You’re 8 weeks pregnant and it’s probably starting to feel really real!
Even though you are still getting used to being pregnant, now is a good time to start thinking about your options for birth.
You might want to talk to friends or family members about where they gave birth and their experiences, but ultimately your choice should reflect the birth you want to have.
See our article about your options when giving birth for more information.
8 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
At 8 weeks pregnant, you may have noticed your bra is starting to feel a bit tight and your breasts have started to grow. This is due to the development of ducts and glands, which begins from quite early in pregnancy.
The increase in blood supply may cause small blue veins to appear on your breasts. You may consider purchasing a maternity bra to help feel more comfortable. Chose a store where you can be properly fitted and where they offer a range of maternity bras of all sizes.
See our article on maternity bras for more information.
Pimples may start to develop on your face (see our article on acne during pregnancy) along with darker patches of skin. By now your blood volume has increased by 30% and may be contributing to nosebleeds and bleeding gums.
It is very common to feel very tired and fatigued in early pregnancy, especially if you aren’t sleeping well thanks to trips to the loo in the middle of the night. It can be very frustrating having no energy, especially if you are able to sleep for long periods and still wake up exhausted!
Try to rest as much as possible when you can and listen to your body – it's growing another person and that takes a lot of energy. Enlist the support of your partner and family if you have other children, so that you can have a nap on weekends or afternoons.
8 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
At 8 weeks pregnant, your baby is moving around, even though you can’t feel it yet. Your baby’s organs are developing and beginning to function, which makes this a crucial time for baby, who is now classed as a fetus – Latin for ‘offspring’.
Your baby’s heart is now beating more regularly at about 150 beats per minute – that’s twice your own heartrate! Baby’s brain is forming neural pathways and the skin is very thin still. Elbows and knees are developing.
Cartilage and bones start to form and the intestines will soon move into the abdomen. Organs, muscles and nerves begin to function and your baby no longer has an embryonic tail.
Your baby is 1.6cms long, weighs about 1g and is the size of a kidney bean.