Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Understanding Week 8

The eighth week of pregnancy can be a roller coaster ride. With so many changes that take place in your life, your body and the baby also experience many changes. Here’s what goes on with you and the baby:

Your Baby

During the 8th week of pregnancy a number of significant changes occur in the baby’s development. The embryo is now at the end of the embryonic period. It is ready to start off with the fetal period. It begins to lose the embryonic tail too. Your little one is about an inch long and weighs close to 3 grams. The intestines of the baby grow longer and protrude into the umbilical cord. The facial features of baby come into focus. You can see the nose, ears, jaw line, mouth, and the teeth.

Your Body

The uterus increases in size. Breast size and blood volume are also increasing. The hormones are responsible for bringing these changes in the muscles and ligaments. The baby absorbs sugar, proteins, oxygen, and other nutrients through the placental wall. You may feel occasional cramping in your lower abdomen and sides. These cramps are normal and ensure good health and development of your baby.

Pregnancy Week 8 – Symptoms

Many women experience fatigue, nausea, vomiting and food cravings. One may even face aversions from certain foods. Other symptoms include flatulence, bloating, constipation, enhanced sense of smell, increased vaginal discharge, and even occasional headaches. Occasional faintness or dizziness are also common during 8th week of pregnancy.


In case, you haven’t already chosen a good obstetrician, do it soon.

Supplements for Week 8

You should take folic acid, iron and calcium supplements to ensure healthy growth of your child.

Common Tests for Week 8

The doctor will recommend ultrasonography, also known as ultrasound to detect a normal pregnancy.

Do’s and Don’ts

Strictly avoid going near the kitty litter. Cat faces may contain parasites that cause toxoplasmosis, an infection that is fairly harmless in grown-ups. However, these can cause many developmental problems in babies, especially if you were to contract it in the first trimester. You may even get infections from eating raw or undercooked meat.

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