There’s been more growth spurts, and this time your baby is about the size of a large grape (around 2cm). Their reproductive and digestive organs are developing now and their little head is tucked in to their chest, looking more and more like a baby.
By nine weeks, you should have spoken to your doctor about prenatal tests. If you are doing the standard 12 week testing, you should have your ultrasound scan appointment booked and been told when you need to go for the blood test that is part of that testing. If not, ring your doctor to find out where you need to go for these tests, if you are having them. These tests are covered by medicare and available to all pregnant women. Your doctor may have also given you the option of taking the Harmony Test. If you’re not sure what that is, you can read about it here.
There are two prenatal tests available in the second trimester, and it is around this time that your doctor will probably mention them to you, even if you are 9 weeks pregnant with no symptoms. The tests are chorionic villi sampling (CVS) and nuchal translucency (NT).
CVS is usually undertaken between 9 and 14 weeks. This test involves taking a small sample of cells from the placenta and examining them to check for chromosomal abnormalities. This test is considered more important if you are over the age of 35 or if you have a family history of certain genetic diseases.
Your doctor may also suggest nuchal translucency, which is a less invasive test than CVS. The NT test usually comprises of two parts, which are a blood test and an ultrasound to check for markers of Down syndrome. Although the results are not conclusive, this test can give you an idea of whether your baby is at high risk of having Down syndrome so you can decide whether to undergo more invasive testing.
There are risks to consider with both types of tests, and it is important to educate yourself fully so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not prenatal testing is right for you.
You may find yourself feeling less like going out and more like staying home, especially if your 9 weeks pregnant symptoms include morning sickness and tiredness. You may also feel more emotional and these feelings will vary: you feel happy one moment and sad the next. Don’t worry, these feelings are normal and should settle down.
If you feel overly emotional, you may want to avoid stressful situations and people. To help deal with anxiety, if you feel this way, you might join a support group to share your symptoms or speak to your GP.
Also, reach out to your partner for support and to explain your feelings. Help your partner to better understand what is going on by keeping the channels of communication open between the two of you.
Stay active, start exercising — find out about what exercise is safe and keeping active.
If you are working, the 9 weeks pregnant stage might be a good time to start thinking about when you are going to tell your boss and coworkers that you are expecting a baby. It is usually advisable to tell your boss the news before you start to show and before colleagues can guess.
If you plan to take maternity leave, start to think about how far along in your pregnancy you want to work until and how much time you want to take off.