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Your body continues to produce the pregnancy hormones in excess till the placenta is fully developed. At week 8, your organs are still working on an overdrive to keep the growing baby well accommodated and healthy. Although it’s been eight weeks, your baby is still really small. But if you compare the size of when you started the pregnancy journey, you and your baby have come a long way already.

Week 8 – Pregnancy Development, Symptoms and More…

Yuppiiee!! Just 32 more weeks to go.

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Your body continues to produce the pregnancy hormones in excess till the placenta is fully developed. At week 8, your organs are still working on an overdrive to keep the growing baby well accommodated and healthy. Although it’s been eight weeks, your baby is still really small. But if you compare the size of when you started the pregnancy journey, you and your baby have come a long way already.

Enjoy your pregnancy while you can. Your early pregnancy symptoms will soon vanish if they haven’t already. Take some time out to celebrate your pregnancy with your partner/family. Be sure to stay and eat healthily. It might seem unnecessary right now, but in the long-run, it will benefit you. Trust me!

 

How many months are 8 weeks?

At 8 weeks you are still in your second month of pregnancy. Soon enough, you will be entering the last month of your first trimester. Hold on tight, just 7 months or 32 weeks to go.

 

How big is the baby at 8 weeks?

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Your baby is a size of a kidney bean and weighs around 0.04 ounces. Doubled in size this week, your baby measures 1/2- inch long.  This week your baby will be growing a millimeter each day.

 

Development of the baby

The growth rate is phenomenal. Your baby has already grown double in size and the baby will continue to grow at a rapid rate. The first trimester is mostly based on the very initial developments which are extremely essential for further growth in the coming months. Your baby will be developing the ground levels of all the physical features and systems during this time.

 

No more tadpole

The tail your baby had is almost gone. As the hands and feet begin to sprout from the little buds, your baby has started to look like a baby finally and not a tadpole. You can’t feel it yet, but your baby loves to wiggle the newly formed legs and hand. AWW!!

 

Defining the facial features

Last week, the mouth started to develop and this week your baby already has an outline of the upper lip. And guess what!!! Your baby is also developing taste buds this week. The retina in your baby’s eyes has begun to form with the tiny eyelids forming simultaneously.

 

Fun fact: Every 1 in 2000 baby is born with loose natal teeth. These teeth can be dangerous as they carry a risk of being dislocated or inhaled by the baby therefore, they are often removed by the doctor through minor surgery.

 

Heart is beating

Your baby’s heart is beating at roughly twice the speed of your heart. Your baby also has a blood group which you will get to know once you run the RH blood group test. Moreover, the amniotic fluid volume is increasing to accommodate your baby’s coming growth spurts in the second trimester.

 

Pregnancy Symptoms

You might be tired and exhausted. All the extra hormone production is responsible for the changes you might be experiencing in your body and mood. The hormones decrease your blood sugar level which results in fatigue. That why you are feeling tired and exhausted all the time.

As your baby grows bigger, your body works even harder to provide the nutrients that your baby needs. Your body will take care of the baby and you have to take care of yourself.

The infamous morning sickness, or like I call it morning, afternoon, evening, and night sickness is reaching its peak (sometime around week 10) as the pregnancy hormones production stays on a rise.

Other symptoms that you may be experiencing this week are:

  • Tender breasts
  • Fatigue
  • anxiety
  • Disturbed sleep during the night
  • Food aversions
  • Metal taste buds

You are also probable to have your first doctor’s or ob-gyn prenatal visit this week. Yes! Finally, you will be able to see your baby on the ultrasound. You will have to drink LOTS of water until you can’t hold your pee. And then, the doctor will press the ultrasound machine’s transducer probe right on your bladder to check on your baby.

Other than your first ultrasound your doctor might ask for other blood and urine tests like:

  • Rhesus (RH) antibody test to check if you are positive and your baby is negative then you will be given medications to prevent complications and RH diseases like anemia, jaundice, etc.
  • Hormone level check
  • Hepatitis B screening
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Urinary tract infections (UTI)

 

Things to do this week

First and foremost, book your prenatal doctors’ appointment for this week, if you haven’t already. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have regarding yourself or the pregnancy. It’s a good idea to write down your questions beforehand.

Secondly, follow these tips and tricks to have a somewhat smooth journey this week

  1. Take care of your eating habits as this would probably shape the rest of your pregnancy. Do not give in to your food cravings because they can cause significant weight gain. Rather eat often but in small portions.
  2. Take your prenatal supplements. Your body needs to fulfill its requirement of the nutrients it needs. Prenatal supplements are so important for you and your baby as well.
  3. Start some kind of prenatal exercises. Yoga, walking, and swimming are great options after your doctor has given you clearance
  4. Eat fresh and bright fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies are an amazing source of vitamins and other nutrients. Super healthy for you and your baby.
  5. Stay hydrated even when you are puking. Have lots of water with few drops of lemon. Coldwater worked best for me.
  6. It would be a great idea to keep a journal about your pregnancy. Record your weekly progress. Snap some belly pictures and enjoy every bit of this bumpy ride.
  7. Try natural things and check your beauty and skincare products for any ingredients that can be harmful during pregnancy
  8. Check what to avoid during pregnancy especially the first trimester to keep yourself and the baby safe

 

When to call a doctor

As you reach the 8th week of pregnancy, the chances of miscarriage have decreased by 1.5 percent.

Alert your doctor immediately when you experience abnormal vaginal bleeding, sharp pelvic cramps, excessive vomiting, low blood pressure, fever with light-headedness, and severe body pain.