My 9 Week Pregnant Belly Picture
Here is my 9-week pregnancy bump update!
Overall, this was another good week for me. I am still eating small frequent meals to keep my nausea under control. I actually started tracking my calories and macros using MyFitnessPal to just see where I am at. I’ve used this app in the past and really like how easy it is to use, plus a lot of my staple meals are saved on there which allows me to log my food even quicker throughout the day.
Now let’s go over how my week went and what to expect…
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Starting Weight: 123lbs
Total Weight Gain: 0lbs (it is normal to not gain much weight in the first trimester)
Energy Level: Normal
Symptoms: This week was pretty bad due to motion sickness. I travel to and from work via the subway, and anytime I looked down at my phone, I felt sick right away. Because of this, most nights I came home and went straight to bed. To help alleviate the motion sickness and nausea I started taking these Preggie Pop Drops with Vitamin B6 first thing in the morning and right before I got on the train. They have helped dramatically!
Other Physical Changes: My breasts aren’t as tender as they used to be, although they are still quite full.
Diet: I am still eating all the same things that I was eating pre-pregnancy. I do notice that I am craving carbs more often than not.
Diet Modifications: I am still drinking plenty of water (about 64oz of cold lemon water) per day as well as my prenatal vitamins. After a few days of logging my daily food intake on MyFitnessPal I realized my protein intake wasn’t exactly where I wanted it to be, so I been trying to increase it. To do this, I have been adding Naked Peanut Butter to some of my snacks as it is low in fat but high in protein and I have also been using Garden of Life Organic Plant Based Chocolate Protein which I add to protein shakes.
Food Aversions: Plain water.
Food Cravings: The only thing I still crave often is pizza 🙂 and it is so hard living in NYC because there is literally pizza on every corner!
Workouts: This week was rough because of the nausea so I was only able to work out 3 days. I also had two 24 hr calls on Monday and Friday which didn’t help. What I am super excited about is my Peloton! I just got it this week and took my first ride!
*Be sure to speak with your provider to learn if exercise is safe for you.*
Other Related Questions
Can I have a baby bump at 9 weeks?
It is very unlikely that you will have a baby bump at 9 weeks as your baby is only about 1 inch in size.
This is about the size of a cherry, grape, or olive.
What does a pregnant belly look like at 9 weeks?
At 9 weeks, your lower belly will look approximately the same as it did before you were pregnant since the uterus is still quite small at this time.
How should I feel at 9 weeks?
At 9 weeks the most common symptom you might experience is nausea (morning sickness).
Other common symptoms include:
- breast tenderness,
- increased sense of smell,
- frequent urination,
- mood swings
- abdominal bloating,
- light vaginal bleeding
Is 9 weeks too early to announce my pregnancy?
Anytime is a good time to announce your pregnancy.
Some pregnant women wait until the second trimester to announce it due to the possibility of miscarriage.
But the good news is, the risk of miscarriage decreases as you get further along in your pregnancy.
How common is miscarriage at 9 weeks?
The risk of miscarriage after 9 weeks is less than 1%.
How do I know my pregnancy is going well at 9 weeks?
The only way to know that your pregnancy is going well is to have an ultrasound performed to check the status of your baby.
However, you do not need to (nor should you) be getting ultrasounds frequently.
Talk to your healthcare provider to determine how many ultrasounds you need in the first trimester.
Can you feel flutters at 9 weeks?
It is very unlikely for you to feel any sort of fetal movements at 9 weeks of pregnancy.
The first time you will feel fetal movement is in the middle of the second trimester.
What will I see at a 9 week ultrasound scan?
At the 9th week of pregnancy, your baby’s heart is fully formed.
You may even be able to hear the heartbeat using just a doppler.
Other things you will see on a 9 week scan include:
- The baby with visible arms and legs
- Amniotic membrane with amniotic fluid
- Umbilical cord and small placenta
At this stage of your pregnancy, the placenta is also starting to produce sufficient progesterone hormone levels to maintain the pregnancy.
What kind of diet should I be following at 9 weeks pregnant?
Good nutrition is essential for a healthy pregnancy.
Drink plenty of water, and eat a well-balanced diet that includes:
- high-quality proteins,
- whole grains,
- healthy fats,
It is also important that you find a diet plan that you can continue to follow throughout the pregnancy.
You will also need to make sure you are taking your prenatal vitamin with adequate sources of folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium.
Here is the prenatal vitamin I take as it has adequate sources of the aforementioned nutrients.
9 weeks pregnant is how many months?
When you are 9 weeks pregnant, you are entering the third month of pregnancy. Only 30-31 weeks to go!
What Happens at a 9 Week Prenatal Visit?
At your 9 week appointment, you will have an ultrasound done (if you haven’t already had one), and be scheduled for your nuchal translucency ultrasound.
You will have your
- blood pressure checked
- your weight checked
- and a urine test to screen for infection
- and lots of blood taken!
These three things are checked at every visit throughout your prenatal care.
Lastly, if you are at a high risk of developing gestational diabetes, you may also have your blood sugar checked towards the end of the first trimester.
Anything Else I Should Know?
9 weeks is around the time that you can get the non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT).
NIPT is a form of genetic testing to screen for common chromosomal abnormalities like Down’s syndrome. It can also tell you the baby’s gender with high accuracy.
Now I want to hear from you.
Are you in the 9th week of your pregnancy?
How did your week go?
Comment below and let me know, and check back next week for my pregnancy week 10 update!
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Brittany Robles, MD, MPH, CPT
Brittany Robles is a full-time OBGYN physician, a NASM certified trainer, and a prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in maternal health with a special interest in exercise and nutrition. She is also the co-author of The White Coat Trainer. Learn more about her here.
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