Now, it almost 2 months of your pregnancy and you must be feeling a lot of changes. Some expected woman schedule their first appointment with the doctor in 6th or 7th week and some wait till the 2 missed period or till 8 weeks pregnant. Let’s see the changes in your baby and you at 8 weeks pregnant. See also : 9 Weeks Pregnant- Mother and Baby at 9 Weeks Pregnant
Your Baby at 8 Weeks Pregnant:
- At 8 weeks, embryo is measure somewhere about 2 centi-meters OR 18 mm OR ¾ inch in length. You baby is growing daily at around 1 mm per day. Also, amniotic fluid present in your womb increases around 2 tablespoons per week.
- After crossing the 8 weeks, baby is officially called a ‘foetus’ which means ‘offspring’. But still at this stage, get nutrition from the yolk sac instead of the placenta. After passing more weeks the placenta will develop and form a structure called ‘chorionic villi’. This structure will help placenta to get attached with womb wall.
- Baby arms and legs start growing this week but it is too early to call them arms and legs they are feet and hand buds. It will take few more weeks to clearly see the arms and legs. At 8 weeks pregnant, baby heart is beating around 150 to 160 beats per minute.
- Lungs are also start developing in this week. Breathing tube will extend from the throat to the lungs. Also, the face will start taking the shape.
- Around 8 weeks pregnant, colour pigment in eyes also start forming. Baby won’t able to open them properly until around 26 weeks pregnant. During this period, their eyelids almost completely cover their eyes.
- At 8 weeks pregnant, your baby’s skin is still paper thin, and have almost transparent, embryonic look.
Mother at 8 Weeks Pregnant:
- At this stage, you start feeling that your waist line and breast size start increasing. Hormones level in your body start growing and this is the main reason of breast growth and other tissue growth. Your breast will grow entire during of pregnancy and won’t be surprise if your size goes up by a cup or two. Especially, it is common in first pregnancy.
- A parental visit must be schedule between 8 to 12 weeks of pregnancy. In this period, sessions will be most in depth and can be of an hour. In this visit, a doctor or caretaker will ask the questions about your health and family‘s medical history. They may ask some personal question also and you have to try to answer all at your best.
- A physical examination also will be carried out for your height, weight and blood pressure to create a medical record and for comparison in future.
- You will start felling exhausted at this point and need plenty of sleep and rest.
- Nausea and morning sickness also be a major complaint during this period and better to consult your doctor and take some natural remedies after his/her consultation.
- Your body blood pressure also increased by 40-50% and because of this you may feel headache all time so better ask your doctor about taking aspirin, ibuprofen or some natural remedy.
- You also start thinking that it is a baby boy or girl.
Some Other Common Symptoms at 8 Weeks Pregnant:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Food Cravings
- Bloating & Gas
- Increased Sense of Smell
- Increased Vaginal Discharge
Parental Tests for You at 8 Weeks Pregnant:
- Few tests are the normal blood test but some test involves a strict procedure. Before you are for any test, ask your doctor to explain that what is this test and how it to be done? Also, confirm that is there any risk associate with this test or not and what result will tell us?
- Many of the parental tests are for screening purpose rather than for diagnostic purpose. They only give you the result about the risk about certain conditions.
Some of the test to be carried out in 1st trimester of pregnancy:
- Nuchal Fold Scan (It is a type of ultrasound to calculate the clear space between the baby’s neck at the back.)
- Several other ultrasound and blood test also be done in first trimester to check the pregnancy risks and other problems.
- As we told earlier that screening is risk free but some test like chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis, may increase the risk of miscarriage.
- In Chorionic villus sampling (CVS), sample of cells is collected from the placenta, and sent to a specialist lab for genetic analysis. This test will identify and tell that your baby is not suffering from any genetic disorders or hundreds of chromosomal abnormalities.
- Usually this test will be done between 11 and 12 weeks, and is an alternative to another diagnostic genetic test called amniocentesis, which will be done at later stage (around 16 to 20 weeks of pregnancy). See also : 10 Weeks Pregnant- Mother and Baby at 10 Weeks Pregnant