8 Weeks Pregnant: What are the symptoms of pregnancy at 8 weeks?

Congratulations, you’ve reached two months of pregnancy! Having recently discovered that you’re pregnant, you must be thinking about a lot of things: what should I eat? How should I walk? Can I get that? Is it normal to feel this? Don’t worry, as that’s something every pregnant woman goes through, especially if it’s her first pregnancy. Now what happens at 8 weeks pregnant?

What do you need to know for a successful 8 weeks of pregnancy?

How to Calculate Pregnancy?

The first day of pregnancy is the first day of your last menstrual period or LPM. Try to remember that date to calculate your pregnancy weeks.

What are the signs of 8 Weeks Pregnant?

8 weeks pregnant

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  • Fatigue: as your baby continues to develop, you may experience some fatigue as it’s consuming your body’s resources.
  • Food aversions and cravings: this starts in the seventh week and continues during the next months.
  • Intense smelling: your smell since may get heightened during this week.
  • Vaginal discharge: you may experience augmented pelvic secretions as a consequence of the increased blood volume.

See also: 7 weeks Pregnant

How is your body changing?

During the eight week, your body will be experiencing few extra changes that may go unnoticed, while others are obviously happening

  • Your breasts will become tender and more sensitive, which is totally normal as your body is preparing itself for lactation.
  • You may see weird dreams as your mind is full of ideas and worries about the pregnancy which your subconsciousness projects during your sleep.
  • You may experience abnormal feelings that you wouldn’t typically have, like anxiety, which is once again normal especially if it’s your first pregnancy
  • Your uterus starts to get bigger during this week and gets to the size of a grapefruit, but it’s still early for a belly bump.
  • Your blood volume increases by 40 to 50 percent, so an increase in blood pressure is normal

How is your baby changing at 8 Weeks Pregnancy?

As you’re finishing your second month of pregnancy, your baby starts to take the actual human shape as its organs are complete by this time. During this week, its height reaches 2.54cm,and it becomes the size of a cute little bean.

The facial features start to become more precise and more mature as the tip of the nose becomes visible and the eyelids become clear while the ears are developing both from the inside and the outside.

The external genitals, on the other hand, cannot be seen yet even though the baby’s gender is already determined by this age.

What’s next?

Your prenatal appointment with your health care provider must be coming these days or in the next week. During that doctor visit, you can expect a more extended examination, as your healthcare provider will go through the pregnancy anamnesis which includes the following elements:

  • Medical history before the beginning of the pregnancy
  • Personal and family antecedents, primarily related to STDs and pregnancy-related
  • Any medical condition you’re suffering from
  • The date of your last menstrual period
  • Any birth control methods you’ve been using,or you’ve used in the past
  • Any medications you’re taking at the moment

And as the doctor sees fit, you can expect extra tests like

  • Pap smear or cervical smear test
  • Blood test
  • Ultrasound screening

If you have any question regarding your pregnancy, do not hesitate to ask your doctor while you have the opportunity. Your healthcare provider is the one who’s most qualified to guide you while you’re carrying a child, so their advice must be taken seriously.

Tips for a healthy 8 weeks Pregnant

When you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms, like nausea and acne, you may get the urge to get some over-the-counter medication to solve those problems quickly. Doing that may be dangerous for your baby, so make sure to consult a pharmacist or your doctor to see if the ingredients will hurt your child or not.

Tips for your partner

Hang in there,buddy, we know the stress is building up as your partner approaches the delivery day. Make sure to help with different house shores whenever you can, and support her during her down times and mood swings. Also, if you have pets in the house, consider taking care of them when she’s pregnant as pets can carry allergens that may represent a threat to your future child’s health.

Read also: 9 Weeks Pregnant

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