8 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect

8 Weeks Pregnant | Symptoms and Your Baby

You’re 8 weeks pregnant and it’s probably starting to feel really real!

Even though you’re probably still getting used to being pregnant.

Now is a good time to start thinking about your options for birth.

8 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect

Choosing the right care provider and birth place is a very important decision.

This should reflect the type of birth you want.

Talk to your partner about their hopes and expectations for your baby’s birth.

It’s not uncommon at this stage for you to realise how little you both know about birth.

So ask yourselves plenty of questions. What’s most important to you? Do you have any concerns or fears around birth which need to be addressed?

Often talking to an independent birth expert can help you to be informed. This might be a doula or an independent midwife.

Are you high risk and how will this affect your choices for your birth?

Do some research on the options in your area. Some popular options such as birth centres and private midwives have long waiting list so don’t leave it too late.

If you feel private maternity care is the best choice for you, take the time to check out your options.

Interview as many people as you need until you find the right match for you and your birth preferences.

You might want to talk to friends or family members about where they gave birth and their experiences.

This will be one of the most important days of your life. Plan to have the best people support you.

See our article about your options when giving birth for more information.

 

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8 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

At 8 weeks pregnant, pregnancy symptoms may have started kicking in properly.

Some are to be expected. You might’ve had your first bouts of morning sickness now.

Hormone levels are rising and your sense of smell is probably acute.

This may mean certain foods are off the menu until your pregnancy hormones settle.

In week 8 of pregnancy you might’ve noticed your body is starting to change.

Your breasts have started to grow and your bra feels tight.

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.

Acne during pregnancy isn’t uncommon at 8 weeks. Along with darker patches of skin, especially on your upper lip.

By now your blood volume has increased by 30% and may be contributing to nosebleeds and bleeding gums.

Pregnant women find it’s common to feel very tired and fatigued in early pregnancy.

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 you can have a nap on weekends or afternoons.

Only a few more weeks until the second trimester, when you’ll have more energy and can let that pregnancy glow shine through.

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.

Keep eating lots of fruits and veggies to  help provide plenty of nutrients as baby is growing.

In fact, your baby’s taste buds are forming right now. Healthy eating now will help inform your child’s food preferences later!

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. Fingers and toes are still slightly webbed.

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.

Curious if your baby is a boy or a girl?

Your baby’s internal sex organs develop between 7 and 12 weeks gestation.

Your baby is 1.6cms long, weighs about 1g and is the size of a kidney bean.

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Last Updated: November 1, 2018

CONTRIBUTOR

Sam McCulloch enjoyed talking so much about birth she decided to become a birth educator and doula, supporting parents in making informed choices about their birth experience. In her spare time she writes novels. She is mother to three beautiful little humans.


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