First Trimester

Pregnancy Calendar: Week 9

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Welcome to week 9, mummy! The embryo measures 18mm (3/4 inch) in length and is the size of a green olive.

Your baby has grown about an inch since last week. Tiny muscles are beginning to form, gearing up to move her arms and legs. It’s still too soon to feel anything in your belly but spontaneous limb movements may be detected by an ultrasound. However, you might be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat at your next checkup.

Common Symptoms

You’ve probably never felt so tired in your life, it’s because your body is working overtime preparing for motherhood as it develops the placenta (your baby’s lifeline). At the same time, your metabolism and hormone levels are surging, which triggers a decrease in blood sugar and blood pressure.

  • Increased sense of smell
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Excessive saliva
  • Breast tenderness and change
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination

To-Do List

  • Linger in bed longer.
  • Wear a cotton sports bra to bed to minimise the discomfort of enlarging breasts.
  • Chew on sugarless gum to increase saliva, which then neutralises the acid in your stomach.

Makchic Fun Tip!

Time to glow, mum-to-be! Let your aesthetician know you’re expecting so she can skip treatments, like peels, that might irritate your sensitive skin.