9 Weeks Pregnant – what to expect

Now you're 9 weeks pregnant, this week is all about darker nipples, tender breasts... and pumpkin seed flapjack!

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Watch our video to see what your baby looks like this week

Your baby has now officially graduated from embryo to fetus (meaning all the major body parts have formed; they now just need to develop and grow). And that quirky embryonic tail has disappeared: the tadpole look was so last week.

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And here’s a 3D scan of a 9 week baby…

So what’s happening to your body this week?

For most of us, breasts are on a growth spurt this week. But, as the good old pregnancy gods never give without taking back, your new super-breasts are probably also probably super-tender and super-sore – and maybe even a bit tingly. Which means you can’t bear anything (or anyone) touching them.

And then there’s your nipples: they’re getting darker, more sensitive and more prominent. And you thought the only thing that sticks out in pregnancy is your belly… 

Our MFMer’s 9-week bump of the week

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Is yours starting to show? Check out other MFMers’ bumps in our 9 week bump gallery.

Did you know? Your baby’s now the length of a… giant chocolate button!

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This week, your baby measures 2.3cm, about the size of a round chocolatey treat. 

And is around the weight of a… big crisp

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Your baby now weighs around 0.07oz (2g)!

4 things you might need to know this week

MFMers’ tip of the week from our forum

“I’d been getting up at night every 2 hours, needing a wee. Best solution? Don’t drink any later than 2 hours before going to bed. That meant I only had to get up every 4 hours!” – Ems101

Want to share your pregnancy with others going through the same as you?  There’s a birth club for your due date – take a look

Is it safe… to eat runny eggs?

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If you’ve been craving a dippy boiled egg, here’s some tasty news – soft and runny eggs are back on the pregnancy menu.

A recent report says, as long as they’re British Lion stamped eggs and you take care, you can eat them soft, runny or even raw (hmmm, mix that with a dash of morning sickness).

But if you’re eating out and don’t know if the eggs are Lion-stamped, you’ll still need to order them well-done.

Our preg recipe for week 9 – Pumpkin seed and caramel flapjacks

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Why pumpkin seeds are good for your growing baby

They may be small but pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium (good for healthy immune system) and zinc (said to help prevent some birth defects). Plus, they contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps you feel sleepy. Saucer-full of them on the bedside table for 3am then.

See the full recipe and get cooking…

Baby namer – what do you think of these rocker-themed names?

What about naming your baby after one of your musical heroes? Here are two legendary gods of rock to think about:

Jagger
Inspired by the Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, this surname-turned firstname means peddler in old English.
Celeb baby-name-check: Ashlee Simpson named her 1st daughter Jagger.

Hendrix
From an old German word that means ruler of the home, Hendrix is an ode to rock guitarist Jimmy Hendrix.
Celeb baby-name-check: American comedian Kevin Hart named his 1st son Hendrix.

Check out our dedicated Baby Names section for more inspiration. 

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So that’s plenty for this week, want to take a peek at what lies ahead – or look back at last week?

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