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Updated 08 October 2018

Week 9: 31 weeks to go!

Your baby now weighs about one gram... and your clothes don't fit anymore.

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Welcome back to our pregnancy series. We hope you're enjoying your pregnancy so far. 

Your baby's progress:

  • Your baby weighs about one gram.
  • Your baby will move if touched through the wall of the uterus.
  • Your little one's cartilage and bones begin to form.
  • The tongue begins to develop.
  • The development of the eyes is well underway and eyelids appear.
  • All organs, nerves and muscles are beginning to function.
  • The hands are bent at the wrist.
  • The intestines start to move out of the umbilical cord and into the abdomen.
  • The feet begin to lose their webbed appearance.
  • The fingers and thumbs appear.

Your progress:

  • Your breasts have become fuller and may feel very sensitive.
  • You may find that you cannot fit into your clothes any longer as your waistline expands.
  • Heartburn becomes a problem.
  • There's an increase in the volume of blood in your body. This will improve your skin, but can soften your gums. Good dental hygiene is very important.
  • Your heart will be pumping this extra blood around your body, causing your temperature to rise.
  • You may have nosebleeds which are common in pregnancy.

What to do:

  • Buy a good supportive bra – you may want to wear it when you sleep as well. 
  • Start shopping for maternity clothes, or better still, borrow secondhand clothes from friends and relatives.

Good to know: 

  • Eat small, regular meals to keep your blood sugar levels consistent.

 
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