9 Weeks Pregnant: Staying Active and Healthy

Fact Checked Medically reviewed by Tanja Premru-Sršen


At 9 weeks pregnant, you probably feel like you have been sick or throwing up for ages now. You probably forgot what not being nauseous feels like and you are probably annoyed with the need for frequent urination.

The truth is that your hormone human chorionic gonadotropin levels (hCG) are nearing or at their highest at 9 weeks pregnant, which causes all of the early pregnancy symptoms to be at their absolute peak.

Some fun stuff waiting for you during week nine of pregnancy include severe mood swings, breast tenderness, nausea, heartburn, and constipation. Continue reading to find out what is happening to you at 9 weeks pregnant because being prepared is always the best option!

What happens to the baby during week nine of pregnancy?

At the 9-week mark, which means inching closer to the end of the first trimester, your baby is about the size of a grape or an olive, which comes down to about 3/4-inch.

Your baby’s development is going nicely, and the baby is developing some major organs, such as the baby’s heart, and its arms and legs are growing and taking shape!

The ears and eyelids that started forming last week will continue to do the same during week nine, and another addition is tiny baby toes.

The tiny human inside you is now able to bend its little elbows, and it will not be afraid to use them in the upcoming weeks and months! It is too soon for you to feel the baby’s movement, but the baby inside of you is getting more active as each week passes by.

Pregnancy Checklist

For many pregnant women, pregnancy might be pretty tricky to keep up with, especially if you get different pieces of advice from different people in your life. Keeping up with all of your obligations can be a headache sometimes.

Here is what you need to get done during your week nine of your pregnancy to make sure you are having a healthy pregnancy:

  • Continue taking your folic acid, and other supplements recommended by your doctor.
  • Spend quality time with your partner, family, and friends in the next few weeks.
  • Continue staying well-hydrated by drinking about ten to twelve glasses of water daily.
  • If you feel like you need it, seek mental health support.
  • When preparing food, keep all of your cutting boards and dishes clean, especially when preparing meat.
  • Schedule a prenatal appointment with your healthcare provider.

What to avoid or begin to avoid?

To make sure both you and your baby are safe, some things that you should avoid during your week nine of pregnancy include:

  • Smoking
  • Drugs
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Heavy lifting or carrying and extreme workouts
  • Being exposed to toxic substances
  • Eating deli meats
  • Eating raw or undercooked meat, fish, chicken, eggs, cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, and unpasteurized dairy foods.
  • Eating high mercury fish such as swordfish, shark, and king mackerel.
  • Unwashed fruits and vegetables.