9 Weeks Pregnant
Fetal development in week 9
WOOHOO! Your amazing growing baby has been accepted into to the fetus-club - an exclusive 7 month stage in their prenatal development.
Basically, this means your little sweet pea has graduated from swimming embryo alien creature to a weird-looking little tiny human being! This week in particular, the irises of their little eyes can function, but (frustratingly for them?) their eyelids will be fusing shut until around the 26th week.
Their external ears are formed and their inner ears are now filled with fluid - which allows your little womb gymnast to begin developing their sense of balance.
Their little swimmer legs are still relatively small, although other bodily developments are going forward at a nice pace: their kidney is actually functioning now, which means they're also officially able to urinate. This newly developed pee-trick might seem cute or something, but just wait till you have to start changing diapers!
And how's mom doing?
As you near the end of the first trimester (woot!), not many of the exciting changes inside of you are even noticeable, with perhaps the exception of a mildly bulging midline that doesn't look pregnant enough to stop people from wondering if you need to lay off the donuts.If you'd rather ignore your health and food intake right now... well, let’s just say you're greatly increasing your chances of suffering from depression, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and a multitude of nasty little viruses (think colds and flus) that good health could've beat before you even noticed they'd invaded your pregnant body
And now that you and your baby have entered into the Fetal Period, it is absolutely critical to re-evaluate your personal diet and health regimen.
Having a baby is the ultimate test for your body. If you take care of your health now you'll come out of the pregnancy on top of your health and ready to be an energetic mother in the process of becoming a conscientious eater who only puts premium-grade fuel into your body. And by "premium," we mean: fresh fruits and veggies, non-processed meats, nuts, and non-processed dairy (plain yogurt, cottage cheese).
Notice how we didn't mention whole grains? Yeah, whole grains and carbohydrates derived from wheat or corn can actually irritate the stomach of a pregnant woman, so we don't recommend loading up on too much bread and pasta at this point. Not to mention the fact these carbs will unnecessarily elevate your blood sugar levels, leaving you at a higher risk for Gestational Diabetes.
Last notes for the week: make sure you're getting enough sleep, staying active, drinking loads of water, and taking your prenatals! To help remember your daily prenatal vitamins make it part of a ritual - whether your morning one, around dinner time, or going to bed.
If you'd rather ignore your health and food intake right now... well, let’s just say you're greatly increasing your chances of suffering from depression, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and a multitude of nasty little viruses (think colds and flus) that good health could've beat before you even noticed they'd invaded your pregnant body.