Your Baby’s Development
In the ninth week of the first trimester, the baby goes from being an embryo to a fetus. The baby’s embryonic tail finally disappears. The heart valves begin to develop at this stage. Body parts such as the eyelids, wrists, elbow, knees, and ankle become fully developed by this time. In the ninth month, the baby begins to open its mouth and suck its finger or thumb. New parents find this development very exciting. Its body also starts to develop vocal chords.
How Your Body Changes
Women tend to feel tired, and nauseated during their ninth week of pregnancy. Although, the appetite may increase during this time, they do have to contend with an increased bout of morning sickness. Some women may experience ‘pregnancy gingivitis’ – gum infections and cavities that occur during pregnancy. Gum infections should be taken seriously by pregnant women, as this leads to premature and underweight babies. Slight spotting which may occur during this time should not be viewed with concern. Sex drive may get adversely affected. Symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn, and mood swings may continue.