Baby’s Head Has Been Growing
This is an exciting growth phase, as your baby may make some first movements this week. If you had an ultrasound about now, those movements might even be visible, though you won’t be able to feel them for several more weeks.
Baby Developments at Week 8
By this week, your baby is the size of a kidney bean and measures about 0.6 to 0.7 inches from head to bottom (derrière) and weighs around 3 grams.
- The tail at the bottom of your baby’s spinal cord has shrunk and almost disappeared.
- The head which has been constantly growing is quite large compared with the rest of the body now and curves onto the chest.
- The tiny fingers and toes are webbed and will continue to stay this way for a while
- The tip of the nose has developed and can be seen in profile
- Flaps of skin over the eyes have begun to shape into barely noticeable eyelids too.
- The retinas begin to develop pigment
- Baby’s digestive system continues to develop. The anus is forming, and the intestines are growing longer.
- In addition, internal reproductive features such as testes and ovaries start to form this week.
Pregnancy Symptoms at Week 8
As baby grows at an amazing rate, there are major changes happening in your body too, heightening your pregnancy symptoms. Your uterus which was initially the size of your fist has now become the size of an orange.
- Though your bump is still not visible, your clothes may begin to feel a little snug around your tummy.
- As your hormone levels spike, your breasts are getting bigger. So you may feel uncomfortable in your old bra which is getting tighter.
- Your uterus which is twice the normal size presses down on your bladder causing frequent urination.
- Nausea, fatigue and morning sickness will continue to bog you down.
- You may experience early pregnancy cramps as the ligaments in your abdomen are stretching.
- Heartburn, constipation, bloating and difficulty in sleeping are common during this stage.
Important things to do this week
- You may have to consider investing in maternity bras to support your growing breasts. Do keep in mind to buy one or two sizes extra as your breasts will continue growing throughout pregnancy
- Continue taking your pre-natal vitamins to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
- Eating small, frequent meals – and foods high in protein and carbohydrates – can help you fight nausea.
Tip for Pregnancy Week 8
- If you’ve been exercising, it’s a good idea to continue with it at it helps to keep the muscles toned and prepares them for the changes in your body
- Walking is safe and effective as it is low-impact and total body workout.
- Eat small regular meals to fight indigestion
- Drink a glass of milk will help relieve heartburn