8 Weeks Pregnant | 8 Week Ultrasound | 8 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

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The little embryo is now a fetus and the gestational age is 6 weeks. Congratulations on being 8 weeks pregnant! Let's find out what's up with your baby and yourself:

Baby Development:

Your baby is now in kidney bean size

week 8 baby development

The size of baby at 8 weeks is that of a kidney bean, measuring around 11 to 14 millimetres. Tiny arms and legs, webbed fingers and toes, bones, and muscles have sprouted. The 8-week fetus has distinct facial features now. The intestines are extended into the umbilical cord because there is no space in the baby's abdomen. An 8-week old baby has an incredible heart rate of 150 to 170 times per minute. 8 weeks pregnant ultrasound is too early to determine the sex of the baby. In some cases, the doctor might recommend 8-week ultrasound to detect:

  • Bleeding
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • To check the size of your embryo
  • To confirm the baby's heartbeat
  • To examine the health of your ovaries and fallopian tubes
  • To rule out an ectopic pregnancy or other problems
  • However, the 8-week scan is usually too early and one wouldn't need it.

Body Changes

You might have put on some weight but your 8 weeks pregnant belly isn't showing many changes from the outside. You would have to wait until around week 12 to see external changes. Your uterus is growing and pressing against your bladder to accommodate your baby at 8 weeks. There is an increased blood supply to your breasts as your body is preparing them for lactation.

Find your due date/Calculating your due date:

Unless you've been tracking your ovulation, for a health practitioner to exactly know when you ovulated and conceived is hard to say. Most women ovulate about two weeks after the first day of their period. So, to calculate a standard timing, most health practitioners calculate the due date from the first day of your last menstrual period.

Due Date Calculator

8 weeks pregnant symptoms:

Your womb is around the size of a lemon. A surge in pregnancy hormones can cause emotional stress or irritability. So don't be hard on yourself during this stage. Other 8 weeks pregnant signs:

Pregnancy SymptomsHere are a few number of common symptoms a woman may notice throughout her Pregnancy Symptoms Week 4.
  1. Sore or tender breasts
  2. Fatigue
  3. Morning sickness
  4. Weight gain
  5. Nausea
  6. Heartburn
  7. Frequent urination
  8. Difficulty sleeping
  9. Constipation
  10. Mild cramps
  11. Strange dreams
  12. Excess saliva
  13. Bloating

Tips for You This Week

You can support your body to prepare for pregnancy by following the tips below:

Go to bed early or take small naps in the day to manage the fatigue. Have ginger teas or ginger lollies to get relief from nausea. Avoid smells that trigger nausea or headache. Weight gain or weight loss is common for women during pregnancy. Manage weight concerns with a healthy diet.

    Avoid:

  1. heavy lifting or carrying
  2. Standing or sitting for a prolonged duration without breaks
  3. Being exposed to toxic substances
  4. Long working hours

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