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What pregnant women need to know in week 9 of pregnancy?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

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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 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 120 ml per minute and will gradually increase to 350 ml 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 – the fetus is stabilized and the risk of miscarriage significantly reduced. You should consider some of the following questions:

Did you experience any complications?

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

Do you have morning sickness or not?

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

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 inform colleagues about your pregnancy now. Your manager can assign your work to other people in time without affecting the operation of the company.

Can superior and your colleagues assist you or not?

This will depend on the work culture. Your work can be affected if you are pregnant and your relationships with superiors. If you are confident that your boss will receive and arrange notification of your pregnancy in a professional manner, the early announcement about your pregnancy means you can take advantage of preferential policies and help pregnancy healthier and less stressed.

Unfortunately, some employers are rarely sympathetic when they know that their employees are pregnant. If you are concerned about the reaction of your superiors, you should be very cautious and wait patiently. When your body start to show signs of pregnancy clearly, that’s when you should notify your superiors. You can also access the individual pregnant colleague and ask about the superior’s treat to hear the news of their subordinates’ 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. Let your doctor know to find the safest treatment that is best suited for you. To help manage your migraine, you should identify the triggers and try to avoid them. Some known triggers include stress, chocolate, cheese and coffee. You can also try avoiding 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 lives inside your vagina. About one out of 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 have symptoms, 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 your risk for any miscarriage.

Health & Safety

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

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

Spray for ants and cockroaches

Since most of the substances in the spray for ants and cockroaches are pesticides and chemicals, the chances are it is harmful for pregnancy. However, to date scientists do not have proven data on pregnant women, so it is difficult to conclude that they are poisonous if we only base on some studies on animals.

Fumigate

Similarly, the scientists also know very little about the effects of fumigation on pregnant women. So after you get bacon at home, you should stay out over a period of time longer than the manufacturer’s recommendations to prevent any bad 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 away from tea which may stimulate uterine contractions or menstruation, such as black cohosh or green tree (an herb in them of 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.

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