We explain to you how your body evolves with 8 weeks of pregnancy and how your baby is growing. Let us help you clarify all your doubts.
Signs of Alteration in Pregnancy
Your body is prepared to generate a normal healthy baby, and pregnancy usually runs smoothly. However, particularly in a first pregnancy , you should be aware of the signs your body sends you and call your doctor if anything bothers you or feels that something is wrong with you or your baby:
- Vaginal bleeding – may indicate placental abruption or onset of labor
- Loss of fluid through the vagina – may be a sign of rupture of the water bag
- Vaginal discharge with pruritus / pain ;
- Abdominal pain – may indicate an ectopic pregnancy ;Chills or fevers – may indicate an infection
- Pain / burning when urinating – symptoms of a urinary infection ;
- Persistent vomiting – although vomiting is common in the first trimester of pregnancy (1st to 13th week), if persistent may indicate pregnancy hyperemesis and lead to dehydration
- Strong or continuous headaches
- Vision disturbances, double vision, or blurred with bright spots – which may be a sign of pre-eclampsia
- Decreased fetal movements – may indicate that the baby is in distress
- Rhythmic contractions before the 37th week of pregnancy – an indicator that the onset of labor may be soon.
Week 8 – 1st day
The fetus already measures between 1.5 and 2cm from the head to the coccyx. Already have eyelids, upper lip and nose. The ears begin to take shape. The inner and outer ear forms, the heart already distinguishes the valves of the aorta and the lungs. The skeleton is still cartilage and can be seen through the translucent skin of the fetus. The placenta now assumes the function of feeding the fetus through the umbilical cord . You will receive food, oxygen and water.
The little tail that the baby had is disappearing, and so many changes have already happened that it is no longer an embryo, but officially a fetus. This stage is extremely important, because it is where the baby’s organs are forming. The arms grow and the hands are flexed at the wrists, joining over the heart. The legs are getting longer and the feet can be long enough to join in front of the body.
It is still almost impossible, by ultrasound, to determine if you are expecting a boy or a girl. Some laboratories, offer a blood test that determines fetal ‘s’ from 8 weeks of gestation. Tetecting the presence or absence of Y chromosomes in the mother’s blood. This type of examination is not usually covered by health insurance.
Week 8 – 2nd day
By the sixth to the eighth week of gestation. The breasts begin to increase in size and continue to grow throughout the pregnancy due to the increase of layers of fat of the skin. Although often uncomfortable, these transformations have an important purpose: to prepare the breasts for breastfeeding.
Do not be terrified. If your breasts do not grow much in the gestation. Each woman has a genetics, and the size of the breasts does not influence the success of breastfeeding.
It is common for the bra to vary from one to two numbers up in pregnancy. Especially if it is your first child. You may also feel a certain itchiness in your breasts as your skin tightens. Moisturize them nicely with products that your own doctor may indicate in order to try to prevent stretch marks.
Week 8 – 3rd day
Body and Health
The increase in total blood, which circulates in you until the end of pregnancy. Could be 45% and 50% more running in your veins to meet the baby’s demand. Overload in the circulatory system may make it more prone to varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Talk to your doctor.
There are things you should do to improve blood circulation and thus prevent varicose veins in the final stage of pregnancy. Walk daily, lie on your left side, raise your legs, sit without crossing your legs, wear elastic stockings. All of these recommendations can help you prevent slow circulation.
Week 8 – 4th day
Gesture and Health
During gestation there is an increase in hormone production, responsible for several structural and muscular modifications. Some of the essential hormones in pregnancy are responsible for the tendency to reabsorb sodium, causing water retention.
In order to mitigate this effect on the body, one possibility is to resort to lymphatic drainage, which prevents and treats complications arising from gestation, aiding in the relief of circulatory and muscular problems, as well as other problems related to hormonal changes such as migraine , insomnia, constipation and fatigue, besides providing relaxation to the pregnant woman.
It is important to talk to your doctor about the procedure during your prenatal visits. Once authorized by the obstetrician, the sessions can start as early as the first weeks of gestation. Do not add salt in the salad, eat only fruits, yogurt and cereals at breakfast and do not drink sodas are very easy and efficient measures to significantly reduce the amount of daily sodium ingested.
Week 8 – 5th day
Nausea may be starting. To reduce discomfort, do not do long periods of fasting and try to eat gradually drier foods, such as whole-grain crackers or salt and water.
Numbness, weird dreams and starvation can disrupt your sleep in the first trimester.
It is very common to have to make a snack in the middle of the night. Do not try to fool the stomach. Get up and eat something light. You’ll feel better and you’ll get some sleep. Do not worry, nausea should improve soon. Experts are not yet quite sure why so many women go through nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy, but it seems the biggest culprit is the pregnancy hormones.
In the first three months, hormone levels fluctuate a lot. When they begin to stabilize, by the second quarter, most women also feel better. If you need to work and nausea are upsetting your performance, ask your doctor for a remedy that you can use more consistently to help with this phase. You do not have to suffer.
Week 8 – 6th day
Another nuisance caused by hormones is constipation, also known as constipation. It is one of the most common symptoms of this period and can worsen if the pregnant woman had this problem before becoming pregnant. Pregnancy hormones, especially progesterone, affect the muscles of the large intestine, causing peristalsis (movement of the bowel to push food) to slow down.
Maintaining a high fiber diet is key to avoiding the problem. Fruits such as papaya, plum, apricot, strawberry, pineapple and orange with bagasse are best suited to eat at breakfast and between meals.
Vegetables and vegetables can not be lacking in the menu of pregnant women, especially the raw ones, that are rich in fibers, helping the intestine to digest the foods. Yogurts and whole grains are also essential for regulating the intestinal flora.
Drinking plenty of liquid daily is another important tip. Giving preference to water and unsweetened natural juices or sweeteners. As these products ferment and cause gas.
Week 8 – 7th day
Gesture and Health
Avoid long periods in polluted places, especially where there is cigarette smoke, because although it may be indirectly aspirated, it can be harmful to you and the unborn child. Reduction of oxygen levels, in addition to chemical components derived from petroleum present in polluted air from traffic, as well as other pollutants in the air that we aspire to, can influence both the formation of fetal organs and the placenta, as well as the incidence of respiratory diseases of the baby after birth.
Tips of Pregnancy
Concern about miscarriage
If you know that you are pregnant, you may feel some emotional tension caused by fear of losing your baby. Try to relax and nurture positive thoughts, which will help you to go through this phase more peacefully.
Miscarriage is a problem that affects about one in five pregnancies. Sometimes the woman does not even realize she was pregnant, confusing the expulsion of the genetic material with a menstruation.
The high rate of spontaneous abortions in the first few weeks even leads to some caution in communicating the news of pregnancy up to 12 weeks , when the risk decreases markedly.
With completion of the development of the baby’s vital structures and vital organs by the 13th week of pregnancy , the risk of miscarriage drops to about 65%.
Tips for a peaceful pregnancy
If you suspect that you are pregnant, you should start surveillance as soon as possible and the first pregnancy surveillance visit should occur soon after your first menstrual period. After this consultation, there are other monthly consultations up to the 36th week of pregnancy, and biweekly consultations from the 36th week until delivery.
In this appointment, your doctor will calculate the probable date of delivery. This calculation is made based on the 1st day of your last menstruation (DUM) of the rule of Nëagle as follows:
At the time of your last menstruation add 7 days and advance nine months
Confirmation of pregnancy is performed by auscultation of fetal beats or visualization of the embryo or fetus by ultrasound.
The definitive calculation of the gestational age and the probable date of delivery will be made at the 1st ultrasound of the pregnancy (between 11 and 13 weeks + 6 days), based on the measurement of craniocaudal length.
Pregnancy Health Newsletter
In this consultation you will receive the Pregnancy Health Report that serves to record all personal, clinical and laboratory data. You should take this newsletter with you whenever you go to a consultation or health institution, allowing the articulation between the different health services.
This newsletter will have as its last entry the data recorded in the puerperium consultation , to be carried out between 4-6 weeks after childbirth and that serves to evaluate the way your body is recovering in the post partum, being also, an opportunity for clarify any doubts and questions.
The date of the first day of the last menstruation allows to calculate with the gestational age and the probable date of the birth, with a margin of error of 14 days. However, there are other tests performed during pregnancy that allow the gestational age to be dated .
The analysis of several indicators allows to establish a direct comparison between the state of development of the baby and the state of development expected for the time of gestation:
- The fetal heart rate between the 11th and 12th week
- Perceptible fetal movements from the 19th week on the primipara (first pregnancy) and the 17th week on the multiparous (when the woman had previously delivered)
- By calculating the uterine height. The fundus of the uterus is usually at the navel level around the 20th week of pregnancy .
Your diet should be high in iron , calcium, iodine, zinc, folic acid , vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids . To provide these nutrients to your body, your diet should be rich in vegetables , vegetables, fruits , lean meats, eggs, fish, nuts, and dairy. Your gynecologist may suggest some supplements to ensure your baby’s development.
At your first appointment with the gynecologist, the gynecologist will weigh it and, given your weight, will calculate the pounds that it would be advisable to gain during gestation . In general, it is recommended not to increase more than 10 pounds, throughout the entire pregnancy.
Pregnancy Week by week
- 1 Week Pregnant: Early signs of pregnancy
- 2 Weeks Pregnant: Sign, Symptoms, Discharge
- 3 Weeks Pregnant: Sign and Test
- 4 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound
- 5 Weeks Pregnant: Belly and Cramping
- 6 Weeks Pregnant: Don’t be afraid of miscarriage
- 7 Weeks Pregnant: Development
- 8 Weeks Pregnant: Bleeding
- 9 Weeks Pregnant: Twins?
- 10 Weeks Pregnant: Fetus
- 11 Weeks Pregnant: Uterus
- 12 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound Gender
- 13 Weeks Pregnant: Scan
- 14 Weeks Pregnant: Baby moves
- 15 Weeks Pregnant: Can baby hear in the womb?
- 16 Weeks Pregnant: Baby movement
- 17 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal Development
- 18 Weeks Pregnant: Morphological Ultrasound
- 19 Weeks Pregnant: Weight gain during pregnancy
- 20 Weeks Pregnant: Uterus positions
- 21 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal weight
- 22 Weeks Pregnant: Baby size
- 23 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal movement feel like
- 24 Weeks Pregnant: Position of Baby
- 25 Weeks Pregnant: Sleeping position
- 26 Weeks Pregnant: Food and fruits
- 27 Weeks Pregnant: Trimester
- 28 Weeks Pregnant: Baby position in the womb
- 29 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms not to ignore
- 30 Weeks Pregnant: Average weight of fetus?
- 31 Weeks Pregnant: How many month i am?
- 32 Weeks Pregnant: How big is baby?
- 33 Weeks Pregnant: Is it safe to deliver?
- 34 Weeks Pregnant: Signs of labor
- 35 Weeks Pregnant: Is how many months?
- 36 Weeks Pregnant: Is it safe to deliver?
- 37 Weeks Pregnant: What are the chances of giving birth?
- 38 Weeks Pregnant: Signs of labor
- 39 Weeks Pregnant: Considered a Term Baby
- 40 Weeks Pregnant: Contractions in Labor