So, you are 8 weeks pregnant now — that is, it’s the sixth week of the embryonic period or the end of the second month of pregnancy. At this point most of the women are already aware they are going to be moms. And those who don’t realize this yet, get more and more distinct hints at their new status as the symptoms become more and more pronounced.
What can you feel?
The pregnancy symptoms you could notice before get stronger. Hormone level keeps growing: this is why you have those mood swings or feel drowsy and weepy. Your uterus starts growing too and even though you may not feel it so far, your internal organs start experiencing a certain discomfort. You start peeing more frequently and you may even experience constipation. Vaginal discharge may become more abundant, but it shouldn’t worry you unless it comes with some itching.
Some women may notice brownish spotting, which is absolutely normal too if you don’t feel pain in the small of your back or any discomfort. In any case, let your doctor know if you notice anything like this.
Pregnancy toxemia is the main issue for a woman during the 8th week of pregnancy. Excessive salivation, disgust for food, and nausea just don’t let you eat as well as you should. On one hand, most of the women experience that, but on the other, if you’re prone to vomiting more than 5 times a day, it’s a serious reason to see your doctor.
How does your baby develop?
Your baby is now as big as a grape: his height is 14-20 mm and his weight is 3 g.
This week your baby gets a new status. Now it’s a fetus, not an embryo. Placenta keeps developing and uterine placental blood flow improves. During the 8th week, your baby will receive its nutrition through the umbilical cord. Despite the tiny size, he already looks like a human. During ultrasound examination, you can easily see his little arms and legs, and its head. Your baby’s face starts developing more distinct features.
The fetus’ internal organs development is still in progress. Its heart becomes four-chambered, lungs develop bronchial tubes and kidneys start forming. So does the genitalia: testicles in boys and ovaries in girls. It’s still impossible to identify the fetus’ gender, though. Nervous system develops at a torrid pace.
Your baby starts moving actively: bending arms and legs and rolling over — this can be very well seen during the obstetric ultrasound. However, your baby is still too small for you to feel it. Several months will have to pass before you can feel your baby tossing and turning in your tummy.
By the end of this week, all the internal organs will already be there, and nothing new will appear during the next week. They will just keep developing and your baby will keep growing bigger and heavier.
If you haven’t registered at your local maternity welfare center yet, now it’s the time to do that. An obstetrician will examine you, choose the vitamins that fit you best and send you to the ultrasound examination.
Besides seeing an obstetrician or a gynecologist, you’ll also have to visit a general practitioner, a dentist, and a venereologist. It must be noted that though your rounded belly can already be visible to others, notify your doctor about your state. Every pregnancy is individual, just as every woman’s belly. Something that may seem obvious to you won’t be like that for another person.
If you have any chronic illnesses and in case you have to regularly take some medicines, your doctor must know that. If necessary, he will send you to do some additional tests and examinations, he will adjust your medications accordingly as well.
A biochemical blood test will allow assessing condition of you internal organs and determine what kind of microelements your body lacks.
1. Full urine test: allows assessing condition of your kidneys.
2. Nechiporenko’s urine test: allows revealing hidden inflammations.
3. Glucose urine test: allows determining the glucose level in your blood.
If you don’t feel any major discomfort, you don’t have to change your lifestyle in any way. You can do workouts, but be sure not to exercise too much. Having sex is quite ok too. However, if there’s any miscarriage threat, you’ll have to forget about all of this for a while.
Many women feel tired and nervous during this period. To avoid this, do some outdoor walking every day. Pay special attention to what and how you eat. Veggies, fruit, high protein foods and fermented dairy products must be a part of your everyday diet. However, you’ll have to forget about baked foods, candy, coffee and all kinds of allergenic products.