Updated 29 August 2016

Week 9: 31 weeks to go!

Your baby now weighs about 1 gram - and your clothes don't fit anymore.


What is happening to your baby:

The following changes happen this week:

  • Your baby weighs about 1gram.
  • Your baby will move if touched through the wall of the uterus.
  • 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 thumb appear.

What is happening to you:

  • 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 is an increase in the volume of blood in your body. This will improve your skin, but can soften your gums. Good dental hygiene is therefore especially important.
  • Your heart will be pumping this extra blood around your body, causing your temperature to rise.
  • You may have nose-bleeds which are common in pregnancy.

What to do:

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


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