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How big is your baby?
In the 9th week of your pregnancy, the growing fetus (the baby) measures around .9 inches and weighs about .07 ounces.
Baby’s growth and development
Your baby has reached the first milestone. From an embryo, it has now become a fetus and is developing more of distinct facial features. It even has a strong enough heartbeat that can be heard using a fetal doppler.
Although, you may not look like you are pregnant, but you can definitely feel a hump of your baby growing, on your lower belly. There might be some extra pounds visible near your waist. You might feel exhausted, and even experience impulsive emotional swings. Anxiety is at its highest, you might even be puzzled about the changes occurring to yourself and the growing fetus.
This is something you will have to be very conscious about during pregnancy period. You must take a proper diet and eat at regular intervals as the fetus requires nutrients to grow. Avoid unhealthy eating habits and stay away from junk food.
There are certain tests conducted in order to ensure the safety of the fetus growing within the mother’s womb. Screening for any abnormality is essential in the initial “trimester”. There are various “specific tests” which help in detecting whether the mother is carrying the fetus suffering from “down syndrome”.
A Blood test is conducted in order to detect the hemoglobin level, which is important to know if you are suffering from anemia. There are various other tests which are useful in detecting the abnormalities in RBC’s. This proves important to diagnose the “sickle cell disease” and other diseases like thalasaemia which can be easily transferred to the baby. This test can also help in identifying the blood group and check for other diseases like HIV and Hepatitis B.
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