You are 9 Weeks and 4 Days 213 days to go…
Just as you’ve become used to the idea you’re pregnant, you may discover that you’re carrying more than one baby.
The baby’s facial features are becoming more distinctive by this
stage. The very fine eyelids have now completely fused over the
developing eye and will remain closed until approximately the 26th week
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Do you have an instinct that you’re having twins?
Some women, even very early in pregnancy, suspect they’re carrying more
than one baby simply because they feel “more pregnant.” Signs of a
multiple pregnancy include highly sensitive breasts, and extreme morning
sickness and fatigue. In a multiple pregnancy, your uterus might also
be larger than expected. Your doctor may be able to feel it rising into
your lower belly from this week, instead of from 12 weeks.
Whether or not you suspect anything, the first ultrasound scan will show definitely if you are carrying more than one baby.
The shocking news
The news that you’re having two or more babies
may not always be delivered with the greatest tact. For instance, the
sonographer may look at the scan and say that “something needs
checking.” This sounds worrying, of course, but remember, he or she is
only being cautious before giving you the life-changing news. The
sonographer may also be checking your twins for size, to rule out any
major problems. Once this is done, however, there are likely to be
I’m delighted we’re having twins but how will I manage?
I felt the same when I was expecting and had so many
worries—“Will I be able to breast-feed two babies? How many cribs will I
need?” At first, your head is likely to be spinning with these
thoughts, as you get used to the idea of your twin pregnancy.
To give yourself time
to come to terms with the news, you may prefer to keep it to yourselves
for a few weeks. What you’ll find is that family and friends react
differently. Responses can range from pure joy (usually from thrilled
grandparents) to envy or a bit of scaremongering (from friends and
We found it
helpful to talk to others who were expecting twins or who were already
parents to twins. Visit the website of the National Organization of
Mothers of Twins Clubs to find a local group.
You are 9 Weeks and 5 Days 212 days to go…
One of the downsides of pregnancy is being at greater risk of urinary tract infections, so you need to be aware of the signs.
The lower limbs are now held flexed at the hip and knee joints,
leading to a slightly crossed-legs position. The separate toes can be
distinguished. Further growth of the thigh and shin bones will bring the
foot length into proportion with the rest of the leg.
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It’s important to be on the lookout
for any signs of a urinary tract infection while you’re pregnant. While
it’s not very serious, and can be easily treated, it’s a complication
you can do without.
An infection may
cause you to urinate more frequently, but this is also a symptom of
early pregnancy so can be hard to spot. If, however, you also have
stinging or discomfort when you actually urinate, lower abdominal pain,
or even blood in the urine you may have developed a urinary tract
infection. These infections are very common in women in general, because
the urethra (tube which carries urine from the bladder to the outside)
is very close to the anus and so bacteria do not have far to travel to
create an infection.
In pregnancy, there
are high levels of the hormone progesterone; this relaxes the tubes of
the urinary system making it even easier for bacteria to enter and
infect the bladder or even the kidneys. It is very important that if you
have the symptoms of a urinary tract infection that your doctor tests
your urine. In general, urinary tract infections are easily treatable in
pregnancy. If there is an infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics
that are safe to take in pregnancy. The infection must be treated
because, if left, it may cause damage to your kidneys.
Staying in shape
If you were a regular exerciser prior to becoming pregnant,
it is important to continue with some form of exercise. Stopping
entirely, just because you’re pregnant, would be a shock to your fit
There are some contraindications to exercising,
but if you have clearance from your doctor, take the following steps to
ensure that you are continuing to exercise safely and effectively, and
getting all the benefits from your program without putting you or your
baby at risk.
If you’re used to bicycling,
switch to a stationary bike at the gym during pregnancy. It’s best to
avoid activities that can lead to falls, such as biking outside.
Continue with activities, such as jogging, and swimming, as long as you feel comfortable.
Listen to your body very carefully—look for signs that you should slow down or take a break.
Get adequate rest between workouts, and drink water before, during, and after all forms of exercise.
Exercise at a moderate level—you should be able to do the talk test .
Keep to low-impact and low-risk activities (avoid sports that involve contact and the risk of falling).
Wear the right clothing:
cotton will enable your body to dissipate heat, and a supportive sports
bra is vital for your growing breasts, especially if you’re jogging.
You are 9 Weeks and 6 Days 211 days to go…
Your baby’s organ systems are now present, in a basic form, so at this point she changes from being an embryo to a fetus.
The umbilical cord widens where it enters the baby’s abdomen.
This bulge is necessary to accommodate the bowel that is forming
underneath at this stage of development. The bones of the head are not
yet fully formed.
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The early embryonic period
is complete at the end of this week, and it is the start of the fetal
period. The development of the embryo was characterized by the three
cell lines each developing into their own types of tissues and organs,
as it grew from a flat disk of cells into a human shape. Many of the
changes took place concurrently, but it was the heart, circulation, and
nervous systems that developed initially with the gut, limbs, and face
During next week
(your 11th week), your baby’s kidneys and genital system will undergo
their most rapid development. All your baby’s organs need to mature
fully, and many of them, such as the brain, lungs, and kidneys, will
continue to mature throughout pregnancy and after birth.
During this ninth
week, your baby’s facial features are becoming more recognizable. The
ears will take on their final shape, although they are still positioned
which started on the side of the face start to move more centrally, the
nose is visible, and the head achieves a more rounded contour.
A vegetarian diet can be safe and healthy in pregnancy.
Lacto-ovo vegetarians, those who consume dairy products, usually have
no trouble getting enough nutrients, though they should be careful to
eat a varied diet rich in whole grains, beans, legumes, fruit, and
vegetables, in order to obtain the proper mix of amino acids, vitamins,
need to obtain enough, as well as complete, protein since vegetarian
sources tend to be lower than animal proteins. An intake of 2 oz (60 g)
of protein is needed daily in pregnancy, which for vegetarians usually
means that a protein source be included in all three meals, as well as a
vegetarians need to obtain all 23 essential amino acids, since
vegetarian proteins don’t usually have all of these in any one source.
To obtain all 23 amino acids, eating a variety of protein types at
several meals will usually do the trick. It is not necessary for each
meal to contain all 23, since the body can store them over several
meals. If you’re vegan, see Vegan needs.
A new noninvasive test to detect chromosomal disorders could soon be available.
This could require
simply a sample of blood from the pregnant woman, unlike current tests
that require a needle to be inserted into the uterus.