By 8 weeks pregnant the reality has set in and it no longer seems like a vague dream: you are pregnant and somehow your body is going to create a new human being. Miraculous!
Your Body At 8 Weeks Pregnant
Your nausea and morning sickness (that may have turned into “all day sickness”) is peaking. You and the baby are strong and you will get through this.
Watch any food triggers and try taking your prenatal vitamin with meals. Changing to one without iron can help. Some women wait to take their prenatal vitamins until their second trimester when morning sickness is gone or is less severe.
Your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit. Though you are not showing, clothes don’t fit quite as comfortably.If you have had previous pregnancies, you will likely show sooner than you did with the first one.
The “grapefruit” is putting enough pressure on your bladder that you continue to urinate frequently. Everywhere you go, you will automatically scan for the nearest restroom. Don’t worry; you will get used to it very quickly. 🙂
You will get a slight break during the “honeymoon phase” of pregnancy during the second trimester.
- There may be some vague stretching sensations in your abdomen.
- Mild discomforts may be experienced.
- Your breasts will continue to grow and be sensitive.
Your Baby At 8 Weeks Pregnant
The baby is about ½ an inch long at 8 weeks pregnant.
Eyelids, the upper lip, and the nose tip are forming during week 8 of your pregnancy.
The heart now has four distinct chambers and is pumping strongly. Its little tail will start to disappear.
The arms and legs will lengthen and elbows will be noticed.
Nerve cells are beginning to connect and lung branches are forming.
Your baby’s development at 8 weeks is still fast and furious.
Your Life At 8 Weeks Pregnant
You have probably seen a health care professional to confirm your pregnancy. Your usual OB/GYN might be perfect for you up until now, but it is time to do some research.
Look into birthing options and choices in types of health care providers (different OB/GYN, midwife, lay midwife, etc.).
First decide on the type of birth you want then look for the health care provider that can support that choice and has the experience. Look into birthing center, home birth, and hospital birth options. You don’t have to decide this week, so take your time doing your research.
Look into prenatal workouts or yoga classes for the support of other pregnant women and to keep fit and reduce stress.
If you haven’t gone shopping for a larger bra yet, you probably will need to now. Choose something comfortable with support. It is OK if it is a little roomy, you will be growing more before this is over.
For some women, it is the first time they have cleavage, for other women larger breasts will contribute to back fatigue. For the latter, back-strengthening exercises can help.
It may be hard to enjoy your pregnancy if you are experiencing morning sickness, but it will pass and your energy will return during your second trimester.