
- You might have more food cravings
We know these symptoms may scare you. But they will go soon. Here’s what you will need to do to manage these symptoms –
- Relieve soreness with a maternity bra or sports bra.
- High-fibre foods may help dealing with constipation and drink plenty of water to keep your body full.
- Don’t skip meals and don’t stand anywhere for too long. When you have to stand up, do it slowly.
- Eat meals in several portions throughout the day. Don’t eat spicy and greasy foods to avoid nausea and heartburn.
- Have dry toast or salty crackers before you get up. Have digestible and small meals to avoid morning sickness.
- Take breaks to go to the bathroom when needed, and avoid caffeine.