So, you are 8 weeks pregnant and you are unsure what to expect, you don’t have to worry because you will find a lot of help, including this short read. This is still a little too early, especially for first time moms; there are still a lot of uncertainties. This is usually the time when most expectant moms visit their doctors since this is around this stage that the pregnancy can be said as a “sure thing” already.
All about You
You will notice changes in your body during this time, like your waistline begins growing, though it isn’t that obvious yet, but you will feel the changes. This is because your uterus begins to grow as the baby grows; however, the little baby inside you is just about the size of a grape fruit.
Your breasts begin to grow more as it becomes more sensitive since they are preparing for lactation. While this may not happen with other pregnant women, your areolas might darken due to hormonal changes. A yellowish discharge, called the colostrums, begin to come out of the nipples.
Varicose veins might form around the breasts and leg areas due to the increase in blood supply. You might also experience cramps and/or pain around the stomach area due to your growing uterus.
While manifestations and physical changes vary from woman to woman, the following are some of the most common pregnancy “symptoms” when you are 8 weeks pregnant:
Extreme tiredness and fatigue
It is common for pregnant women to get tired easily due to the changes in hormones and the fact that there is a growing child inside.
This may last for weeks. Some people say that eating foods with ginger can help ease the symptoms. You shouldn’t take your prenatal vitamin on an empty stomach.
Unusual food cravings and aversions
If you begin to look for unusual foods, some doctors say that it can be a deficiency in vitamins, like iron, so it is important that you see your doctor when this manifests.
The pregnancy hormones can make you “swell” as your metabolism slows down. Counter the feeling of being bloated by drinking more water and following a strict and healthy diet.
This comes with bloating and constipation. The hormones, relaxin and progesterone work together to relax the muscles in the body, causing indigestion and gassiness.
You will need to eat more fiber during pregnancy as this will help fight off the slowing down in the digestive process which can cause flatulence and constipation. Add more fiber into your daily diet.
Increased sensitivity to smell
Most expectant moms experience heightened sense of smell when they are 8 weeks pregnant. You might stay away from the kitchen for a while or cook dishes that you can stand to eat; because sometimes, even if you didn’t do the cooking, you might become sensitive enough to smell through the foods.
Occasional headaches, faintness, and dizziness
Headaches are often caused by the changes in hormone levels, plus the stress and hunger that you will feel at this stage of pregnancy. Dizziness also occurs because of the increased blood circulation.
What Happens to the Baby Inside You?
During this stage, your baby begins to grow. The baby is about ½ of an inch long. Tiny fingers and toes begin to develop. The arms and the legs begin to form. The wrists, elbows, and ankles become visible. Looking through the ultrasound images, eyelids begin to form, so do the ears, lips, and nose.
The baby’s heart beats at about 150 times a minute, which is twice as much as you do. The baby begins to move inside your uterus, though you won’t be able to feel the movements yet.
Important Tips to Keep in Mind
As your body begins to change, you also need to make a few changes in your diet and physical activities. Your doctor can give you a few tips on what to eat and what physical activities you should engage in. The following information will be helpful:
Limit intake of sugar-rich drinks, like sodas. Limit coffee-intake to just 2 cups a day, if you cannot totally stop drinking caffeine. Increase water-intake to keep you hydrated and to avoid constipation and indigestion.
Essential nutrients are what you and your growing baby needs. Add fish into your meals, because you’ll need omega-3 fatty acids, which help in brain development. However, king mackerel and swordfish should be avoided because of the high levels of mercury these fishes contain.
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables as they contain all essential vitamins and minerals you need.
Avoid refrigerated or ready to eat foods. Processed meat might also cause some nutritional problems.
Avoid drinking raw or unpasteurized milk as this may contain listeria that can cause infections.
Reduce alcohol-intake to prevent the risks of birth defects. Smoking should also be avoided.
Physical activities should be safe for you and for the baby.
Consult your doctor before you engage in any form of exercise routines, particularly the vigorous and intense types.
You may begin walk or jog around the neighborhood. This will aid in proper blood circulation. This is also good for your cardio health. Being active while you are 8 weeks pregnant is important so as to lessen the feeling of extreme tiredness each time.
Should you get sick with the common colds, cough, or flu, you should consult with your doctor first before taking over-the-counter medications. While some medications may be labeled as safe for pregnant women, it is still wiser to get prescription from your doctor.
Exposure to certain chemicals and fumes is generally safe but you should still consult your physician before you begin painting projects for your baby’s nursery.
Sauna and hot tubs might not be good for you and for the baby during this time so you should limit going until after you give birth.
A lot of changes happen around this stage of the pregnancy, it is important that you are aware of them so that you can deal with them accordingly.