8 Weeks Pregnant


Higher levels of hormones in your body will stimulate more breast development at this stage, preparing your body for lactation. Your breasts may continue to increase in size throughout your pregnancy, so you will need to invest in bras with a bigger cup size. A dramatic rise in the hormone, progesterone, may cause fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Your sleep may also be interrupted due to discomfort and the need to urinate more frequently. Your hormones are doing some wild things at week eight, giving you a superhuman-like sense of smell and making your stomach do flip-flops.

Know that absence of the following pregnancy symptoms at 8 weeks is totally normal too. So don’t worry if you’re not feeling too different yet. but be sure that … soon you will!

  1. Sore breasts Your breasts may feel bigger, heavier, and let’s face it, sore. That’s because milk-producing lobules in your breasts are starting to expand. It’s all for a good reason: they’re prepping for breastfeeding.
  2. Fatigue The struggle is real to nap at 8 weeks pregnant. As your hormones fluctuate, your body produces more blood for baby, and your blood pressure and blood sugar levels are lower than they were pre-pregnancy. The best fix? Get more sleep. We know it sounds easier than it really is, but make it your number one priority to get to bed early or to sneak in a nap or four on the weekends.
  3. Morning sickness Nausea could be really strong at 8 weeks, again related to those pregnancy hormones. Stay hydrated and graze on healthy snacks throughout the day. If you’re experiencing severe pregnancy nausea at 8 weeks, it might be tough to keep food down , let alone eat right, so finding options you can actually stomach is key. Some moms-to-be swear by ginger, Vitamin B-6, and acupressure wristbands to help with morning sickness—all worth a shot.
  4. Heightened sense of smell Along with morning sickness comes another fun symptom: an uncanny sense of smell. Catching a whiff of an offensive odor—perhaps something that’s totally innocuous or never bothered you before—could trigger nausea, so it’s best to try to avoid the smells you’ve become sensitive to.
  5. Pregnancy cramps At 8 weeks pregnant, cramping is normal. That’s because the ligaments in your abdomen are stretching as your uterus expands. If your cramping is severe or you’re worried in any way, let your doctor know.
  6. Constipation If you’re having trouble going number two, you’re not alone. Constipation during pregnancy happens to about 50 percent of us. To deal, drink lots of water, eat fiber-rich fruits and veggies, and take lots of walks. If you’re still stopped up, talk to your doctor about other remedies.
    Weird dreams. If you’re having vivid and strange dreams, guess what, they’re totally normal throughout
  7. Pregnancy It’s not clear what causes these dreams—it could partly be due to new thoughts and anxieties. You’ve certainly got a lot on your mind these days!
  8. Spotting It can be alarming to find that you’re spotting at 8 weeks pregnant because, yes, blood can be a sign of miscarriage. But there are some other causes of spotting in the first trimester, including sex (since your cervix may be more sensitive these days). Let your doctor know, so s/he can rule out any problems.
  9. Tiredness and nauseous you may feel extra tired and nauseous, since you’ve likely got a higher level of those pregnancy hormones—needed to create two babies. if you’re feeling nauseated, extra hungry, or extra tired, it’s all because baby’s growth is in overdrive—and because your body’s still adjusting to all those hormonal changes. Try to remind yourself it will be worth it.

Development of Baby

Your baby is now as big as a raspberry and weighs about .04 ounces and measures about .63 inches. Baby’s growing about a millimeter each day.

Your baby is starting to resemble a little human as eyelids begin to form. The lungs and the brain have developed further.

In the brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways.

Advice

Your clothes may no longer fit comfortably, so it may be time to start looking at buying maternity clothes.

You might have your first prenatal checkup around this time (an 8-week pregnancy appointment), and if you do, you may get to catch a glimpse of your 8-week fetus on the ultrasound. you might be surprised to see baby’s arms and legs moving around like crazy in there. You can’t feel it yet, but it’s really happening inside!

Baby’s fingers and toes are now only slightly webbed, and his or her initial tail is gone. baby’s taste buds are now forming. Though it is too early, but getting ready for his or her first meals.

At your first prenatal appointment, you’ll likely have your blood drawn so your doctor can run tests. Your doctor may want to know your blood type and whether it’s Rh positive or negative. If your Rh factor is negative and baby’s positive, you’ll need medication to prevent complications. Your hormone levels and red and white blood cell levels will also be checked to be sure they’re normal. Your blood will also be screened for Hepatitis B, STDs, HIV, and certain immunities.

You’ll also get a pap smear to check for infections and abnormalities. And get ready to pee in a cup, because at this appointment—and likely every appointment—you’ll have to give a urine sample, so your glucose and protein levels can be monitored to rule out gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, respectively.

Next Week – Week 9

First Trimester (Week 1 – Week 13)