pregnancy week 9 developmentHelp your baby develop in the ninth week of your pregnancy

Your baby’s organs are shaping up in week 9 of your pregnancy. While his or her brain continues to develop, you can support this with DHA and other nutrients.

What’s happening this week?

Your baby is around the size of a grape this week. His or her hands and feet are developing with tiny muscles that allow him or her to start moving and he or she looks more recognizable as a human now. Tiny little toes, ears, and even eyelids are beginning to formi.

The internal organs are also shaping upii, such as his or her digestive system and kidneys.

What can you expect? 

Swollen or enlarged blue or dark purple veins, called varicose veins, may appear on your legs and feet during pregnancyiii. The following lifestyle changes may reduce the appearance of spider veins and even boost your pregnancy healthiv:

  • Try and avoid standing for long periods of time. Don’t put too much weight on your legs, and try and sit with your legs up as often as you can, as this eases the discomfort.
  • Change your sitting posture. Crossing your legs restricts the flow of blood, which increases the likelihood of spider veins appearing. So try and not sit with your legs crossed.
  • Work it out. Do regular foot exercises to improve leg strength, circulation, and the stability of your veins. Please consult your doctor before following any exercise regimen.

What can you do to support your pregnancy?

Eat a diet rich in DHAv like fatty fish and folatevi like dark green leafy vegetables, beans and peas, to nurture your baby’s brain development. Adding in fruits and vegetables also boosts pregnancy health.

Gentle exercise with your doctor’s advice helps create the ideal environment for your baby’s physical, cognitive, and emotional development – expertsvii point out that reducing stress while pregnant has a host of benefits for baby’s overall health and growth.

Communicate with your developing baby even though he or she won’t be able to hear you for some time. Connecting with him or her by singing and talking to him or her throughout your pregnancy sets a strong foundation for development both in your womb and after birth tooviii.

 


 

References
i  Fetal development: The 1st trimester. (2014, July 10). Retrieved March 21, 2017,
ii  You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant. (2017, March 31). Retrieved April 5, 2017,
iii  Common pregnancy problems - Pregnancy and baby guide. (2015, February 16).
   Retrieved April 22, 2017, from http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Varicoseveins/ Pages/Whatarevaricoseveins.aspx
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v  Nutritional Requirements – Dietary Fats. (2013, February 20). Retrieved April 5,
vi  Pregnancy diet: Focus on these essential nutrients. (n.d.). Retrieved April
vii  Mulder, E., Medina, P. R., Huizink, A., Bergh, B. V., Buitelaar, J., &
   Visser, G. (2002). Prenatal maternal stress: effects on pregnancy and the (unborn) child. Early Human Development,70(1- 2), 3-14. doi:10.1016/s0378-3782(02)00075-0
viii  Stoppard, M. (2008). Bonding Before Birth – Prenatal nurturing for your baby.
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