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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fetal Development - I Am 9 Weeks Pregnant

Tomorrow is the end of 9th WEEK and will soon or not just yet, to finish my delicate first trimester of pregnancy. Hubby and I are keeping our fingers crossed to have finally will get over my first trimester, so as to give us relief as to whether our baby can be able to go through out its life 'til birth.

Baby Centre UK states that, by the tenth week of pregnancy, I may find myself riding pregnancy's emotional roller coaster, feeling moody one day and joyful the next. Disturbing as this is to some women who pride themselves on being in control, what you're going through is normal and will probably continue throughout your pregnancy. Up-and-down emotions are partly caused by raging hormones.

At week's end, fetus measures approximately 0.9 inches / 2.3 centimetres long. In both shape and size, it resembles a peapod and weighs less than a tenth of an ounce / 2 grams. The eyelids are fused and won't open until week 27. The wrists are more developed, ankles have formed, and the fingers and toes are clearly visible. Arms are growing longer and bend at the elbows. By week's end, the inner workings of the ears are complete. Though I can't yet identify the sex of the fetus by ultrasound
, its genitals have begun to form. By now the placenta has developed enough to support most of the critical job of producing hormones.

I will have soon need to make decisions about antenatal screening, and we have a complete guide to
antenatal tests.

• Note: Experts say every baby develops differently -- even in utero. These fetal development pages are designed to give a general idea of how a fetus grows in the womb.

How my life is changing:

Physically I'm unlikely to look pregnant unless this pregnancy isn't my first, but I may still feel very tired and sick - not necessarily in the mornings - so cosset yourself. Pregnancy hormones can also play havoc in other ways. Many women suffer from painful headaches and back problems such as sciatica and, unfortunately, these hormones also help make the perfect environment for vaginal thrush. Whatever your particular pregnancy bugbear, follow our suggestions for natural remedies you can try.

Source: Baby Centre UK
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