You’re almost two months pregnant by the time week 8 rolls in. The eighth week is a step further into the intense flurry of growth and development of your baby. Curious to find out all the signs, symptoms and development happening during week 8? Read on.
While your uterus is continuously expanding to make room for the baby, it’s still not showing visible signs on the outside. Not yet, anyway.
You will continue experiencing a heightened sense of smell, morning sickness, fatigue, sore breasts, weak bladder control and mild spotting as you did in the past week.
If you begin to feel constipated during this time, it’s no cause for concern. About 50% of pregnant women experience constipation in week 8.
You may have difficulty sleeping, and when you finally catch some sleep you see some vivid and strange dreams. It’s because of the intense hormonal activity coupled with the constant thinking .
You’ll also experience a sharp pain in the pelvic region, mainly when you twist or get up after sitting for a long time. This is largely due to the strain your muscles and ligaments are under to support your expanding uterus. It’s not something to worry about, but if the pain is unbearable, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor.
By week 8, your baby is as big as a raspberry, and weighs around 11 grams.
The baby’s face is growing more defined. The colour pigment in their eyes, upper lip and teeny eyelids are forming. The webbed hands and feet are now transforming into tiny fingers and toes. Their arms and legs are lengthening. The baby’s heart is beating twice as faster than yours. The lungs are developing too. Slowly, as the bones and muscles are developing, your baby is now straightening out from their earlier curled up position.
The struggle to fall asleep and the vivid dreams together will aggravate the fatigue and sluggishness. So, it’s important that you get as much rest as you can, and try to sneak in short naps throughout the day.
Include fibre rich foods such as berries, beans, dry fruits, nuts, whole grain bread, broccoli, avocados and so on to help with the constipation. If the problem persists, ask your doctor to prescribe meds that are safe to take .
Undertake some low impact exercises to help regulate the hormones and maintain a healthy body.
While mild bleeding is normal, keep an eye out for clumps. In case the bleeding is clumpy or heavy, call your doctor immediately.
This week is probably the time for an early ultrasound to check if the baby’s development is healthy and on track. You’ll notice tiny movements and even hear a heartbeat! (Please note: Sex determination of the baby is illegal in India.)
Invest in a good sports bra or a maternity bra to provide support and comfort to your breasts.
Start maintaining a journal of your progress. It’s an exciting journey with a whole lot of changes, learnings and observations that will come in handy in the coming weeks.
Partners, while there’s not much you can do during this time, you should definitely focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you smoke or drink regularly, you might want to kick the habit right away.
Don’t be afraid to initiate intimacy in the bedroom. But remember, your partner is carrying a tiny human, is tired, sleep deprived and moody. Her body is feeling tender, so be gentle. Exercise patience and be communicative. If she needs sleep, make sure she gets it.
You may want to keep your cologne and after-shave away from her, since her sense of smell has grown particularly sharp. The fragrance may trigger a headache or nausea.
Get some exercise together, as it will keep both of you motivated and healthy, and also help you spend quality time together.
Accompany her to the prenatal appointments and ultrasound check-ups.
The eighth 8 is crucial due to the sheer amount of developments happening inside your womb at the same time. The to-be mom’s health and well-being is of extreme priority!
All the best. Let us know if you have any questions, in the comments below!