A Complete Information Guide on Pregnancy Week 8

In Pregnancy week 8, your baby who was sized like blueberry till last week has now grown up to the size of a Raspberry.

Isn’t it a feeling of goodness that your baby growing week by week?

As the baby grows week by week, the curiosity to know about your fetal development, your change in moods and symptoms and what to do and what not also grows. And you know what, now you are almost 2 months pregnant.

Note: Pregnancy is measured starting with the first day of your last menstrual period.

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Eager to know about your baby’s development? Come, let us know and understand.

Fetal Development in Pregnancy Week 8: Pregnancy week 8

In Pregnancy week 8:

  • Size of baby – 0.63 inches (1.6 cm)
  • Weight of baby – 0.04 ounce (1 gram)
  • Baby is as big as a Raspberry.

The fetus is growing rapidly by every passage of weeks. Well, wonderful things never stop! Isn’t it To-Be Moms?

  • Your baby has developed his or her webbed fingers and toes.
  • The tail which was there until the 7th week is now almost gone turning into the spinal cord. 
  • This week the retina of eyes will also develop its pigment.
  • The baby’s brain is moving ahead with the development by connecting nerve cells.
  • Your little one’s lungs, ears, upper lip, nose and eyes are also developing.
  • Even the taste buds of baby are now forming. Isn’t it an awww moment as your baby is getting all geared for his/her first meals.
  • A surprising fact to know is the baby’s heartbeat rate is in between 150 to 170 times per minute which is near to the double of yours.

Your doctor may advise you to go for your first prenatal ultrasound and followed by several blood tests, urine tests and the first dose of vaccinations like Tetanus and Flu (typically during the Flu season – November to March).

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Moods & Symptoms in Pregnancy Week 8:

Your life is changing and will go on changing throughout your pregnancy. Each day and week will bring change in your mood and body and will show you different symptom to support your pregnancy.

Let us know what will be your mood and symptoms during eight-week pregnancy.

  • Morning Sickness – This is the most common symptom of pregnancy in the first trimester. Almost every woman complains about this morning sickness which makes them physically weak and sick. You may have vomiting, nausea, and headache. This morning sickness happens due to the pregnancy hormones which get increased to support your full-term pregnancy. This symptom typically goes off by the end of 14th weeks of pregnancy.

What can be done to cope up with morning sickness?

  • You should never skip any of your meal and do take proper rest.
  • Eat in small quantities but in frequent intervals.
  • Doctors normally suggest having a small meal as soon as you wake up in the morning.
  • You can have two biscuits or one rusk with tea/milk in the morning.
  • Vaginal discharge – You may have a white and milky colored discharge from your vagina, which is known as Leukorrhea in medical term. If so, then please do not worry about it. This discharge is important to protect your internal organs from getting infected with any infection.
  • Fatigue – Fatigue is the reason for growing embryo which needs more blood and results in low blood pressure. This is the most common and a repetitive symptom of pregnancy. You will feel tired quickly and will also feel sleepy by and then, but this is absolutely normal and healthy sign.
  • Every smell feels high to you nowadays. Previously this particular smell has never bothered you, but now it has started catching your attention and making you more sensitive.
  • Sore Breasts – This symptom is a good sign as sore breasts are the reason for rising levels of milk-producing hormones which starts to expand and getting ready for breastfeeding.
  • Constipation – This symptom is very common during pregnancy.
Suffering from Constipation during Pregnancy? Looking for Home Remedies?

Remedy- Take 10 Currant (Munakka) and boil with 1 glass milk. Now eat these Currants and drink that milk at night before going to sleep. You can repeat it for 2-3 days for chronic constipation.

Read more such effective Home Remedies for Constipation During Pregnancy.

  • Blood Volume –  Your blood volume will increase by almost 50%. 
  • Pregnancy cramps – Your uterus is expanding so due to that ligaments in your abdomen are stretching. This is the reason you may experience cramps. If the cramps are severe, it is recommended to call/visit your doctor. 

Remember never hesitate to take advice from your doctor.

Do’s and Don’ts in Pregnancy Week 8:

Pregnancy is a good time to play it safe. An excitement is good but an experiment is not okay in pregnancy. Few things which you should take care of to do and not to do (important tips for Pregnancy week 8) are as follows:

Do’s Don’ts
Discuss your moods and symptoms with your doctor. Do not overlook any side effect of any medicine which is been prescribed to you by your Obstetrician. You can ask for the change of medicine.
Keep continuing your prenatal vitamins with Folic acid (400 mcg) every day. Do not take any Over-the-counter (OTC) medicine, as every medicine is not safe during pregnancy. So, it is better to consult your doctor before consuming it.
Eat nutritionally balanced and healthy diet. Completely quit unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking alcohol or chewing tobacco.
You can practice Yoga or squats which is good for your abdomen and gives you the flexibility during the labor. Do not eat or drink any unhealthy food or uncooked items and unpasteurized milk. Stop having fish with high levels of mercury. Don’t skip any meal.
Drink plenty of water and fluids to stay hydrated and avoid constipation. The water intake should be 3 litres (10-12 glasses) in a day. Don’t take stress or exertion.
You should take proper rest and sleep well. Take small nap in afternoon so that body can take rest. Don’t pull or push heavy objects. Don’t carry your elder baby (if you have). It can lead to lower abdominal pain.
If you notice any sign of bleeding during this week, speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Avoid eating spicy and oily stuff. Don’t consume Dry fruits.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  1. Which activities should be avoided during pregnancy?

Ans: The following activities should be avoided during pregnancy as they are risky.

  • Sports of high risk or bumps.
  • Any particular exercise which is making you too tired. 
  • Following any unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, and chewing tobacco are always considered to be NOT GOOD. You can talk to your doctor to know how you can quit these habits completely.
  • Hot baths or hot compression on your tummy is not good for your baby. So, it is better to avoid it.
  • If you are having pets at home then special care and attention are needed as their presence can also lead to several infections during pregnancy, especially cats.
  • Consumption of OTC medicines without consulting with your doctor should be avoided.
  • Sun Bathing – If you are exposing yourself under the sun, always remember to apply sunscreen to protect yourself and your baby from harmful UV rays.
  • Scuba diving – Decompression stress is attached to scuba diving. Hence it is prohibited for pregnant ladies.
  • Amusement park rides – Certain stops and starts of rides may not be good for your baby.

Therefore, to enjoy your pregnancy think about fun and creative ways to celebrate but be careful and alert.

Happy Pregnancy!

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