Pregnancy week 8: What to Expect
Your baby in pregnancy week 8 will be going through a rapid period of fetal development. He or she will develop little webbed fingers and toes and begin to move more freely in your womb. The finer details of the face will also be becoming more defined – eyelids and the folds of the ears will form.
The brain, nervous system, and spinal cord also continue to develop and strengthen and harder bone begins to take the place of soft cartilage.
Symptoms During Pregnancy Week 8
At 8 weeks pregnant, your body will still be adjusting to the rapid changes taking place inside you. The initial pregnancy symptoms will continue. You can expect:
- Morning sickness (any time of the day!)
- Slight pregnancy pain or abdominal cramping
- Tenderness or tingling in your breasts
- A possible increase in vaginal discharge
The good news is – the nausea pregnancy causes will start to ease any time from now until 12 weeks. Every pregnant woman experiences this differently.
Additionally, by the time you’re 8 weeks pregnant, your body’s blood volume will be increasing. Your heart will be pumping up to 50% more blood per minute to supply your baby. This can result in increased fatigue, moodiness or irritability.
These symptoms feel a bit like doom and gloom, but it’s not all bad! The increased blood flow at two months of pregnancy is likely to give you that tell-tale ‘glow’ in your skin, hair, and eyes.
Pregnancy Week 8 To Do List
Visit your dentist:
Dental health during pregnancy can deteriorate as your body focuses its energy on giving your baby the very best nutrients. You should book at least one appointment with your dentist during your pregnancy. You should also try to ensure that your diet is rich in calcium.
Give your baby the best nutrients:
Keep up with your good pregnancy nutrition and exercise habits. Healthy food will help your body give Baby the nutrients it needs and regular exercise will keep your heart working at its best. This should help to keep those tiredness and moodiness symptoms during pregnancy at bay.
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