Pregnancy Week 9

Pregnancy Week 9
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You may find yourself with a stuffy nose. Nasal congestion and nosebleeds are fairly common during pregnancy. Try using a vaporizer or humidifier to help lessen the symptoms. Being congested may make you feel dizzy or light headed. You continue to feel tired, nauseated, and possibly dizzy and you might even see fainting spells.

Making a baby is hard work! You may already be wondering how you will finish this first trimester, let alone a whole nine months.

The good news is that the second trimester is often times easier for moms-to-be. That said, you need to find workable solutions to cope with the week you're in and the experience you're having. Work towards extra rest, even if you can't sleep. This might mean naps, or simply laying down a bit earlier at bedtime. This is decidedly more difficult if you have older children. Quiet time works well. I'm also a big believer in giving up housework as needed to rest. You can farm it out, ask for help, pay for help, and yes, lower your standards in some cases. 


We have elbows! Your baby is now approximately 13-17 mm crown to rump length, or about 0.51 - 0.66 inches. S/he also weighs in at 1 gram! Toe rays are present as the toes begin to form. Gonads have become testes (for boys) or ovaries (for girls). Baby will move away if touched through the uterine wall, and can spontaneously move as well.

Ossification (hardening) of the bones may begin.


Don't worry if your pregnant person cries at commercials or seemingly for no reason. These are simply the work of hormones. The same ones that might cause her to be more irritable can also make her feel weepy.

(It's frustrating for her too!) And if you think it's bad being on the receiving end, let us assure you that it's not very pleasant to feel like your body has been taken over. Again, the good news is that as the placenta matures and begins to take over production of some of these hormones, mom-to-be feels better as time goes on.

Readers Share:

Having problems taking your prenatal vitamins? You're not alone. Lots of pregnant women can't stomach their prenatal vitamins very well, particularly in the first trimester. This week, readers share their wonderful tips on getting the prenatal vitamins in and keeping them there. This can include many things like:

  • Taking them at a different time of day.
  • Considering a different prenatal vitamin. 
  • Trying a vitamin in a different format - gel instead of pill, liquid, chewable, etc.
  • Varying how you take them - with food or without, to see if it helps.

Do you have trouble taking prenatal vitamins?

Twin Tips:

Weight gain in a multiple pregnancy is going to be a big issue. By 24 weeks Dr. Luke in her book, "What to Expect When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or More," suggests by 24 weeks that a twin mom gains 24 lbs, a triplet mom gains 36 lbs, and a quadruplet mom gains 50 lbs.

After that, the rate of weight gain should be about 1/2 lb per week, per baby. This extra weight gained early can be beneficial should your babies come early. It can help them weigh a bit more.

Dr. Barbara Luke wrote this excellent resource for moms of multiples. It's heavy on prevention of common multiple problems and really gives you a lot of great advice for keeping healthy and sane in a multiple pregnancy. I used it as a great resource during my twin pregnancy.

Suggested Reading:

Managing Morning Sickness! by Miriam Erick RD
Wow! This book talks about all the helpful things that you can do to alleviate morning (and all day) sickness.

The author is a registered dietician who has spent a lot of time working with pregnant people in her career.