9 Weeks Pregnant
Fetal development in week 9
WOOHOO! Your amazing growing baby has been accepted into to the fetus-club - an exclusive 7 month stage in their prenatal development.
Basically, this means your little sweet pea has graduated from swimming embryo alien creature to a weird-looking little tiny human being! This week in particular, the irises of their little eyes can function, but (frustratingly for them?) their eyelids will be fusing shut until around the 26th week.
Their external ears are formed and their inner ears are now filled with fluid - which allows your little womb gymnast to begin developing their sense of balance.
Their little swimmer legs are still relatively small, although other bodily developments are going forward at a nice pace: their kidney is actually functioning now, which means they're also officially able to urinate. This newly developed pee-trick might seem cute or something, but just wait till you have to start changing diapers!
And how's mom doing?
As you near the end of the first trimester (woot!), not many of the exciting changes inside of you are even noticeable, with perhaps the exception of a mildly bulging midline that doesn't look pregnant enough to stop people from wondering if you need to lay off the donuts.If you'd rather ignore your health and food intake right now... well, let’s just say you're greatly increasing your chances of suffering from depression, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and a multitude of nasty little viruses (think colds and flus) that good health could've beat before you even noticed they'd invaded your pregnant body
And now that you and your baby have entered into the Fetal Period, it is absolutely critical to re-evaluate your personal diet and health regimen.
Having a baby is the ultimate test for your body. If you take care of your health now you'll come out of the pregnancy on top of your health and ready to be an energetic mother in the process of becoming a conscientious eater who only puts premium-grade fuel into your body. And by "premium," we mean: fresh fruits and veggies, non-processed meats, nuts, and non-processed dairy (plain yogurt, cottage cheese).
Notice how we didn't mention whole grains? Yeah, whole grains and carbohydrates derived from wheat or corn can actually irritate the stomach of a pregnant woman, so we don't recommend loading up on too much bread and pasta at this point. Not to mention the fact these carbs will unnecessarily elevate your blood sugar levels, leaving you at a higher risk for Gestational Diabetes.
Last notes for the week: make sure you're getting enough sleep, staying active, drinking loads of water, and taking your prenatals! To help remember your daily prenatal vitamins make it part of a ritual - whether your morning one, around dinner time, or going to bed.
If you'd rather ignore your health and food intake right now... well, let’s just say you're greatly increasing your chances of suffering from depression, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and a multitude of nasty little viruses (think colds and flus) that good health could've beat before you even noticed they'd invaded your pregnant body.
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The Sarcastic Journalist is a freelance writer and mother of two living near Houston, Texas. She has a degree in journalism and an addiction to magazines. Here, she recounts the 40 not-so-glowing but hilarious weeks of her pregnancy!
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Smile for the D***o Cam Honey!
But the doctor? She doesn’t believe you. Yes, they make you take a test to prove that the sore boobies and acne aren’t because you are hitting puberty a little late in the game.
After asking the “when was the last time you had sex” questions, they say they are going to do an “ultrasound.” When they told me this, I imagined sitting in a warmly lit room, my husband holding my hand while the ultrasound wand glided over my belly.
Soft music would pipe in as I’d get my first glimpse at my baby, which would be fully formed (yes, at nine weeks) and waving “hello” to me.
Boy, was I wrong.
What you really get is the “D***o Cam,” also known as the transvaginal ultrasound. It is a form of induction to “The Club.” For the next nine months, all things in your life will revolve around your v****a.
Never had the transvaginal ultrasound? For those of you awaiting your induction, basically, a tech gets a special camera and shoves it where the sun doesn’t shine. There is no soft music, no waving baby. All you get is a full bladder, a pillow shoved under your bottom and a tech that doesn’t even bother to buy you dinner first.