Pregnancy: Week 8

8 Weeks Pregnant

What to expect at 8 weeks pregnant? Week 8 comes with a myriad of changes as well, even more exciting than the previous week. You’re already two months pregnant, and have just another seven until your little one is born.

The baby measures already two centimeters long, nearly double as compared to week 7, and has graduated from red bean-sized to grape-sized, everything in less than seven days! The rate of growth is about one millimeter every day — which is amazingly fast!

Pregnancy Symptoms at 8 Weeks

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What to Expect:

  • Although you’re already two months pregnant, and your womb is twice as big as normally, you still don’t have a visible bump yet. The growing baby is pressing on your bladder, making you pee a lot more often than usually. Get used to it, because he will continue to grow at a great deal during the next few months!
  • Exhaustion and fatigue have probably overwhelmed you at this point, so you need a lot of rest and sleep to stay healthy — and sane. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about whether or not it’s okay to take the next months off, and get a break for both you and your baby.
  • When you're 8 weeks pregnant, you’re probably having a hard time keeping anything down due to morning sickness. You’re likely waking up feeling severely nauseated and vomiting, and unless it’s about a cup of tea, eating has probably become a chore.
  • During week 8 of pregnancy, your figure has changed pretty much. Your breasts have grown larger, and your waistline is expanding as well since the womb if getting bigger. You’ll probably need to pack away your favorite skinny jeans, and get yourself a few pairs of comfy yoga pants. Also, a bigger bra with better support for the breasts is also a great idea.

Your Baby at 8 Weeks

How big is a baby at 8 weeks? This week,  fetus’s hands and feet are starting to develop tiny fingers (you’ll love kissing and tickling those once your little one is born!). His eyelids almost cover his eyes, and — good news! — his tail is almost gone. Breathing tubes extend from his throat to his developing lungs, and nerve cells are connecting, thus forming primitive neural pathways.

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At this point, the amniotic fluid increases by two tablespoons a week, and the baby is getting nutrients from the yolk sac rather than the placenta, which is to develop over the next few weeks. The color pigment of your little one’s eyes is starting to develop as well, but the eyes won’t be completely open until around week 26. The external genitals haven’t developed yet, so it’s not possible to tell the gender yet. Even though you can’t feel it yet, the baby is making lots of spontaneous movements in your womb, which will become more noticeable as he/she grows.

Ultrasound Images of 8 Week Pregnancy

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Pregnancy week 8 ultrasound photos
Baby at 8 weeks pregnancy ultrasound image
Pregnancy week 8 fetus

Bellies at 8 Weeks

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Pregnancy week 8 belly pictures
Pregnancy week 8 belly photo
Pregnancy week 8 with twins belly

Pregnancy Tips

  • Since your breasts are getting bigger, you may want to invest in a new, larger bra that provides better support to them. This will also soothe the discomfort as well. Don’t be surprised if you go up a cup size or two — hormonal changes prepare your breasts for lactation, so it’s normal, and nothing to be ashamed of.
  • You may feel a little sluggish due to fatigue, so get proper rest and take a nap when possible. If you want to amp up energy levels, take a walk every day and you’ll feel reinvigorated. Also, wear comfy pants that don’t put any pressure on your tummy, or you’ll end up with even more frequent trips to the bathroom!