All about pregnancy week by week

Your little one is busy building muscle, but all you may want to do these days is take a nice long nap. When it comes to pregnancy symptoms, you may feel like you've already reached your limit at 9 weeks pregnant: Your clothes are getting tighter around the waist, you're busting out on top, you're still running to the bathroom 100 times a day (if it isn't to throw up, it's to pee).
The good news: Relief is around the corner as your energy level increases (and morning sickness decreases) over the next few weeks, once placenta construction is completed in the second trimester. Dealing with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy isn't easy — but it's especially hard when you're anxious to start feeding yourself and your baby well. If your emotions are all over the palace, try having a good cry, preferably on someone‚Äôs shoulder. If you occasionally feel dizzy, this is common in pregnancy and not a sign that anything is wrong. How your baby's growingThis week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Your rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and what you can do if you think you're being treated illegally or unfairly. Track your baby's development Get expert guidance from the world's #1 pregnancy and parenting resource, delivered via email, our apps and website. While it may seem as if you've doubled in size over the past few weeks, it's your baby who actually has!
By now your baby weighs a full half-ounce, with a crown-to-rump length of about two and a half inches — about the size of a large plum. As you near the end of your first trimester, your uterus, now about the size of a large grapefruit, begins to migrate from the bottom of your pelvis to a front-and-center position in your abdomen.

Your doc can feel your growing uterus by touching your abdomen, but you may not look pregnant. This annoying pregnancy symptom will likely go away as you head into your second trimester. Yes, it's true: At 9 weeks pregnant, your scholar-to-be has ended his or her embryonic stage and is entering the fetal period now (good-bye embryo, hello fetus).
If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. It's hard to believe (especially from the outside, since you're probably barely showing at this point), but your baby has more than doubled in size during the past three weeks. At 12 weeks pregnant, the herculean task of developing new bodily structures is nearing an end, as most of your baby's systems are fully formed – though there's still plenty of maturing to do. If you're lucky, this will bring an end to one pesky early pregnancy symptom: the constant urge to urinate. Yup — it's your old friend progesterone again, which causes your blood vessels to relax and widen around 12 weeks pregnant, increasing the flow of blood to your baby (again, good for baby), but slowing the return of blood to you (as always, not so good for mom). But be sure to practice your Kegel exercises throughout the next several months to help prevent pregnancy-induced incontinence down the line. Your fetus is now about one inch long, the size of a medium green olive (but no martinis, please).
You're having trouble lifting your head off the pillow, you're dragging your feet all day and you can't wait to crawl into bed as soon as you arrive home at night. But since staying active is important for your health (and your baby's!), try these tips to work out when you're tired during pregnancy.

This keeps your growing uterus from pressing on your intestines and major blood vessels, allowing better blood flow to baby. Now comes the maintenance phase, during which your fetus' systems continue to mature for the next 28 weeks and the organs get to work.
Also slated to diminish somewhat now that you're on the cusp of your second trimester are some of those other early pregnancy symptoms: nausea, super-tender breasts and nipples, food aversions and fatigue.
Pregnancy symptoms can also stand between you and a good time — after all, it's hard to purr when you're busy gagging on dinner or to get busy when you barely have the energy to get undressed or for your partner to take advantage of those extra-large breasts when you have a strict look-but-don't-touch (ouch!) policy in effect.
In a few weeks (or at your next visit) the miraculous sound of your baby's heartbeat is certain to be audible for your listening pleasure. The bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons which will one day help your baby fight infection once he's out of your safe haven (including all those germs passed around the snot-nosed playgroup). Another cause of dizziness during pregnancy is low blood-sugar levels, which can occur if you're not eating regularly. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. Ultrasounds aren't always foolproof at determining sex.This week's activityFind a prenatal exercise class. And many women find that prenatal exercise classes are a wonderful way to bond with and get support from other pregnant women.

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