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Week 9

During this period you are definitely going to experience some changes as the baby has turned into a fetus during this stage. It turns into a stronger and bigger baby. You are near the end of the first trimester.

The size of the baby 
The baby seems like a green olive.

Weight/height of the baby
The baby is around 16-18mm or 0.6-0.7 inches. The fetus weighs around 3 grams or 0.11oz.

About your baby
During the 9th week, the vital organs have already begun to develop. The facial features of the fetus are more recognizable. The tail of the fetus disappears and the human features start being more distinct. The joints of the legs and hands are flexible. The hair follicles and nipples start to develop. The taste buds start developing over the tongue along with the formation of primary tooth buds within the gums. The reproductive organs of the fetus start developing during this stage. The heart completes its transformation into four chambers, it starts beating clearly and loudly. The muscles of the arms and legs start growing at this stage. The baby has more prominent facial features like a tiny nose along with prominent eyelids and ears.

About your body
The baby bump is not yet visible although you might show a bit. You might find it difficult to adjust in those fitted jeans. You are in the third month of your pregnancy stage, the placenta takes a certain shape. Once the placenta forms completely, it starts offering nutrients to the fetus. The body undergoes metabolic changes like fluctuation in blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels. You gain some pounds during this week and in some cases, you might have a firmer lower belly. You will feel similar symptoms that you felt in the first few weeks i.e. morning sickness, fatigue, frequent urination, swollen breasts, nasal congestion, headaches, and digestive symptoms.

Do & Don’ts 
• Keep snacks with yourself and have smaller and frequent meals so that the stomach can easily digest it.
• Exercise regularly and perform light exercises.
• Wear comfortable, loose clothes instead of fitted ones.
• Keep yourself hydrated at all times, to avoid dizziness, constipation, headaches and bloating.
• Try taking small naps to avoid fatigue and exhaustion.

Checklist:
• Go for your first ultrasound
• Shop some comfortable bras for maternity period
• You definitely need a maternity leave at work
• Plan a budget for your baby and yourself during pregnancy
• You need to have screening during the first trimester if you have a family history of genetic disorders

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