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8 Weeks Pregnant: Week by Week Pregnancy

Symptoms, Tips and Fetal Development


There are some big changes in store for you when you're 8 weeks pregnant. Here's what you can expect.

Your Body at Eight Weeks Pregnant

When you're pregnant at eight weeks, you won't be showing at all, but your uterus has actually doubled in size. It's pressing directly against your bladder, which is why you're probably making so many trips to the restroom. This symptom will continue for the next few weeks and then you'll get some much needed relief.

Many women find that morning sickness is one of the worst symptoms at 8 weeks pregnant. If you haven't been hit by morning sickness yet, you're in luck! However, if you're suffering from morning sickness, heartburn or indigestion, small portions may help these symptoms subside.

If your symptoms at eight weeks pregnant have you feeling extra emotional, getting enough rest, spending time with a friend and exercising lightly can help you feel better. Here are some easy ways to make sure you're getting enough rest.

Your Baby at Eight Weeks

When you're pregnant at eight weeks, it's already decided whether you're having a boy or a girl. The sex of your baby was determined at the moment of conception, but it will be about 10 more weeks before you're able to determine what you're having via an ultrasound.

Your baby at eight weeks pregnant is just about an inch long and even has very tiny fingers and toes. Her skin is paper-thin and her little heart is beating about 160 beats a minute. Pigment is also starting to develop with the retinas of her eyes and they may even look open. However, this is just because the eyelids haven't fused -- the eyes won't actually open until about week 26 of pregnancy.

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Weekly development of a human fetus at 8 weeks pregnant.

Your baby's starting to move around, but because she's so small, you won't actually feel these movements for a few more weeks.

What to Consider When You're Eight Weeks Pregnant

Although many women rush to call their healthcare provider the moment they find out they're pregnant, it's not unusual if you haven't seen your doctor or midwife yet when you're pregnant at 8 weeks. Now's a good time to call to set up your first appointment, however. If you haven't started taking prenatal vitamins, you should also ask your healthcare provider which one he or she recommends.

Now is not the time to diet! Instead, focus on eating healthily throughout your pregnancy so that your baby receives the best possible nutrition.

This is a good time to think about when to tell your employer that you're pregnant. Many women choose to wait until the second trimester, but this depends greatly on your relationship with your boss and your office atmosphere.

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