I am 8 Weeks Pregnant, now What?
At 8 weeks pregnant, your baby is now about the size of a kidney bean and at the same time, continues to grow some of his body parts and organs such as his hands, feet, lungs and facial features. Below are other development and changes during 8 weeks pregnant.
Your Baby’s Development
If you could see through the inside of your womb during 8 weeks pregnant, a webbed fingers and toes is forming on your baby’s hands and toes, his thin eyelids forms and is now covering most of his eyes, his lip shaping the protruding tip of the button nose.
His breathing tubes now are connected starting from his throat through his lungs. His tiny tail is also almost disappearing.
You are now excited to know the gender of your baby (even though it is already determined) as some of his organs are rapidly developing. However, the external genital of your baby is not yet completely developed. Your baby is also now moving and shifting, but you still can’t feel the movements.
Your baby’s heart is also beating at the incredible rate of 150 to 170 times per minute that is twice as fast as yours. His digs are also getting bigger. As your baby grows, the amniotic fluid volume is also increasing, thus your uterus is expanding to give enough space for your little tenant.
Your Body at 8 Weeks Pregnant
Physical and hormonal changes
When you are wearing your usual size of bra, you’ll find it hard to fit in you now because it is getting tighter. You will need to change the size of your bra from now on as your breasts will continue to grow and get swollen. The cause is the increasing level of hormones in your body, resulting to your breasts getting bigger and expanding. This also means that your breasts are preparing for breastfeeding.
You’ll also soon notice and be surprised that you go up a cup size. This often happens to women on their first pregnancy. Not only your breasts is changing, even the usual size of your clothes as well. Your uterus that is only similar to the size of a fist has expanded largely on your 8th week, though this is still small.
Hormonal changes and the common early pregnancy symptoms continue such as morning sickness and fatigue. The pregnancy hormones such as progesterone may give you sluggish feeling.
You’ll also feel nausea and vomiting, in which you have been experiencing on the first weeks of your pregnancy. You won’t be able to sleep well because of your frequent get up on your bed and taking a leak. When your uterus begins to expand, your bladder is being pressed resulting to frequent urination. You will also experience abdominal cramping and bloating.
Morning sickness has been with you ever since you are 6 weeks pregnant and may be visiting you throughout your pregnancy. It has been the worst enemy of most pregnant women. Though, it is called morning sickness, because it may start in the morning, it could ruin your whole day since you will feel it day and night.
You may also feel lightheadedness this week because when you’re pregnant, your blood pressure becomes low. This can lead to dizziness and fainting. Your blood volume will increase by just fewer than 50%, which may cause headaches.
There again, a queasy feeling. This could be the cause of your HCG and estrogen increasing its level, spreading all over your body. There may also be the relaxation of the muscles of the digestive tract, which makes digesting your food less efficient because of the high progesterone level or rapid stretching of the uterine muscles.
Another is pregnancy heartburn, in which most likely, nausea and vomiting will subside when you are 12 to 14 weeks pregnant. Despite of annoying pregnancy symptoms that you’re feeling right now, just stay on the brighter side. Knowing the reason why you are experiencing morning sickness is because it is normal.
If you still feel discomforts because of the pregnancy symptoms such as headaches and nausea, you can be relieved by taking medication. However, make sure you consult your health care provider for these kinds of medications because they might be dangerous for an 8 weeks pregnant woman.