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OK, so as you can see today I will be talking about ” Normal 9 week ultrasound”, what to expect, what you are going to see on the ultrasound scan etc…
OK so let’s start with the juicy stuff, shall we???
At 9 weeks your baby is about the size of a Cherry, in measurements that will be about 2.3 to 3.0 cm long, and the weight will be about 0.07 ounces.
9 weeks pregnant symptoms.
Expect that at this time the pregnancy hormone HCG is circulating through your body at its highest level. That means at 9 weeks, some pregnancy symptoms may be more severe. Don’t worry in a few more weeks your hormones will start leveling out a bit, leaving you feeling a little more like yourself. Here are what the symptoms at 9 weeks feel like:
Fatigue: Because of your hormones are working overtime to grow and develop your 9 week fetus you are probably feeling with zero energy. The remedy for this is Sleep more if you can, and keep your blood sugar stable by snacking continuously throughout the day in a healthy way.
Morning sickness: A high percentage of pregnant women experience morning sickness. If you are 9 weeks pregnant with twins, you may have more severe symptoms. The bad news is that at 9 weeks, morning sickness is likely to be at its worst, the good news is that is about to get better soon. Therefore you can try different things to see what makes you feel better, many moms-to-be find that ginger tea, frequent small meals and snacks, and vitamin B6 help ease nausea.
Mood swings: Because of all the hormones and also because other symptoms such as nausea and fatigue are bothering you, you may find your emotions more difficult to control. Remember is okay to slow down and take breaks (do whatever makes you feel good and relax), and try to avoid stressful situations.
Frequent urination: Because your uterus is growing and because the blood flow to your pelvic area is increased, you may be going to the bathroom more often than you did before pregnancy. Don’t let that urge to stop you from drinking a lot of water. It’s important that you stay hydrated at all times.
Headaches: Due to high levels of hormones you can experience headaches, this symptom can also be the result of dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, hunger, lack of sleep or stress. You can make it better by eating often, getting good sleep, and drinking lots of water. Before you take any medication check with your doctor first.
What to expect on your 9 week ultrasound scan:
As usual, we start with the maternal organs first then is baby time…
Remember the 9 weeks scan is still done transvaginally.
Ultrasound image of 9 weeks fetus, at this time your baby shows defined arms and legs, still small but more clear to see now, you can also expect to see movements during the scan.
You still see on the ultrasound the amnion and the yolk sac, the placenta is not formed yet, you can check this link for deep info about yolk sac and amnion.
Ultrasound image of the measurement that is done at this time, the Crump rump length.
And very important Doppler of the heart showing a strong signal, expect the heartbeat to be higher at this time, usually from 150 to 175 bpm approximately.
Remember the possibility of a Miscarriage is still high, Ultrasound will always check for Subchorionic bleedings or any other abnormalities, after ultrasounds you should be seeing your doctor for the results, Subchorionic bleedings are not to worry but is important to take precautions like NO heavy lifting and take it easy for a while.
Fun facts about your baby!!!
At this time your Baby is not considered an embryo anymore now he or she is a fetus! These two terms define different phases of development. The embryonic phase is about forming major organs, including the brain, heart, lungs, arms, and legs. Once you’ve got a fetus, those organs and parts are formed and are now growing and developing.
At this time also your baby is developing more distinct facial features and getting more cuter than what already is, also the heartbeat is starting to get stronger, the levels now should be 150 to 175 beats per minute.
What to expect on this appointment.
Other prenatal tests you can expect around 9 weeks pregnant include blood work to test for hormone levels, blood type, white and red blood cell counts, and certain diseases. You’ll also have a pap smear to check for abnormalities on the cervix if you are seeing the doctor for the first time on this visit, checking for signs of cervical cancer or STDs, and a urine test to check protein levels and sugar levels to rule out gestational diabetes and preeclampsia respectively.
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