You are 8 weeks pregnant. Your little one is under construction because by now all his vital organs are developing which are essential for his survival. These organs are complex structures and so is their functioning. Thus, it requires a lot of time for their formation. Your baby will soon be ready to meet you.
Watch the comprehensive video on the 8-weeks pregnancy!
8 Weeks Pregnant
Baby development – 8 weeks pregnant
- Length: 1.6 cm
- Weight: 1 gram
- His nervous system is almost developed and his brain begins to function. Formation of toes and fingers, lungs, ears, eyes, upper lip and nose have started. Baby’s subtle movements begin.
Symptoms – 8 weeks pregnant
If you are still suffering from spotting in the eighth week of pregnancy then it needs your attention. Loss of blood can indicate a miscarriage and if it is accompanied by abdominal pains then consult a doctor immediately.
It is quite normal if you are daydreaming or you see weird dreams at nights. This is because of hormonal changes. Relax. Have some water and stop worrying about the same as it is a part of your pregnancy period.
You may suffer from muscular pains as the development process of the baby is going on and requires a large amount of energy. Don’t miss out on your exercises and stay as good as possible.
Sharpened sense of smell
You will be able to sense an odd smell which can trigger nausea as your body has become sensitive towards the various smell. You can keep a sanitizer with you or any perfumed napkin (wipes) to avoid nausea.
It is one of the most irritating symptoms which stick with you for the entire day. It can lead to a headache and can cause nausea too. Take plenty of water and have proper food so as to stay hydrated and remain free from headaches.
Every two out of three women suffer from constipation during pregnancy. To avoid it increase water intake, go out for a walk and eat fibre-rich food.
Sore breasts indicate that your breasts are preparing themselves for breastfeeding which helps to develop antibodies in the infant so that he’s able to fight against unwanted antigens present in the surrounding. That’s why it is said that mother milk only should be given to an infant for about six months.
Ultrasound – 8 weeks Pregnant
- In this week you’ll be going for your first prenatal checkup. Excited? Of course, you’ll be as you’ll get to know that how’s your baby doing? Is he fine or not? Is growing properly? Don’t worry. Everything will be fine and your baby will be in the best of his health.
- Maybe you aren’t able to sense things but yes, your baby’s arms, fingers and toes have webbed out and his subtle movements have started.
- To avoid Rh incompatibility doctors ask for blood tests to be done to avoid future complications. A blood test will also be conducted for Hepatitis B, STDs, HIV and certain immunities.
Diet to follow
- Diet plan for the week involves the addition of starchy food such as bread, pasta, rice, and potato.
- You should increase the intake of foods rich in proteins such as pulses, meat, eggs, and fishes.
Things to ponder
Don’t stress yourself by thinking too much about your first checkup as everything will be fine and your baby would be enjoying his secret life in your womb. You should increase your interaction with your elders about the pregnancy period and inform them about the same if you haven’t done that by now. Also, increase protein intake in your diet and keep a track of the changes taking place within your body. Avoid eating any random medicines in case of pain as it can risk your and your baby’s life.
Check-list – pregnant 8 weeks
- Find a physician or a nurse practitioner whom you can trust.
- Shop for a new maternity bra.
- Keep a prenatal vitamin and track changes taking place in your body.
As the process of baby’s development is under construction so soon to be momma take a chill pill and start writing your pregnancy journal by now as you may have various special moments that would be yours. You must jot them down so that you can go through that phase again in the future.
“Enjoy your path to Mom. Relish every moment!”
Disclaimer: All content on this website, including medical opinion and other health-related information, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.
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