Week 9

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Update Date 06/12/2019 . 4 mins read

Baby Development

How is my baby growing?

You are now 9 weeks pregnant! Your baby is growing fast and is now about the size of a grape, weighing about 28 grams and is about 2.54 cm long.

Your baby’s heart development is almost complete, dividing into four separate chambers. The valves are starting to form, creating a strong fetal heartbeat. Although you may not hear or feel anything, your baby’s heartbeat can be detected by a special device called a Doppler. Your doctor will use this device to examine the fetal heartbeat. You will find comfort everytime you hear your baby’s heartbeat. It will remind you that your growing baby is getting stronger every day.

Body & Life Changes

How is my body changing?

Many of your friends may say that you have this pregnancy glow. This may be true. To support your growing baby, your body is producing more blood cells and increasing blood flow. This can cause blood to rush to your skin, creating a warm glow. This also means you may feel other symptoms such as dizziness, lightheaded or feeling hot and sweaty. This is completely normal. Studies have shown that women who are not pregnant have about 100ml of blood flowing through the uterine artery. During early pregnancy, your blood flow may increase to about 120ml per minute and will gradually increase to 350ml per minute when you get closer to your due date. When you feel dizzy or lightheaded, you should lie down and rest. Remember, you need to take it easy.

What should I be concerned about?

When would be the best time to announce to everyone that you are pregnant? Many women have to wait up to four months, where the fetus is stabilised and the risk of miscarriage is significantly reduced. You should consider some of the following questions:

Have you experienced any complications?

If yes, go to the doctor as soon as possible and be careful when doing daily activities. You will feel more relieved if you speak to colleagues about your pregnancy.

Do you have morning sickness?

If you are near-constant nausea or vomiting regularly, you will have to speak with superiors about pregnancy earlier than you expect.

Is your job strenuous or potentially dangerous?

For the sake of the baby and yourself, you will probably need to relax your mind soon, so now’s the time to inform colleagues about your pregnancy. Your manager would be able to assign your work to others immediately without affecting operations.

Would superiors and colleagues be able to assist you?

This will depend on the work culture. Your work and relationships with superiors can be affected when you are pregnant. If you are confident that your superior will receive news of your pregnancy in a professional manner, an early announcement about your pregnancy will mean that you can take advantage of preferential policies and help reduce pregnancy stress.

Unfortunately, some employers are hardly sympathetic when they come to know that their employees are pregnant. If you are concerned about the reaction of your superiors, you should be cautious and be patient about the announcement. When your body begins to show clear signs of pregnancy, that’s when you should notify your superiors. You can also try to speak to colleagues who have experienced pregnancy before to gauge the relative superior’s reaction to subordinate pregnancy.

Doctor Visits

What should I tell my doctor?

If you usually suffer from migraines, you may experience more attacks during your pregnancy. There are higher levels of pregnancy hormones circulating through your blood. This can trigger a migraine and cause intense pain. Speak to your doctor about it to learn about treatments that are best suited you. To help manage your migraine, you should identify its triggers and consciously avoid them. Some known triggers include stress, chocolate, cheese and coffee. You can also try to avoid noise, direct light and any odors by lying down in a dark and quiet room for a few hours.

What tests should I know about?

Bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection that affects women of childbearing age. It is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria that live inside your vagina. About one in five women who are pregnant get bacterial vaginosis at some point during their pregnancy. You may not experience any symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, but if you do, you may have white or gray vaginal discharge that produces a fishy odor. This smell may be more noticeable after sex. You may also experience irritation or itching around the vagina and vulva.

Bacterial vaginosis increases your risk of miscarriage and premature rupture of membranes surrounding the baby. If you have any symptoms of a vaginal infection, it is important to inform your doctor immediately. Bacterial vaginosis can easily be treated with antibiotics. Early detection can reduce any risk of miscarriage.

Health & Safety

What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?

You may have many concerns during pregnancy. These concerns may include the following:

Bug spray/pesticide

Seeing as most of the substances in bug spray contain chemicals, it is considered to be incredibly harmful for pregnancy. However, to date, scientists do not have conclusive data on its effects on pregnant women as most of the studies have been performed on animals.

Fumigation

Similarly, scientists also know very little about the effects of fumigation on pregnant women. If your home has undergone fumigation, it is strongly advised to stay out longer to avoid any untoward effects.

Herbal tea

Generally, there is no evidence confirming that drinking herbal tea is not safe. However, you should pay attention to avoid teas containing ingredients which have pharmacological effects (which affects your body). You should also stay clear of tea which may stimulate uterine contractions or menstruation, such as black cohosh or green tree which contain a herb similarly found in yellow-flowered buttercups, Ranunculacea.

Let’s see how your baby and you are doing during the 10th week of pregnancy.

Hello Health Group does not offer any advice, diagnosis or medical treatment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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