Your pregnancy at 9 weeks
What's happening with mum
Morning sicknes, heartburn, indigestion, bloating, constipation, all those symptoms that you may or may not be experiencing are probably wearing you out. Fatigue is something which can affect anyone but pregnant women are more susceptible. As well as the physical changes you are going through, you will probably be on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. All of this is exhaustive and it is vital that you get enough rest to be able to cope with it all. While taking an afternoon nap, long soaks in the bath and gentle exercise such as walking and swimming can help there are many ways pregnant women find to relax. Maybe you could look for a pregnancy yoga class or other pregnancy class in your area.
What's happening with baby
Your growing embryo is now known as an fetus and their developing muscles are now strong enough to propel it through the amniotic fluid although it is not big enough yet for you to be able to feel this movement. This fluid surrounds your baby in the amniotic sac and as well as providing a secure environment, facilitates the transference of vital fluids hormones antibodies and nutrients from mother to baby. It also insulates the fetus and allows it to maintain a steady body temperature.
Your baby's nerves muscles and organs are now starting to function and if your baby is in the correct position their heartbeat may be heard using a device known as a Doppler. A Doppler uses a non invasive technique to bounce sound waves off circulating red blood cells to detect and analyse your baby's blood flow.
There are medications availabel to help with headaches, heartburn and other symptoms you might be experiencing. Before you take anything it is advisable to consult with your doctor.