9 Weeks Pregnant

What’s happening this week

Your baby…

  • measures approximately 18 mm
  • weighs about 2 grams
  • the tail at the bottom of the spine has shrunk and nearly disappeared
  • nose can be seen on profile
  • has elbows now
  • has skin over the eyes which is beginning to shape into eyelids and seal shut
  • the anus is forming and intestines continuing to grow
  • genitals are now well defined
  • may make first movements but you won’t feel them yet.

You…

  • may experience nasal congestion or stuffiness
  • nose bleeds are common in some women
  • your blood volume has increased by as much as 40%.

Your body is changing quickly but often invisibly… and that can cause problems at work, especially if you want to keep the news to yourself for a while.

Pregnant at work

There are some common worries about working in early pregnancy.
Here’s a round-up of your questions:

When should I tell?
You may not want to tell too early in case of miscarriage, or because you could lose out on work opportunities. But you may need to tell earlier than you had planned if you’re suffering  from severe morning sickness, or tiredness.

Is it safe to use a computer ?

Many women have heard the rumour that working in front of a computer all day could harm their baby. But research doesn’t show that being in front of a screen can cause miscarriage or harm to your baby. But you should take regular breaks from your computer anyway; take a walk about, don’t sit for too long in the same position.

Is it safe to stand for long periods?
While it depends on individual circumstances, standing or indeed sitting in one place is likely to become more uncomfortable as your pregnancy progresses. Any job that can be done sitting, should be done sitting. Can your work be done whilst sitting and could a chair be provided? If not, remember to take frequent breaks. Use your lunch break to relax, not run around doing the shopping.

 If you feel that work is putting your health or that of your unborn baby at risk, ask your LMC to write a letter to your employer.

Check in with your dentist, you’re more likely to have problems with swollen gums, pregnancy gingivitis, so seeing a dentist is wise. (Note most dentists charge for a check up). Say that you are pregnant so you can be given the right treatment. You won’t be given any X-rays as they could harm your growing baby.

Practice good oral hygiene and be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss everyday.