Week 9

Your baby now is about the size of a medium green olive. The crow-to-rump length is 22 to 30 mm and the baby weighs 0.12 ounces. Although your body shape will not yet reveal that you are pregnant, your doctor would be able to notice an enlarged uterus. The hCG hormone is at its peak and you might notice more changes. Your skin may become smoother and a bit plumper, but you might also get an outbreak of pimples. Your hair may become less oily, or more. You might also notice some vaginal discharge, which is usually not a cause for concern.

Although the baby is still very small, it is beginning to look more like a human being. Your babys back is straightening out and the tail is shrinking. In proportion to the rest of his body, the head is large and remains curved forwards onto the chest. The head is erect and the neck is developing well. Even though the eyes are well developed, they are covered by a membrane lid. The eyes will not begin to open and close for quite some time still. Your baby will begin to make tiny fetal movements as the muscles start to develop. You will not be able to feel any of these early movements, but you might be able to see them during an ultrasound. The arms and hands are progressing faster than the legs and feet at this point. By this time of fetal development, the hands have defined finger ridges and the tissue between them will die off to leave separate fingers. It is impossible to distinguish a male from a female at this time because external genitalia look very similar at this point.

Your blood system will change during pregnancy and blood volume will increase by 50%. The increase in blood is important to meet the demands of your growing uterus. Blood volumes will begin to increase during the first trimester and will continue to rise throughout the entire pregnancy. The increase in plasma can cause anemia, which will cause you to feel tired or weak.

In week 9 (7 weeks after conception) the fingers are clearly visible.

See also:

Blood pressure during pregnancy

Caffeine intake during pregnancy

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  1. stacey3 27 February 2015

    9 weeks today! Yay! Growing a baby takes a lot out of a person! I am so tired all of the time...if I do anything, it feels like I ran a marathon! I have no energy. I am hoping this doesn't last long, because it is driving me crazy. My oldest's birthday party is today and I am not sure how I am going to make it through the day without taking a nap. I went to bed early last night, because I knew I would need my sleep for today, but I just got up earlier. Every night I wake up to go to the bathroom and I try to go back to sleep, but end up staying up for 2 hours. I am so parched and if I don't drink anything, it is even harder to fall back asleep. Crazy.....

  2. stacey3 01 March 2015

    Weird vivid dreams almost every night! So, backround story, my sister's husband died 9 years ago in April. Now, last night, I had a dream that my sister lived in my old home. We were there with our kids. They were playing dress-up downstairs. All of a sudden, he appeared. He was alive and very well. He wanted to spend time with my sister and their son and her daughter from her second marraige. I said that was fine as long as she brought me to the grocery store. My sister and I went to the grocery store. I got what I needed, and she was on the phone with a hotel, making a reservation for herself and her husband (the one that came back) I paid for my stuff and we got on our way back to her home. On our way, bombs started going off all around us. We ended up seeing these vaults in the lake on either side of this bridge we were on. The vaults had the area codes for phone service on them. The bridge ended and we got out of the car, trying to hide from the bombs and these minion type things looking for people. We climbed down the side of the bridge and hid. My sister's husband that passed away was with us. The vaults started to go under the water, so we tried to get into the one with our area code on it. When we opened it, it was filled with clean white towels. We tried to get in, but I am not sure what happened next because I woke up...Talk about a strange dream. I don't know what happened to any of our kids in the dream...

  3. stacey3 04 March 2015

    Well, I'm 10 weeks as of tomorrow. I have an US at week 12. I can't wait! After that US, we will be telling the girls about this baby. It seems like the days are going so slow, and the anticipation is killing me! I have not decided yet, how to tell my older daughters. Any ideas? I know, I'm on my own....makes me sad, because last time on here, there were 4 or 5 people that I could chat with. I'm thinking of just having my 2yr old wear a shirt that says 'Big Sister' on it. I wonder if my big girls would notice? It would be funny to see their reactions.

  4. stacey3 04 March 2015

    Counting the hours, because days are going slow! Lol! Well, I am happy to announce that I have not had any strange vivid dreams in a few days. The last one, with the bombs, was actually really scary! At least when I look back, it seems so rediculous. My sister's husband that passed away, in my dream, he had aged to perfect progression too. Very vivid, very strange. Definately don't want to ever dream that again. I have been sharing my dreams with my sister, but I can't bring myself to share that one with her.

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