Week 9

Support and information from NCT

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.

Your developing baby

Your baby now has most of their internal organs and their skeleton will slowly start forming into bone from the cartilage it is now. 

Their fingers will have begun to separate and they are now more flexible, with a little movement in their arms, legs and joints.

Week 9

Feeling tired?

Feelings of tiredness can take you by surprise early on. You may feel exhausted in the early evening and long for an early night; this is a perfectly normal symptom of pregnancy in the first trimester. 

Try to get rest if you can in the day – and don’t push yourself to do more than you feel you can cope with.

Antenatal tests

There are various antenatal screening tests which you will be offered during your pregnancy. These include screening and diagnostic tests which can help you find out if your baby has a condition that would cause a disability. 

These antenatal tests are optional, and it is your choice whether to accept or refuse any test. Click below to find out more about pregnancy screening, your options and what they tell you about your baby and pregnancy.

Signs and symptoms of miscarriage

Unfortunately, about 15-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and of those more than 80% happen in the first 12 weeks. So at this early stage of pregnancy it is really important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a miscarriage which can include vaginal bleeding and some uncomfortable stomach cramps.

Checklist

Have you cut down on your caffeine intake?

You can read about the possible risks on our website

Further information

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.  Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 0300 330 0700.

We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.
 

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