Week 9



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Most women will start to put on some weight at this stage, which is normal. But most still won’t have a noticeable baby bump.

Headaches are common. You can take paracetamol according to the instructions on the packet. Also, nausea peaks around this time. Talk with your health professional if there are problems or changes that are really bothering you. You can also read more about health problems in pregnancy.

You’re more prone to dental infections during pregnancy, so take extra care of your teeth and gums. Use soft toothbrushes and dental floss. Consider seeing your dentist for a check-up.

Your baby

Baby is tiny, but growing very quickly:

  • The embryo is about 1.7 cm long, from head to tail.
  • The head looks much more like a baby now, although it’s big compared to the rest of the body. The facial features are more defined. The external and middle ear are taking shape, but babies can’t hear until about 24 weeks.
  • Tiny blood vessels are visible underneath the embryo’s transparent skin.
  • Your baby’s skeleton is starting to form.
  • Arms and legs are longer and slightly bent. It looks a bit like your baby is hugging itself.
  • The umbilical cord and placenta are developing.

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