9 Weeks Pregnant

| September 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

Childbirth class

It’s probably time to ask around for a good childbirth class for both parents, to prepare you for what lies ahead in less than 7 months.

How’s the baby coming on?

Embryonic period

This week will mark the end of the embryonic period of your baby since the placenta, the connection between the mother’s blood supply and the baby, is now developing. The baby looks like a very small human being now, with more distinct fingers and toes although these are still webbed. Your baby now has elbows too as the ossification process continues. He or she is now about 13 to 17 millimeters, which is the size of a raspberry, and weighs about 1 to 1.5 grams, which is the weight of a paperclip.

Internal reproductive organs

The internal reproductive organs have now developed. This means that if your baby is a boy, he will now have testes and if your baby is a girl, she will now have ovaries. Although these are now present, there is still no way of determining the sex of your child; not even close scrutiny of ultrasound images.

Skeleton is beginning to form

The structure of your baby’s bones is beginning to form, i.e. the development of the baby’s skeleton has begun. The cartilage and bones have now begun taking shape. Meanwhile, the intestines begin to move out of the umbilical cord and into the abdomen where further growth and development will take place. Your baby is starting to take his first drink of the amniotic fluid. At this stage, if touched through the uterine wall, your baby will move instinctively. This hints at sensory organs’ development.

Baby’s face

As for your baby’s face,

  • Your baby’s basic eyes structure is now underway
  • Retina formation has begun
  • The nose tip is visible
  • The tongue is developing continually.

Changes inside the Mommy

Breasts getting heaver and fuller

The Mommy’s breasts will keep getting heavier and fuller, and the use of a supportive bra is encouraged to help with the discomfort this may cause. Also, the Mommy’s diet needs careful planning to create a balance in it between fats and proteins, as everything she eats now will go into the amniotic fluid for the baby’s nourishment.

Daddy needs to?

Depending on her hormones, your partner may either want none or a lot of sex. Whatever the case may be, you need to talk to her and make sure there is understanding between the two of you. The mother’s peace of mind is of significant importance particularly during these nine months.

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