How do you feel when you’re 8 weeks pregnant? Here are some answers to all your questions about Pregnancy in Week 8.
Your Baby in Week 8
Stop worrying about the tail-like structure of your baby. It is gone!
You can stop worrying about the tail-like structure your baby possessed up until a week ago, because as of this week, it is almost completely gone. But note that the tailbone is the only thing that your baby has waved goodbye to. You are well into your second month of pregnancy. Your little baby has surpassed the embryonic stage and has now progressed to a foetus. Your baby is growing approximately about 1 millimetre per day but when we talk about growth, it is not just limited to size. Growth is happening in various other parts of your baby’s body too.
It will take a few more weeks for the placenta to fully form, so as of now the baby is getting all its nutrients from the yolk sac. In the previous week, your baby had developed hands and feet. This week marks another significant change in this front. Your baby has now developed fingers although they look rather meshed together right now and will continue to do so for a few more weeks. If last week saw the first of your baby’s eyelids, this week now shows the beginning of colour pigmentation in the eyes. However, the eyelids cover most of the eyes and your baby will not be able to open them until the 25th week or so.
At week 6 we spoke about how your baby’s heart was beating twice as fast as yours, at week 8, things look pretty much the same as it is now beating 160 times in a minute. While your baby’s skin is wafer-thin now, other developments come in the form of lungs. The developing lungs will now grow branches that connect with the breathing tubes extending from the baby’s throat. Nerve cells are shooting out of your little one’s brain, connecting to each other and these form primitive neutral pathways. Although you will not be able to feel it, your tiny little baby is already squirming about inside your womb. Exciting news, right?
Week 8 Symptoms
‘Leukorrhea’ (the whitish-discharge) is good for you. It is slightly thicker than the discharge that occurs in between periods and mostly is quite odourless. Leukorrhea makes sure there is a balance of bacteria in the vagina and keeps the infections away from the birth canal. If it gets uncomfortable, opt for thin sanitary pads or panty liners.
Some other symptoms
Along with raging hormones, increased blood volume gives way to frequent headaches during pregnancy. There are other reasons for head ache such as fatigue, mood swings, nose congestion, increased appetite etc. Relax and stay away from stress.
The increasing size of your uterus is encroaching upon the space of your colon and all organs related to bowel movements. However, you can take solace in the fact that your little baby is happily snug, oblivious to what is happening around.
As the muscles are relaxed, your digestion slows down though this is to ensure the nutrients are reaching your baby. Slower digestion also means more gas. So, there you have it. Focus on diet and exercise should keep you relaxed.
Your Body in Week 8
Fighting symptoms like feeling sick etc!
Right now, you are probably wondering who coined the term ‘morning sickness’ when you are actually feeling sick through the day! Hang in there, by week 12-14 you are going to feel a lot better.
Do you think working from home will help you now, with all that sickness through the day? Or, do you need few days off work? Though many women hesitate to share the news with the rest of the world in the first few weeks, there is absolutely no harm in letting your colleagues know.
Remember, you need all the support you can get, both at work and home. Apart from focusing on healthy diet, you need to adequate rest, just as your body demands. You may feel exhausted by evenings, so it is a good idea to let your partner/family help you with some household chores as required.
More other symptoms on the way!
Along with nausea and morning sickness, you have probably started experiencing other symptoms as well. One of the symptoms being the whitish-coloured discharge that stains your underwear. You may also feel quite gassy and we know how you must be irked by this! But remember, your baby is in a happy place and is quite safe inside.
By week 8, you will not be able to judge the size of your womb just by looking at it, but it is already grown twice in size. The more it grows, the more there is going to be pressure on your bladder. You know what this means. More trips to the ladies’ room. It is quite common to see some amount of bleeding in the initial weeks, however do keep your doctor informed of the same. You may experience occasional headaches thanks to the increasing blood volume.