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9 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is the size of a cherry!
Your baby's sex has been established right from the beginning, however now their genitals have begun to form. Your baby is starting to become a little boy or girl and he or she is starting to move around in your womb, although it will be a few more weeks before you can feel it.
You may be experiencing dizzy spells and light headedness. There are lots of reasons why this can happen in pregnancy; the extra pressure on your blood system, low blood sugar or low iron levels. Try standing slowly after sitting or lying, and ensure you find a seat as soon as you feel faint. Make sure you eat small and regular meals to keep your sugar levels consistent.
During pregnancy, you and your baby need a lot more iron that usual to make red blood cells. It is important to keep your iron levels topped up to prevent pregnancy anaemia, which can lead to complications such as; premature birth and low birth weight, placental abruption, or iron deficiency in your baby. Good sources of iron include; red meat, canned tuna, fresh leafy greens (cabbage, spinach, watercress), pulses (beans, peas, lentils), seeds, dried fruit (raisins, figs, apricots), whole grains and nuts and seeds. Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C can help boost your body's absorption of iron.
31 weeks to go!