Week-by-Week Pregnancy: 8th Week
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While you are still amazed by the news that you will have a baby, the days are moving fast and you are at the 8th week.
What kind of changes does the 8th week of pregnancy create for expectant mothers, how is your baby this week? We have compiled everything you can think of, from nutrition to exercises, from pregnancy symptoms to a checklist.
When you reach 8 weeks, you may wonder at what stage your baby’s development is. Here are the answers to all your questions such as his weight, height, development of his systems and senses, what skills he gained…
How Big Has My Baby got?
Your baby has grown to the size of raspberry this week.
Your tiny raspberry has grown rapidly this week, as it did in the past weeks, and it has grown 3 times. Of course, this is not yet a size that will make you realize that you are pregnant from the outside. But your baby is growing, developing, his heart continues to beat fast, and he is getting closer and closer to the image of a baby day by day.
The weight and height of the 8-week-old baby will be approximate as in the table below:
1,5- 2 cm
As can be seen in the table, your little one has reached a measurable weight. In the coming days, both his height and weight will continue to increase exponentially.
The Development of Your Baby's Systems and Newly Gained Skills
Your baby is still tiny, but he has organs that develop rapidly in his tiny body. All the systems of his body are developing gradually.
So, let’s examine at what stage the 8-week-old baby’s organ and system development is.
The fore, mid, and hindbrain continue to develop. The production of nerve cells continues rapidly. The nerve cells produced begin to combine with each other.
The thyroid gland continues to develop. Hormonal development continues.
The circulatory system
- This week, all the chambers and valves of the heart are formed.
- The heart rate has increased to 100-180 beats per minute, and thus it begins to provide blood flow to the whole body.
If you haven’t heard the baby’s heartbeat at the doctor’s checkups in the previous weeks, it is highly likely that you will hear it in this week’s ultrasound imaging. This symptom is one of the first features to look for in a healthy pregnancy.
The organs of the digestive system continue to develop.
The development of the lungs, where your little one can breathe without being dependent on you, continues this week.
Support and Movement System
- When your baby reaches the 8th week, there is no bony structure in the skeletal system. All structures are still in the cartilage structure and will maintain this structure for a while.
- Fingers and toes begin to form this week. Complete separation of the fingers from each other occurs later.
- Muscle layers in your body begin to form. Insensible movements may begin.
- His ribs are more prominent this week.
- By the 8th week of pregnancy, the rectal structure begins to form, where the baby’s stool is collected and waited for a while before being expelled from the body.
- The kidneys, which had come a long way in the previous week, are now developed enough to produce urine.
- The intestines continue to develop.
Although you may be wondering about gender, the 8th week of pregnancy is still quite early to confirm the gender of your baby. Genital organs are not yet developed. There is no distinction between male and female organs.
Movements of 8 Week Baby
Your baby is lying on his back and in the C position this week. While the extensions of the body develop, involuntary movements also begin. At 8 weeks baby movements cannot be felt yet. It can only be viewed on ultrasound.
Sensory Organs and Developmental Characteristics of 8 Weeks Old Baby
His eyes, ears, mouth, and nose in his tiny body continue to grow this week.
At what stage is the 8-week-old baby’s development when it comes to sense organs, here’s what your little one has learned this week, step by step…
Eye and Sight
Even though your little one’s eyelids are stuck this week, they have almost completed their formation. It continues to grow in size. It closes the eyelids.
Ear and Hearing
Your baby’s auricle becomes more prominent. It continues to develop rapidly to be able to hear sounds.
Tongue and Taste
The development of the senses of taste continues. At the 8th week of pregnancy, her tiny lips become more prominent. Teeth and palate begin to form.
Nose and sense of smell
This week, the nose is more prominent. The tip of the nose is shaped. It is almost possible to distinguish your baby’s nose in ultrasound controls.
Skin and the Sense of Touch
This week, your baby’s skin forms and acquires a transparent appearance. It has a very thin structure. But it is still far from a normal skin structure.
Mother at 8th Week of Pregnancy
You are now a mother-to-be for 2 months and pregnancy should have started to make itself felt gradual. Although there has not been a serious change in physical appearance, your body is preparing for your baby and is changing rapidly.
If you are 8 weeks pregnant, let’s examine together what awaits you this week, what you should be prepared for.
What's Happening In Your Body?
Changes in skin structure:
Have you ever heard of the term ‘pregnancy beauty’? This period, when you are exposed to higher hormones than you have ever had in your life, brings with it some good developments. During these weeks, changes in the skin structure can be observed. You may notice that you have smoother, spotless-looking, and softer skin.
The main reason for this is the increased blood volume in addition to the increased hormones. More blood flow is provided under your skin and your skin gets a more lively appearance. In some pregnant women, this hormonal change can create an extra dryness or oiliness on the skin. In the following days, itching and acne may occur on the skin due to stretching.
One of the first symptoms that come to mind when pregnancy is mentioned is craving. Expectant mothers may have a separate craving for certain foods during these weeks.
Thickening in the waist area:
The growing uterus begins to occupy more space in the body, causing thickening, especially in the waist area. This thickening occurs anteriorly, posteriorly, and laterally. Most experts also believe that this change occurs in order to make it easier for the expectant mother to carry her baby during pregnancy.
One of the most annoying findings of the trimester is smell sensitivity. Your sensitivity to any odors such as food, perfume, cigarette, sweat, spice smell increases and it triggers nausea along with disgust. After the first 3 months, these complaints will decrease.
The rapid hormonal change you are experiencing can create serious headaches these days. In the 8th week of pregnancy, conditions such as insomnia and fatigue are added to this situation, causing an increase in headaches. But there is no need to worry. After a short time, the headaches will disappear on their own. However, if you are experiencing pain that negatively affects your daily life, you can consult your doctor and ask for an appropriate medication recommendation.
Your uterus, which is trying to keep up with the rapid development of your baby, goes into a rapid growth by going above its normal size during these weeks. In order to make room for your little one, contractions due to enlargement may occur in your uterine wall muscles and groin.
These symptoms are some of the changes that develop in the body of the expectant mother in the 8th week of pregnancy. Symptoms for the previous or next week may also appear on these days. However, it should not be forgotten that all these are general symptoms, and it should be known that everybody and every pregnancy is unique. For this reason, it is not the right behavior to compare yourself with other pregnant women in the same weeks.
E.g; While another pregnant woman does not have abdominal and groin pain, you may also have cravings and you may not have any cravings.
Tips to Minimize Troublesome Pregnancy Symptoms
The most disturbing symptoms of pregnancy occur during the first trimester. Especially 7-8. The serious increase in pregnancy hormone levels from the first week onwards can increase complaints and push pregnant women to seek solutions.
Practical advice for the mother at 8 weeks of pregnancy are;
- If you have an intense odor sensitivity problem, replace your personal cleaning and care products such as perfume, deodorant, shampoo with products with natural ingredients, odorless and fragrance-free.
- Ventilate your environment frequently. It will be useful for both your sensitivity to smells and your headache complaint.
- Avoid wearing tight and overly tight clothing. Choose comfortable clothes that do not squeeze your waist area.
- If you have a problem such as excessive dryness or excessive oiliness on your skin, do your daily skincare accordingly. Get help from your doctor for products with ingredients that will alleviate your lubrication problem. For dryness, you can use products and moisturizers to maintain moisture balance. You should also support your skin health from the inside by drinking plenty of water and consuming fresh vegetables and fruits.
- Avoid doing heavy activities. Avoid movements that will trigger your groin pain and do not lift heavy.
How Much Weight Should You Gain?
It is quite natural for women to gain weight during pregnancy. The uterus expands, the volume of fluid and blood in the body increases, the baby’s weight increases, your body experiences regional lubrication, and, of course, edema occurs. All of these are logical explanations for the weight you’ve gained. However, it is too early to talk about these reasons in the first trimester. Because your body has just begun to experience these changes.
Some pregnant women do not experience complaints such as nausea and vomiting in the 8th week. Instead, they may encounter a hunger in their appetite. This can lead to weight gain in the first months of pregnancy.
The weight range you need to gain for 8 weeks of pregnancy is about 1-2 kilos. Most expectant mothers may not gain this weight. However, if there is more weight gain than this in the first weeks, it is likely that there will be more weight gain in the later weeks of pregnancy. For this reason, weight control should be ensured by both exercising and applying for a balanced diet program.
Many expectant mothers begin to experience difficulties in feeding when nausea and vomiting complaints begin. Meals can be skipped or a uniform diet can be emphasized. However, the healthy development of your baby and your productive pregnancy will be possible with a sufficient, balanced, and healthy diet.
The recommendations for nutrition at 8 weeks of pregnancy are as follows;
- Eat foods with high nutritional value. Make sure that the food you eat is rich in nutrients and low in calories.
- Remember to drink at least 2.5-3 liters of water a day.
- Do not consume these products as much as possible. (Such as sweets, pastries, packaged and processed products, preserves, snacks, fries, sodas.)
- Try to eat 3 main meals and 3 snacks every day. Avoid prolonged starvation.
- Keep your portion size under control. Feed little and often.
- Limit caffeine consumption during these weeks. (Coffee, tea, and chocolate are high in caffeine.)
- Consume foods rich in iron, folic acid, and protein.
- During this period, take advantage of salty foods to relax your stomach.
These days when pregnancy symptoms increase, it will be very comforting and beneficial for the expectant mother to turn to exercise. However, the fear of the risk of miscarriage in the first months causes pregnant women to restrict their movements and keeps them away from sports. However, you can prepare your body and mind for the benefits of pregnancy by choosing the exercise movements that are suitable for you.
You can evaluate the following options as 8 weeks of pregnancy exercises and physical activities that can be done:
- pregnant pilates
- Light jogging and walking
- breathing exercises
- Relaxation and stretching movements
Not every exercise is suitable for every pregnant woman. For this reason, you should determine pregnancy exercises in consultation with your doctor or a specialist.
8th Week Pregnancy Checklist
We can list the things you need to do for the 8th week of pregnancy as follows:
- Avoid making sudden movements that force your body.
- Do not go to high places such as stairs and pay attention to keeping your balance while taking steps.
- When cleaning at home, be careful not to inhale the heavy chemical smell of cleaning materials.
- Get the tests and analyses requested by your doctor without delay. (Complete blood count, urine test and culture, toxoplasma, rubella, hepatitis tests, etc.)
- Pay attention to your fluid consumption and diet.
- Remember to take your daily folic acid.
With the 8th week of pregnancy, you have left 2 months behind and you are a little more used to the idea of being pregnant. Now you can enjoy this process by starting to make plans for your baby.
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