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9 weeks pregnant

Childbirth class

It’s probably time to ask around for a good childbirth class for both parents, to prepare you for what lies ahead in less than 7 months.

What’s Going on with the Baby

Embryonic period

This week will mark the end of the embryonic period of your baby since the placenta is now developing. The baby now looks like a very small human being now, with fingers and toes although these are still webbed. Your baby now has elbows too as the ossification process continue. He or she is now about 13 to 17 millimeters, which is the size of a raspberry, and weighs about 1 to 1.5 grams, which is the weight of a paperclip.

Internal reproductive organs

The internal reproductive organs have now developed. This means that if your baby is a boy, he will now have testes and if your baby is a girl, she will now have ovaries. However, there’s still no way to determine the sex even if you look at the ultrasounds closely.

Skeleton is beginning to form

The skeleton is beginning to form, with the cartilage and bones taking shape. The intestines are starting to move out of the umbilical cord and grow into the abdomen. Your baby is also starting to take his first drink of the amniotic fluid. If touched through the uterine wall, your baby will move away instinctively.

Baby’s face

As for your baby’s face, the basic eye structure is underway with retina formation, the nose tip is now visible and the tongue is continually developing.

What’s Going on with Mommy

Breasts getting heaver and fuller

Your breasts will keep getting heavier and fuller, and you may want to wear a supportive bra the whole time to help with the discomfort. Since everything you eat goes to the amniotic fluid, which your baby is drinking, remember that proper nutrition is key during this period. Eat healthy meals, with lots of fruits, vegetables and milk.

Now for Daddy

Due to her hormones, she may either want none of it or want lots and lots of sex. Whatever the case, just talk to her about your needs and make sure you understand each other.

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