A complete information guide on pregnancy week 8.
Your baby who was sized like blueberry till last week has now grown up to the size of a raspberry. Isn’t it a feeling of goodness that your baby growing week by week?
As the baby grows week by week, the curiosity to know about your fetal development, your change in moods and symptoms and what to do and what not also grows.
So, in this information guide, we will provide you with the complete information on the 8th-week pregnancy in which is equal to 2 months of pregnancy. Come, let us know and understand. Fetal Development
The fetus is growing rapidly with every passage of weeks. Your baby has developed his or her webbed fingers and toes. The tail which was there until the 7th week is now almost gone turning into the spinal cord. The size of an embryo will be 1mm. This week the retina of the eyes will also develop its pigment. The baby’s brain is moving ahead with the development by connecting nerve cells.
A surprising fact to know is the baby’s heartbeat rate is between 150 to 170 times per minute which is near to double yours.
Your doctor may advise you to go for your first prenatal ultrasound and followed by several blood tests, urine tests and the first dose of vaccinations like Tetanus and Flu (typically during the Flu season – November to March).
Moods & Symptoms
Your life as well as your body is changing and will go on changing throughout your pregnancy. Each day and week will bring a change in your mood and will show you different symptoms to support your pregnancy.
Here are the few common symptoms to look out for.
1.Morning Sickness - This is the most common symptom of pregnancy in the first trimester. Almost every woman complains about this morning sickness which makes them physically weak and sick. You may have vomiting, nausea, and headache. This symptom typically goes off by the end of the 14th week of pregnancy. Remember, to cope up with morning sickness you should never skip any of your meals and do take proper rest. Eat in small quantities but at frequent intervals. This morning sickness happens due to the pregnancy hormones which get increased to support your full-term pregnancy.
2. Vaginal discharge – You may have a white and milky coloured discharge from your vagina, which is known as Leukorrhea in medical terms. If so, then please do not worry about it. This discharge is healthy of bacteria which is important to protect your internal organs from getting infected with any infection.
3. Fatigue – Fatigue is the reason for the growing embryo which needs more blood and results in low blood pressure. This is the most common and also a repetitive symptom of pregnancy. You will feel tired quickly and will also feel sleepy by and of then, but this is an absolutely normal and healthy sign.
4. Every smell feels high to you nowadays. Previously this particular smell has never bothered you, but now it has started catching your attention and making you more sensitive.
5. Sore Breasts – This symptom is a good sign as sore breasts are the reason for rising levels of milk-producing hormones which starts to expand and getting ready for breastfeeding.
Do’s & Don’ts
Pregnancy is a good time to play it safe. Excitement is good but an experiment is not okay in pregnancy. So you have to be very careful about diet, your daily routine, your workout sessions, etc.
Apart from living a healthy lifestyle, it is also important to eat a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet. Eat fruits, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and energetic and most importantly, leave stress behind and do not exert yourself and take proper rest. You can practice Yoga or squats which are good for your abdomen and also gives you flexibility during labour.
Moreover, do not take any over-the-counter (OTC) medicine, as each and every medicine is not safe during pregnancy. So it is better to consult your doctor before consuming it.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Which activities should be avoided during pregnancy?
Ans: The following activities should be avoided during pregnancy as they are considered to be risky.
Sports of high risk or bumps.
Any particular exercise is making you too tired. It is always good that you should be able to talk without much stress while doing exercise.
Following any unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, and chewing tobacco are always considered to be NOT GOOD. You can talk to your doctor to know how you can quit these habits completely.
Hot baths or hot compression on your tummy is not good for your baby. So, it is better to avoid it.
If you are having pets at home then special care and attention are needed as their presence can also lead to several infections during pregnancy, especially cats.
Consumption of OTC medicines without consulting with your doctor should be avoided.
Sun Bathing – if you are exposing yourself under the sun, always remember to apply sunscreen to protect yourself and your baby from harmful UV rays.
Scuba diving – Decompression stress is attached to scuba diving. Hence it is prohibited for pregnant ladies.
Amusement park rides – certain stops and starts of rides may not be good for your baby.
Therefore, to enjoy your pregnancy think about fun and creative ways to celebrate but be careful and alert.
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