Women’s experiences can be very different at 9 weeks into the pregnancy, but there are some concerns and situations that are very common. Here’s a look at the 9th week of pregnancy for the mother.
Depending on where you live and your pregnancy, you may already be visiting a doctor or midwife regularly. In many cases, though, in the 9th week of pregnancy most women are still not having regular antenatal care. By this point you should definitely have notified your doctor and decide on what type of care that you want. For me, I generally feel most comfortable with consultant led care. This means that I have a specialist doctor to head my care, but I see my midwife for my regular appointments. Click here for more information on the roles of doctors and midwives.
Don’t be afraid to visit hospitals and ask questions to decide what type of care is best for you.
First Trimester Complaints
Week 9 of pregnancy is still part of the first trimester, or the first third of pregnancy. There are quite a few complaints that are quite common during this time. Most women will experience some heartburn. Try to avoid foods that trigger it (for example, spicy foods or peppermint, but it can vary from person to person). If it is only mild heartburn, try drinking a glass of milk or eating a piece of toast to help. There are over-the-counter heartburn medications that are safe to use during pregnancy, so don’t assume that you just have to suffer. If you have severe heartburn, then speak with your healthcare provider about getting a prescription heartburn treatment (just make sure that they know you are pregnant). Although some are not suitable for use during pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will know what to provide for you. Just be prepared for it to taste gross.
Along with heartburn, some women experience morning sickness. Despite the name, morning sickness can actually hit at any time of day. The stereotype is to think of women running to the toilet to throw up, but morning sickness can just mean a generally upset tummy as well. You might throw up, or you may just have an upset tummy for awhile. Both are normal. Try to eat little and often even when your tummy is upset. If your morning sickness is severe, talk to your doctor or midwife about treatment.
Another common complaint during the first trimester is needing to pee a lot. Changing hormone levels (as well as all of the other physical changes associated with pregnancy) can result in the need to pee frequently. There’s not much you can do about this one except to be prepared to go use the bathroom more often. It’s important to stay well hydrated during pregnancy, so do not drink less. You’ll probably still need to pee more often than normal, plus risking dehydration.
Other common pregnancy complaints at this point include tiredness, sensitive sense of smell, and tender breasts.
There’s no right or wrong time to tell people that you are pregnant. Some women start telling people as soon as they find out, while others feel more comfortable waiting until they are at least twelve weeks pregnant (the highest risk of miscarriage and other complications is during the first trimester). Whatever you decide, make sure that you and your partner agree. Also, don’t tell any other children you may have until you want everyone to know. Children get excited and want to share the news, so it’s not fair to expect an older sibling to keep a secret this big.