9 Weeks Pregnant

Here's what's happening during Week 9 of your pregnancy.

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Your Growing Baby:

The heart is almost completely developed. Eyelids are forming, as are hair follicles and nipples; the embryo can hiccup now. Fingers and toes are no longer webbed. The arms develop bones, and the hands begin to touch the face. The legs start to move. Length: about 3/4 inch.

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Your Growing Belly:

Your nauseating hCG levels are at their peak this week. The good news is that starting next week, as your hormone levels stabilize, you'll start feeling a lot better. The bad news is that this week is probably going to be rough. If you're throwing up a lot, drink plenty of water to keep yourself from dehydrating. Your uterus has doubled in size and is now about the size of a tennis ball. The area under your navel is definitely firmer than usual.

Most women report being uninterested in sex at this stage, though some women also report being more interested than usual. You may begin to notice changes to your hair and skin. Your hair might feel thick and lustrous--or greasy, thin, and limp.

You probably don't feel like exercising much this week, but do try to take walks-- they'll help your food move on down.

Tips & To-Do's:

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Things to think about this week

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