Migraines, which may occur more often, are triggered by stress, dairy, caffeine, and chocolate. Avoiding these may help avoid and lessen the migraines. To help alleviate this, you can take a nap in a dark, quiet room for a few hours.
It is reported that 20% of expectant mothers experience low mood, anxiety, and depression during their pregnancy. To combat this, you may want to seek out a support group or engage in the following.
- Yoga. This is a gentle activity that helps to strengthen the body as well as calm the mind.
- Meditation. This can help you increase focus and uplift your mood.
- Exercise. Light exercise can also help as endorphins released during exercise can help improve overall mood.
Some women may opt for a date to the spa for some pampering. This is a great idea, especially if it relaxes you. However, do avoid massages as massaging the abdomen or putting pressure on it can lead to complications.
What Tests Should I Know About?
By week 9 of pregnancy, you must be wary of any infections, caused by both viruses and bacteria. In the previous weeks, you may have been requested to take some STI tests.
This week, you may want to be more mindful of bacterial vaginosis, which is a common vaginal infection. This is caused by the overgrowth of bacteria naturally present in your vagina. Around 20% of women will get bacterial vaginosis during their pregnancy.
Its symptoms include:
- White or gray discharge
- Discharge that has a fishy smell
- Irritation around the vagina
It is important to have bacterial vaginosis treated immediately with antibiotics as this poses a risk to your pregnancy. When left untreated, it can lead to miscarriage and the premature rupture of membranes around the baby. As with any infection, consult your physician.
Health & Safety
What Should I Know About Being Healthy and Safe While Pregnant?
As your body adjusts to the new changes, you must also take into consideration making several lifestyle changes. This may include gradually lessening intense activities, reducing stress, and quitting bad habits such as smoking and drinking.
As more and more people learn of your pregnancy, you may have to limit social drinking. Though there is a study that says that drinking a little alcohol poses little threat in the early stages of pregnancy, it is best to avoid habits that are unhealthy such as drinking, smoking, and drugs.
Some birth conditions that are linked to these are:
- Low birth size of the child
- Premature birth
- Learning and behavior problems
- Growth problems
- Facial defects
- Breathing problems in the first six months
Week 9 of pregnancy is an especially trying time when it comes to enduring pregnancy symptoms. However, be rest assured that these will lessen in the coming weeks, and these are necessary to ensure a safer and healthier pregnancy. Everything you are going through is to help the baby become stronger.
Learn more about Being Pregnant here.