8 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
8 WEEKS PREGNANT
You’re eight weeks pregnant and at the end of your second month of pregnancy. These first two months have flown by, haven’t they? Granted, time may have seemed to move faster than it actually did because for most (or all!) of the first month, you didn’t even know you were pregnant!
Never mind all that. For the sake of the rest of your pregnancy (you know, the 30-some odd weeks you have left to go still), let’s pretend that time does, in fact, move that fast.
This is an exciting week! You may have your first prenatal appointment scheduled this week, which means finally an ultrasound! Your baby is continuing to grow and has made quite a bit of progress just since last week.
At eight weeks, the baby is about the size of a raspberry! Imagine holding a raspberry in the palm of your hand for a minute – so little still, but so much bigger than last week. Baby measures about 0.63 inches long from crown to rump and weighs roughly 0.04 ounces!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 8
By your eighth week, the pregnancy symptoms have hit full force. Some days you feel incredible and you think, this pregnancy stuff’s a piece of cake. And then there are the days when the symptoms are at their worst, you’re miserable, and you wonder how on earth you’re going to make it through seven more months of this! You can do it! It gets easier once the worst of the early pregnancy symptoms have died down some – within the next month for most women.
With that said, here’s a list of symptoms you may be experiencing this week:
- Morning sickness. The nausea. The vomiting. What’s not to love? If you’re having trouble keeping food down, forgo the large meals and just eat little bits at a time throughout the day. The important thing is to make sure you don’t get dehydrated from all that throwing up. Try drinking ginger ale or suck on peppermints to calm your stomach and help with the nausea.
- Breast changes. Your boobs may still be quite sore, but other changes are happening, too. Your breasts are getting bigger and it may at times feel like you’re literally carrying around two very large melons in your bra.
- Fatigue. Growing a baby is hard work and it takes a lot out of you. Your body is working overtime to function for both you and your sweet little one. The best thing you can do at this point is to rest and sleep as much as possible.
- Cramping. Cramps in the eighth week of pregnancy are par for the course. Your uterus is expanding causing the ligaments to stretch, and everything inside you is shifting around to make room for the baby to grow. Severe cramping is not normal, so if the cramping gets to this point, get in to see your OB right away.
- Superhuman sense of smell. Another wonderful pregnancy symptom is the ability to smell at superhuman strength. You will smell This wonderful superpower you’ve developed will not help your morning sickness in the least. You may want to consider wearing nose plugs for the duration of your pregnancy. Just sayin’.
- Strange dreams. While the cause isn’t known for certain, having strange and vivid dreams is completely normal during pregnancy. If you remember your dreams in the morning, write them down and stick them in the baby book to look back on later.
- Constipation. Ah, yes. Another one of the joys of pregnancy. Constipation is completely normal to experience. Eating high-fiber foods and drinking lots of water can help combat this most uncomfortable pregnancy symptom. If nothing you’re doing is helping you go, ask your OB about what else you can try.
- Spotting. While spotting in week eight of your pregnancy can be scary, don’t freak out right away and assume it means you’re miscarrying. There are many reasons why you might be spotting – one of which is sex. Your cervix is very sensitive right now, so sex can irritate the cervix and cause you to spot. If you’re worried, contact your OB to rule out any concerns.
8 WEEK BABY BUMP
While most women will not start showing as early as eight weeks, it’s not impossible. If you’re on the thinner side and/or carrying multiples, you very well could notice a slight baby bump. Don’t worry if you haven’t noticed a change in your belly yet. It’s still early!
Recommended weight gain for women in their first trimester is about one to two pounds each week. However, many women don’t gain much weight at all (some even lose weight) in the beginning of pregnancy thanks to every pregnant woman’s favorite symptom – morning sickness.
Your doctor will weigh you at each of your appointments and will let you know if there is a concern about your weight, so don’t sweat it!
8 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
You might have your first prenatal appointment and ultrasound this week! Finally, right? If your prenatal appointment isn’t for another week or two, it’s okay! Your time to see your baby on an ultrasound is coming up soon!
At eight weeks pregnant, your baby’s fingers and toes are developing, and the genitals are forming. It’s still too early to know if it’s a boy or a girl yet, though! During your ultrasound, you may see the baby moving around in there, but you won’t be able to feel it yet as the baby is still too small. It sure is exciting to see, though! You’ll also be able to see (and maybe even hear) the baby’s heartbeat!
During your first appointment, you can expect to be weighed and you’ll have to pee in a cup so they can check your urine to make sure your protein and glucose levels are on the right track. You’ll also have a pap smear done to check for various infections or abnormalities.
More than likely, you’ll have your blood drawn to check for things like your blood type and whether your blood is RH positive or negative. If you have RH negative blood, you’ll have to receive a shot called RhoGAM a few times throughout your pregnancy to prevent complications in the case that your baby’s blood is RH positive. Your blood will also be used to check your hormone levels, your white and red blood cell levels, and your doctor will also check for diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B, and other STDs and immunities.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 8 WEEKS PREGNANT?
It’s important to take care of yourself always during your pregnancy so you don’t get sick and worn out. Here are a few things you should be doing at eight weeks pregnant:
- Take prenatal vitamins.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Eat healthy foods and stay hydrated.
- Decide when and who you’re going to start telling about your pregnancy.
- Sam C's Editorial Team