Saturday, October 9, 2010

Nine Weeks

Fetus at Nine Weeks

Baby Labrador is no longer considered an embryo. As of nine weeks, an embryo becomes a fetus. Did you know that the average rate of growth from now until birth is .06 inch per day? There's a lot going on in there!

Also (from
  • The embryo has grown to measure 30 mm (1.2 inches) in length.
  • The fingers and toes are well defined. Cartilage and bones begin to form.
  • The upper lip as well as the nose tip is being formed.
  • The tongue begins to develop and the larynx is developing.
  • The eyelids are developed, although they stay closed for several months.
  • The main construction of the heart is complete.
During this week of pregnancy your baby is now swimming round in a little bag of fluid. The arms and legs have lengthened. They fingers and toes are forming, but are still joined by webs of skin. They can flex their elbows and wrists. They are growing eyelids as well as forming their anus. The embryo is protected by the amniotic sac that is filled with fluid. Inside the embryo swims and moves gracefully. The embryo is now about 1 inch long.

During this time of development, the baby's head appears much larger than the body because the brain is growing very rapidly. Brain waves can now be measured. The main construction of the heart is complete. Through its parchment thin skin, the baby's veins are clearly visible. During this week the ears, the teeth and the palate are continuing to form.
I know it happens all the time, but I think it's really remarkable.

As for me, I'm still feeling very mediocre. I had a couple of better days this week, but overall everything related to my digestion is just messed up, and I had a headache that lasted for two days. I really hope that I'll start to feel better soon. Right now I just feel like I'm surviving.


  1. Sometimes in life, surviving is the best we can do, and that's ok.

    Keep on doing what you are doing. One day at a time.

  2. It is the single greatest miracle I've ever known in my life.
    In a few weeks, you will feel much better. I remember those migraines at the beginning as well. They were horrible, but a VERY good sign as to how well the baby is doing.

  3. Hallelujiah for Baby Labrador...just hope your digestive issues are better soon. xoxoxoxox

  4. Yay for 9 weeks-- can't wait to see u/s pictures on Wendesday! I agree with Two Kayaks, having all the m/s and headaches are good indicators, even if it's pretty 'ug' in this moment. Hoping that once you're out of the first trimester, you get your energy back and once again experience 'typical' digestion. As always, prayers are coming your way!

  5. It is remarkable...the greatest miracle of all! And of course, this is why you aren't feeling well. That baby is working hard to grow and taking the best of you in the process. ;) Ah, the sacrifices of mommyhood start early! I hope you do start to feel better soon!

  6. Love the play by play it is remarkable. Hope you feel better soon it must be so hard to work feeling this way but all things pass as you are so well aware.

  7. SO EXCITING! Do I say that every time??

    Been on your cell phone much? Mine gives me killer headaches.

    I hope you feel better soon.

  8. You will!!! The first trimester is simply rough...Hang in there!!! So excited for you, even so!!! You are continually in my prayers...Love you!!! Janine XO


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