9 Weeks Pregnant: 6 Common Symptoms and Advice

You're two months into your first trimester, and so many exciting things are happening: It's the end of the embryo stage! Your baby is the size of a grape and you can hear its heartbeat on an ultrasound! And even though, from the outside, others may not be able to tell you're pregnant yet, there are those tell-tale pregnancy symptoms happening on the inside that any expectant mother knows all too well. Here are a few of the most common ones to expect at week 9 of your pregnancy, as well as some tried-and-true remedies on how to alleviate them.

Morning Sickness

At week 9, chances are you’ve already been experiencing morning sickness for some time. The good news is, it’s almost run its course for most women by the end of the first trimester. Defined by nausea and vomiting, morning sickness is more of a misnomer when some women feel the effects all day.

What can help: Vitamin B6, ginger, and Sea-Bands have all had success curbing nausea. Since going long periods on an empty stomach can aggravate nausea, eating more frequent snacks and meals can help. You can also try eating right when you awake and right before you go to bed as well.

Fatigue

Both fatigue and bouts of dizziness are to be expected at this stage. Your body is not only spending most of its energy on developing your fetus, but it’s also building the placenta for it.

What can help: Though it may sound trite—yes, sleeping more. Even if it means going to bed a little earlier or sleeping in a little longer, find those extra moments of sleep where you can get them. Avoid watching or reading anything stressful close to bedtime and cut down on smartphone/tablet usage to help prepare both your body and your mind for sleep. To help prevent dizziness, try to keep your blood sugars level throughout the day with frequent, healthy snacks.

Frequent Urination

As your uterus grows, it begins pressing onto your bladder while more blood is pumping through the kidneys.

What can help: This one is definitely more of a scheduling fix: hydration is crucial to your pregnancy, so the last thing you want to do is cut back on the water. You may find yourself knowing the quickest way to the closest bathroom no matter where you are during this stage. Try limiting your water intake an hour or two before bedtime to avoid getting up during the night. You can also limit your caffeine intake.

Mood Swings

As if the other symptoms already mentioned aren’t difficult enough, let’s throw mood swings into the mix! Your hormone changes combined with extreme fatigue can result in feeling like your emotions are out of control.

What can help: First, know that these feelings are totally normal and to be expected. Take time to find ways to rest and re-energize, whether it’s taking a nap, reading your favorite magazine, or meditating.

Increased Hunger

Eating for two is no easy feat. As your body and hormones work overtime, make sure you’re adding at least 300 extra calories to your daily intake. This can be difficult if you’re experiencing food aversions or morning sickness, so try to spread the extra calories out among light snacks throughout the day.

What can help: A bit of a double-edged sword, a common occurrence during this stage of pregnancy along with food cravings is food aversions. As you try to eat more—and more frequently—make sure any current food aversions you’re experiencing isn’t limiting your calorie intake.

Headaches

Headaches are unfortunately another common symptom during week 9 of pregnancy. Other symptoms such as increased hunger, lack of sleep, and dehydration can all be contributing factors as well, possibly increasing the frequency and duration of the headaches.

What can help: Unless approved by your doctor, try treating the other symptoms first to see if they might be part of the headache cause. Increased water intake, more rest, and more frequent meals can all help minimize pregnancy headaches. If you must take medication, always check with your doctor first. Even and especially with over-the-counter meds; you never know what might affect any other medications you may be taking.