Your pregnancy and baby guide
You and your baby at 9 weeks pregnant
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- Secrets to success
- Am I pregnant?
- Early days
- Week by week
- Preparing for the birth
- Work out your due date
- Tests scans and checks
- Your pregnancy (antenatal) care
- Your health and wellbeing
- Existing health problems
- Common pregnancy ailments
- Pregnancy-induced conditions
Labour and birth
- The start of labour
- The birth
- Emotions and worries
- Premature babies
- How to breastfeed
- Breastfeeding problems
- Lifestyle and breastfeeding
- Bottle feeding
- Newborn screening tests
- Newborn essentials
- New parents
- New mums
- Twins and multiples
Babies and toddlers
- Weaning and solid foods
- Baby health and care
- Spotting signs of serious illness
- Reflux in babies
- How to take a baby's temperature
- Reducing the risk of SIDS
- Treating a high temperature
- Sleep problems in children
- Coughs, colds and ear infections
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Infectious illnesses
- Children's medicines
- Looking after a sick child
- Serious conditions and special needs
- Constipation in young children
- Your baby's height and weight
- Baby health and development reviews
- Leg and foot problems in children
- Learning, play and behaviour
- Safety and accidents
Your baby at 9 weeks
The baby's face is slowly forming. The eyes are bigger and more obvious, and have some colour (pigment) in them. There's a mouth and a tongue with tiny taste buds.
The hands and feet are developing – ridges identify where the fingers and toes will be, although they have not separated out yet.
The major internal organs, such as the heart, brain, lungs, kidneys and gut, continue developing.
At 9 weeks of pregnancy, the baby has grown to about 22mm long from head to bottom.
You at 9 weeks
During this time your breasts will have got bigger, so consider wearing a supportive bra.
You may also find that your emotions vary – you feel happy one moment and sad the next.
Do not worry – these feelings are normal and should settle down.
It's normal to have more vaginal discharge when you're pregnant.
But tell your midwife or GP if the discharge smells unpleasant or strange, you feel itchy or sore, or you have pain when you pee.
These could be signs of a vaginal infection and need to be checked.
Things to think about
- routine checks and tests you'll be offered in pregnancy
- find out about the pregnancy (antenatal) care you can expect on the NHS
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Page last reviewed: 04/10/2019
Next review due: 04/10/2022