You are 9 weeks pregnant or in your 10th week of pregnancy (counting from the first day of your Last Menstrual Period).
Keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. For variations and details, please talk to your doctor.
What’s happening to the baby?
- All the baby's organs are in place and will continue to develop and mature for the rest of the term.
- The baby's heart is beating away at 140 – 160 beats per minute (almost twice the average adult rate).
- Your baby has an oversized head with the head being almost half the size of the foetus.
- Baby's brain development will continue this week with accelerated production of neurons.
- Fingers and toes are fully separated now.
- Your baby is about 2.1 centimetres long (Crown to rump length) and weighs about 4 grams.
What’s happening to mom?
- Your gums might start getting sensitive and swollen because of the hormonal changes in your body (this starts around month 3 and lasts till the end of your pregnancy). It is important to take care of your teeth during pregnancy.
- Your uterus continue to increase in size but you may still not be showing.
Checklist for mom
- Meditate. Many find that meditating helps them tune in more with their bodies and their growing babies. Any way, it always helps you to relax and stay calm.
- Take the nutritional supplements that the doctor has advised (folic acid etc.)
- BIG NO to alcohol and smoking
- Reduce your coffee and tea intake (if you are a big caffeine addict).
- If you are really suffering from morning sickness, remember it will get better in a few weeks.
- Remind yourself to stay healthy and renew all that initial enthusiasm of being pregnant.
- Eat healthy.
- Exercise. Walking and swimming are the safest because these are low impact exercises. Talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.
Ideas for dad
- Help your wife in her efforts to be healthy. Remind her to take her supplements. You can reinforce her by being healthy yourself.
- Plan on making the most of your second trimester. Plan some R&R during the second trimester - a short trip, a weekend getaway or something fun. They say that the second trimester (starts from Week 14) is typically the "honeymoon" part of the pregnancy since it does not have the discomforts of the early or the latter parts of pregnancy. But of course if she is really suffering from nausea, then now is not the best time to broach a vacation. You could wait a little.
- Time to get comfortable shoes
- If you are used to wearing very high heels, then it’s time to consider getting more sensible footwear. Your centre of gravity will change (as you put on more weight), and you might trip more and your feet will also start swelling.
Useful Parentree articles for this stage of pregnancy