8 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect In Week 8
You’re 8 weeks pregnant and you’re probably still getting used to it.
Even so, it’s really starting to feel real.
It’s also likely you’re finding it a little hard to keep your good news to yourself.
Most days you might feel like taking a nap under your desk. It’s quite common for women to feel very tired and fatigued in early pregnancy.
That feeling of having no energy can be very frustrating.
Try to rest as much as you possibly can. And listen to your body – it’s growing another person and that takes a lot of energy.
Only a few more weeks, and you’ll be in the second trimester. Then you’ll have more energy and you can let that pregnancy glow shine through.
Week 8 Pregnancy Care
Now is a good time to start thinking about your options for birth.
Choosing the right care provider and birth place are very important decisions.
Your choices should reflect the type of birth you want.
Talk to your partner, and share your hopes and expectations for your baby’s birth.
It’s not uncommon at this stage for parents-to-be to realise how little they know about birth.
So ask yourselves plenty of questions.
What’s most important to you? Do you have any concerns or fears about birth that need to be addressed?
Are you high risk and how will this affect your choices for your birth?
Do some research on the options available in your area.
Some popular options, such as birth centres and private midwives, have long waiting lists, so don’t leave it too late.
If you decide private maternity care is the best choice for you, take the time to check out your options.
This will be one of the most important days of your life. Plan to have the best people there to support you.
See our article about your options when giving birth for more information.
8 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms
At 8 weeks pregnant, pregnancy symptoms will have kicked in properly.
Some are to be expected. You might have experienced your first bouts of morning sickness by now.
Hormone levels are rising, and your sense of smell is probably acute.
This could mean certain foods are off the menu until your pregnancy hormones settle.
On the other hand, cravings can be a big feature. It might not be about pickles and ice cream, but you could find you are keen on certain foods.
Just remember: a healthy and balanced diet is the best option right now.
Everything you eat is a building block for your baby’s development.
And although you’re ‘eating for two’ that just refers to nutritional needs.
You only need about 300 extra calories per day (or 600 if you’re pregnant with twins) to nourish your growing baby.
Chocolate or potato crips might be the easiest snack to go for, but try reaching for a healthier option.
Acne during pregnancy isn’t uncommon at 8 weeks. You might also notice patches of darker skin, especially on your upper lip.
By now your blood volume has increased by 30%; this might be contributing to nosebleeds and bleeding gums.
8 Weeks Pregnant Belly
In week 8 of pregnancy you might notice your body is starting to change.
Your uterus is now about the size of a large orange, and is starting to take up room in your pelvis.
Your clothes might be fitting a little more snugly around your waist as a result.
Your breasts have started to grow and your bra feels tight.
This is due to the development of ducts and glands, which begins quite early in pregnancy.
The increase in blood supply can cause small blue veins to appear on your breasts.
You might consider purchasing a maternity bra to help you feel more comfortable.
Chose a store where you can be properly fitted, and one that offers a range of maternity bras of all sizes.
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, which will provide plenty of nutrients as your baby grows.
In fact, your baby’s taste buds are also forming right now. Your healthy eating during pregnancy 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 heart rate.
Baby’s brain is forming neural pathways and the skin is still very thin. Elbows and knees are developing. Fingers and toes are still slightly webbed.
Cartilage and bones are starting to form and soon the intestines will move into the abdomen.
Organs, muscles and nerves begin to function at this stage, and your baby no longer has an embryonic tail.
Are you curious to know whether your baby is a boy or a girl?
Your baby’s internal sex organs develop between 7 and 12 weeks gestation.
Your baby is now 1.6cms long, weighs about 1g and is the size of a kidney bean.