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Your little one

Now it’s the size of an olive! Measuring about 2-2.5cm long and weighing 2-3 grams, in week nine, your little one is growing very quickly. You won’t be able to feel anything for a little while yet, but its arms and legs are already moving around inside.

Now with its newly forming muscle fibres, it can flex its arms at the elbows and wrists, turn its head, curl its toes ... even open and close its mouth. The eyelids, however, will remain fused until week 27.

And while you can’t tell whether you’re having a little ‘mister’ or ‘miss’ just yet, the genitals are beginning to form!

How are you?

Healthy eating during pregnancy is as much about what foods to avoid as what foods to eat. Your energy requirements increase by 12% while you’re pregnant, so try eating a varied diet of all five food groups every day ... but that doesn’t mean eating for two! Here at Karimums, we talk about ‘eating to appetite’, which means only eating when you’re hungry, and avoiding an increase in high calorie foods. Food handling and safety are also very important, so always make sure that you and your family purchase, prepare, cook and store food correctly. There’s so much to remember isn’t there? It might all be making you feel a little moody. Don’t worry, the emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows around now is completely normal and partly caused by your changing body and hormone levels. The important thing is to ride with it!

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