8 week pregnant

8 week pregnant
October 18 13:13 2016

A lot of changes happen during pregnancy and any woman who has ever carried a baby in her womb knows, the baby grows and as it grows the body changes with it and such changes bring about certain life style adjustments that are important for the healthy progress of the pregnancy. Week 8 of pregnancy is one of the biggest milestones of the whole process; this not only applies to the baby but to the mother too.

 

Changes to your body at week 8 of pregnancy

Weight gain and baby bump

Probably the first sign that things are getting really serious is noticed somewhere around week 8 when the expecting mum suddenly notices that her cloths are now tight fitting and she has picked up a little weight. The weight gain is not very much but the little one is growing fast and it wont be long before a nice little baby bump is showing on your belly.

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Breasts keep getting bigger

At week 8 the breasts are continuing to swell up, they may be felt as full and tender with a little nipple sensitivity. Some women may begin to notice new vessels developing around the breasts; these vessels are called varicose veins. They are darker than the usual vessels and they appear due to increased blood supply to the breasts. A thick, yellowish substance called colostrum that serves as baby milk for its first week of life, begins to discharge from the nipples.

 

Fatigue and morning sickness

Just like in week 6, fatigue will continue to express itself in pregnant women, in fact it can even get worse as the hormones continue to surge as they go for the epic peak at 10 weeks. As expected some women will continue to experience morning sickness that is bound to affect their appetite and eating habits.

 

Constipation and heartburns

Constipation is another common symptom of week 6 to 8 of pregnancy especially in women who are already on their prenatal vitamins. An increase in liquids is likely to ease this symptom. At week 8, some women are likely to experience some heartburns cause buy the growing uterus that slightly pushes on the organs in the abdominal region. This symptom will also pass as the body adjusts to the changes.

 

Bathroom runs

The growing baby causes the uterus to grow there by pressing into other surrounding organs. One such organ is the bladder, which when pressed upon a pressure develops and the sensation to urinate is felt more than often. You will probably be making bathroom runs throughout your pregnancy, its quite normal and nothing to worry about. If it irritating you much most women recommend leaning forward when urinating so as you can completely empty the bladder and stand a chance of staying a bit longer before the next bathroom run.

 

Baby developments at week 8 of pregnancy

The biggest change at wbaby-at-week8eek 8 is that the little one has passed from the embryo stage to the fetus stage, this is marked by the change in form, instead of appearing like a tadpole as in the 6th week of pregnancy, the baby loses the embryonic tail and now looks more like the baby that you will bring home. It has grown significantly in size reaching the size of a grapefruit, reaching about 11 to 15 millimeters in length (about an inch or so long) and weigh about 3grams.

 

On the baby’s body at 8 weeks you can clearly see the limbs developing, it has arms and legs, fingers and toes. Its muscles are beginning to grow and it can be seen on an ultrasound as it continues to move them around. The intestines are also developing rapidly; they are the ones that will form the umbilical cord at week 12 of pregnancy.

Another important week 8 developments are the unique facial expressions that can clearly be seen via an ultrasound machine. Also the baby’s heartbeat can be detected by the ultrasound starting at weeks 8 of the pregnancy.

 

 

Tips on handling your pregnancy at week 8

By week 8 all pregnant women ought to have scheduled an appointment with the relevant medical practitioner, mostly an OB/GYN or Midwife for their first prenatal medical visit. Since this is most likely your first prenatal visit the medical personnel will confirm the pregnancy and get an accurate date of the pregnancy. You will give urine and blood samples for routine checks and to measure hormone levels. By the end of the appointment you will probably learn of your due date which is pretty exciting.

If you are on your first pregnancy it can be useful to prepare some questions for your medical personnel. If you ask the right questions you will come out of the appointment understanding your pregnancy way better than you did before and this will help you lead a healthy life for you and the baby. Here are examples of useful questions to ask on your first prenatal check up:

 

  • What are the medicines that I’m supposed to stop taking?
  • Should I be taking prenatal supplements?
  • What kind of physical activity can I still engage in?
  • What food should I avoid?
  • What of my pre-existing medical conditions?
  • What tests should I take?
  • What are the signs that indicate when something is wrong?
  • Which herbs are dangerous for the baby?

 

Eating and life habits

Because of the pregnancy sickness some women tend to eat less during pregnancy which is very dangerous for the growing baby and the mother herself. In dealing with this issue it is recommend that a pregnant women eats small but frequent meals until she can handle the sickness. Some people recommend adding a few drops of lemon in drinking water to help with the nausea. Ginger and peppermint have also been deemed useful to pregnant mothers, as they do not carry any risks on the growing baby.

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Regular exercise is another very much advised life style habit for pregnant women. Exercise helps condition the body and prepare the muscles for birth. It also helps tighten the pelvic muscles, which is useful in controlling pregnancy related vagina leaking. Walking and swimming are the two most recommended exercises during pregnancy although consulting your doctor first might be ideal before partaking in swimming.

 

Clothing

Well you probably can still fit in most of your ordinary cloths although they are beginning to feel a little tight-ish. One change you need to make is in your bras, you have to invest in a couple of maternity bras as they are helpful in carrying your growing breasts, they are padded so the sensitive nipples are not stimulated by your cloths or touch. They also prevent your breasts from sagging post pregnancy and breast-feeding.

 

Remember that bodies are different; while most women would conform to these changes some will show completely different changes. If you are part of the different group no need to worry, its all normal. Remember its also important to consult your doctor first before making huge lifestyle changes when you are pregnant, above all you should worry less a healthy state of mind is good for your little baby.

 

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