Week by Week Pregnancy Guide: 8 Weeks
Making it to the 8 weeks is no joke at all. So, being 8 weeks pregnant is really something you should be happy about.
But then, by now, your baby that was once seen as an embryo, by this week is gradually growing to become a fetus. So, while your baby will be as big as a raspberry, the weight should be around .04 ounces and about .63 inches in measurement. You should note that on a daily basis, your baby grows about a millimeter.
In fact, if you go for an ultrasound at this stage of your pregnancy, you might be surprised to see the eyes, legs and the hands of your baby, although very small. It is likely you see the baby moving up and down right there in your uterus. Also, with the ultrasound, you may possibly see how many heartbeats your baby makes. And guess what? You will know how many babies you are carrying in your womb.
So, while the fingers and toes of your baby are gradually forming and coming out, his or her taste board is also forming and preparing to have the first meal.
More so, you don’t have to be surprised when you find out that some of your clothes are becoming tighter around your tommy by the day. This is because your uterus is gradually growing which is also gradually causing an expansion in your tommy.
Then, you are likely to see your breast becoming heavier and tenderer. The hormones are only trying to prepare it for the breastfeeding stage that is upcoming. You may even discover that your nipples are discharging some thick and yellowish substance that is called colostrum.
Apart from that, another sign you should watch out for is cramping or pain taking place in your abdomen. This is as a result of the growth that is taking place in the uterus. Remember that as your baby is growing, so also have your uterus need to grow so as to contain the fetus.
If you find yourself constipating, you don’t have to worry about that. There are about 50% of other women who equally experience such in their pregnancy stage. So, when it happens, just make sure you drink as much as possible cups of water daily, walk a lot and eat fruits and veggies that are rich in fiber. But remember, if it persists, then you may consider seeing your doctor for some other means of overcoming it.
At this stage that you are 8 weeks pregnant, one of the things you should make sure you do well is squatting. It helps a lot when you are about to deliver, and apart from that, it helps so well in toning your thighs.
Take a lot of fruits, especially those that are rich in multivitamin. You so much need this so as to help in the development of the health of your pregnancy and you as a person. And while you keep an appointment with your doctor, ensure that you ask lots of questions on things you can do to stay healthy and those you should know that are normal as well as those that could be abnormal.
Take prenatal vitamins every day
Prenatal vitamins are recommended by most doctors if you are planning on becoming pregnant or are pregnant. They provide essential nutrients for the prenatal development of your baby. Taking prenatal vitamins is especially important when you’re so nauseous you can’t eat properly. Many of us don’t get all the vitamins and minerals we need from our food, which becomes critically important when you’re pregnant. If you have nausea during pregnancy, you should know that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends vitamin B6 first-line in prenatal vitamins (such as this pack of vitamins) to help alleviate nausea. Make sure to read this detailed article about the best prenatal vitamins available on the market today to take during pregnancy.
When to tell people you’re pregnant
Who you tell and when is a personal decision. Other than a husband, immediate family, and close friends, many women wait until after the first ultrasound scan to tell the wider circle. Here are our best pregnancy announcement ideas for everyone you know.
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