8 Weeks Pregnant: Learn How Much Your Baby Has Grown?

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You are already 2 months pregnant and there are a lot of things going on to your body system. Your baby is now moving but you are still lingering the pregnancy symptoms.

Minutiae: Fruits with stronger* colors have better* nutritional value, thus they are healthier for pregnant mothers.

Fetal Growth and Development

Compared to previous weeks, your growing baby undergoes more compelling changes. The baby begins to perform subtle movement and the brainwave activity starts. The embryonic tail is about to disappear too. At 8 weeks, the baby is a ½ inch in length which is about the size of a grape. While eyelids and ears of are still forming, the tip of the nose of the baby is now visible. The arms are also noticeable via ultrasound and have grown longer, and the limbs are about to lose* their webbed appearances.

Week 8 Fetus

Moreover, the nerves are starting to function and neuron cells are branching out to form neural pathways. The eyelids are growing larger and cover most of the baby’s eyes which now have retinas and lens. The face of the baby is forming a decent shape. Taste buds, on the other hand, start developing on the baby’s tongue just like teeth beginning to develop under the gums. Lastly, the heart is divided into two chambers beating as fast as 150 beats per minute.

Maternal Body Changes

8th Week Body Changes

The following are pregnancy symptoms that continue to linger up to the 8th week of pregnancy.

  • Fatigue: Due to hormones and the growing baby, most pregnant mothers feel very tired easily during the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: This queasy feeling can be relieved by consuming foods with ginger. Other ways to relieve nausea and vomiting in pregnancy are to eat small, frequent feeding; avoiding spicy and fatty foods, and eating cold instead of hot foods.
  • Food Aversions: This remains a pretty normal phenomenon and continues to exist until 8 weeks of pregnancy. Notify your doctor if you are craving for weird substances such as hair or clay. This is abnormal and can be a sign of nutritional deficiency.
  • Flatulence: Farting is a common symptom at 8th week of pregnancy. This is caused by relaxin and progesterone that relaxes* GI muscles. As a result, the food moves slowly leading to accumulation of gas and indigestion.
  • Increased Sensitivity to Smell: Certain smells are unbearable to pregnant mothers. If you cannot tolerate the smell, let someone else pitch in to prepare your meals. Leave windows open when cooking so as not to accumulate odors.
  • Leukorrhea: This is the thin, milky vaginal discharge as a result of increasing* estrogen in the pelvic area which in turn stimulates the mucous membranes in the region. Leukorrhea is harmless and actually protects* the cervical canal from infection.

8 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnant mothers at this point also experience sharp pain on either side of the mother’s pelvis especially when mother twists her hips. The uterus is also becoming heavy that puts strain on the muscles and ligaments that hold the uterus in place.

Twin Pregnancy at a Glance

Twin Pregnancy at a Glance

Without a doubt, having twins in the family is a double blessing but this can otherwise pose greater risk compared to singleton pregnancies. The following are the 10 You-should-know facts about twin pregnancies:

  • 3 in 100 pregnant mothers give birth to a twin.
  • Mothers who deliver babies at advance age have a higher tendency of twin pregnancy.
  • Pregnant mothers need to double their daily supplements.
  • Twin pregnancy entails more frequent prenatal visits and monitoring.
  • The risk of miscarriage is higher in twin pregnancy than a singleton pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy symptoms are worse in twin pregnancies.
  • Twin babies kick less* compared to a singleton baby.
  • Mothers who have gestational diabetes are more common in twin pregnancies than those who only bear a child.
  • Twin pregnancies have due labor between 36 and 37 weeks of gestation which is much earlier than a normal pregnancy.
  • Twins are often delivered through C-section.

Looking Great @ 8th Week of Pregnancy

Pregnancy period is always an exciting journey in every woman’s life. True, indeed. But pregnant mothers are a bit worried about how they look sooner or later. It is no secret that women get fat and lose* their body shape, and this not only happens overnight but endures for 9 long months. Consider these fashion tips on how to stay beautiful and feel young while pregnant.

  • Keep it Comfortable: Don’t try to be like someone else. If you are uncomfortable showing up your legs, do not do so. After all, there are still many ways to glam up besides this.
  • Choose The Right Shoes: It should be mentioned that as the baby bump increases* in size, the center of gravity changes. Thus, using heels can be a bit of a challenge or dangerous. In this case, use low wedges or buy a pair of flats. You can still look glamorous without wearing heels. Make your and your baby’s safety the topmost priority.
  • Take Care of Your Skin: Pregnant mothers are prone to skin breakouts especially acne. This is disturbing, but it is normal. Prevent further damage by cleaning your skin before and after going to bed. Also, apply a moisturizer with SPF at least 30.

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Expert Author : Peony C Echavez (Consumer Health Digest)

Peony is a registered nurse, and former Director of Nursing services for a large nursing facility. She has written web content for a large health education website, and currently creates content for a number of health practisioners.