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Your Pregnancy – Week 9

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Your baby’s first trimester development - pregnancy week 9

This week your baby has moved from an embryo to a foetus and by the end of week nine of your pregnancy your baby will be 3cm long from his crown to his rump1. Tiny muscles are forming in your baby’s body ready for him to start making voluntary movements1.

Eyelids now cover your baby’s eyes and a tongue is starting to form in his mouth1.

Your pregnancy symptoms 

Throughout your pregnancy your breasts will grow. This is down to all of your pregnancy hormones, and whilst they won’t become full with milk until after your baby is born they will probably be sore and very sensitive to the touch, especially during your first 12 weeks1. There is no need to start wearing maternity bras yet, but it is important to wear a comfortable bra that fits properly, so continue to get measured throughout your pregnancy1.

What medicines can I take during my pregnancy?

Any drugs you take, your baby will take; this is because many drugs enter your blood stream and cross over to your baby through his placenta1.

Read the labels of any over-the-counter drugs carefully and speak to a pharmacist, your midwife, or doctor before you take anything1.

If you take any long-term medications for conditions like epilepsy or diabetes then it is important to speak to your doctor as soon as you think you might be pregnant1. Better still, if you are trying to conceive then speak to your doctor, as your medications may need to be changed during your pregnancy.

Some drugs are safe to take in moderation during pregnancy. For headaches, a common pregnancy symptom, the occasional paracetemol will not harm your baby1. The antibiotic, penicillin, is also safe to take during pregnancy, so if you think you might be suffering with an infection then visit your doctor2.

Dr Carol Cooper, General Practitioner

Author of Pregnancy Essentials


1. Cooper, C., 2008. Pregnancy Essentials. London: Ryland Peters and Small.

2. NHS, 2010. NHS Choices –Antibiotics, penicillins – special considerations. [online] Available at: < http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/antibiotics-penicillins/pages/special-considerations.aspx> [Accessed 22 March 2012]


10558 April 2012

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