The 8th Week of Pregnancy

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What to expect from the week 8 of pregnancy

The 8th week of pregnancy is a period of full awareness of the future motherhood. Externally, the “delicate condition” of a woman is not particularly shown to a stranger’s eye, but the child is already giving the mother signals about its existence. This is manifested in a number of signs that increase when the eighth week of pregnancy comes. The first to list are the symptoms that affect the diet of a woman and her well-being:

  • toxicosis accompanied by nausea or vomiting;
  • a strong desire to eat something here and now, regardless of the circumstances;
  • weakness and dizziness;
  • occasional uncomfortable pulling in the lower abdomen;
  • frequent urination;
  • mood swings.

These signs do not necessarily occur in every pregnant woman, so do not worry much. It all depends on the body of the future mother and on how quickly it can adapt to the rapidly changing hormonal background. Someone practically does not feel the changes, and someone, unfortunately, has a hard time during this period.

In any case, the best advice for a pregnant woman is to try to keep calm and remember that all difficulties are temporary, and the health of the baby is the most important thing.

Week 8 of a pregnancy is a period when a woman should take care of herself and avoid any stressful situations. At this time, fetal fetal development continues, entirely dependent on the health and mood of the mother.

Feelings of a woman at the 8th week of pregnancy

When the obstetric 8th week of pregnancy begins, the embryonic period of fetal development ends. The fetus, which since the time of fertilization is in the womb, is already a full human being. It manifests characteristic features: parts of the face and body begin to form, the internal organs are laid and the improvement of the nervous system continues.

The fetus at the 8th week can grow in size up to 20 mm. Together with the baby, the uterus also increases in size. Of course, it is still not large enough for mother to feel perturbations, however, a woman can fully feel internal changes.

Due to the growing uterus, there are occasionally weak pulling sensations in the abdomen, especially in its lower part. In addition, pressure on the parauterine internal organs increases. This raises a problem that almost all pregnant women face: increased urge to urinate and stomach disorders (constipation, heartburn, etc.).

Due to hormonal imbalance, which from the moment of conception continues to increase, there may be significant changes in the taste preferences of a woman, a complete lack of appetite or, on the contrary, a constant desire to eat something.

However, do not go too far in the wake of hormones. During this period, it is worthwhile to pay more attention to proper nutrition, not forgetting that the diet is shared by the mother and child. The menu requires: fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish with a low fat content, freshly squeezed natural juices. The right thing is to stop eating the semi-finished products.

Body temperature

Many future mothers are worried about the following topic: what is the normal body temperature during pregnancy? It has a good reason. The fact is that in most cases the temperature during a “delicate condition” can be above the established norm of 36.6 degrees. At the 8th week of pregnancy, this is also absolutely normal.

It will not be superfluous to know that the temperature of a woman’s body rises slightly before pregnancy. In all three phases of the menstrual cycle, including the luteal phase, when the corpus luteum forms on the place of the released egg, the temperature can reach 37 degrees. A slight jump during pregnancy is explained by the natural processes occurring in the woman’s body: global hormonal restructuring, intensive work of all internal organs, which now work for two. Thus, the temperature of a pregnant woman can rise to 37.5 degrees.

Of course, it is not a reason to be alarmed and panic, if it suddenly turns out that the body temperature deviates from the generally established norm. However, you shouldn’t completely ignore this fact. After all, sometimes the temperature jump can talk about infection in the body. In this case, the lack of timely measures to reduce it can lead to very serious consequences:

  • underdevelopment of the nervous system of the baby;
  • damage and hypertrophy of muscle tissue;
  • defects that appear on the face of the child (wolf palate, cleft lip);
  • fading or termination of pregnancy.

The temperature of the pregnant woman can rise to 37.5 degrees.

The future mother should remember that the intensive development of the fetus at the 8th week of pregnancy continues, this is time when the internal organs of the child are formed. Therefore, if the body begins to ache, weakness occurs, and the body temperature continues to rise, overcoming the threshold of 37.5 degrees, under no circumstances is it recommended to take independent measures to reduce it. You should know about the benefits and harms of some medical procedures during pregnancy:

  • wiping with cool water – one of the most effective methods in the fight against fever;
  • drinking plenty of fluids will help improve the painful condition and avoid dehydration;
  • soak feet in hot water and use antipyretic without a doctor’s prescription is absolutely unacceptable.

The best solution is to immediately seek qualified medical assistance.

Discharge at the eighth obstetric week

Mindfulness and the ability to notice the slightest change in the work of your body is the indispensable quality of a future mother. In the period of gestation, it is especially valuable, because it is often this observation that affects the safe course of pregnancy.

In the eighth obstetric week you should monitor the discharge especially careful.

If everything is normal, then usually the discharge is light.

In the event that the discharge became abundant, acquired a brown tinge with an admixture of mucus, pus or blood, you should contact a gynecologist immediately. These symptoms can talk about infection or the threat of miscarriage.

Abdominal pain and heaviness

Mild pain in the hip area and abdomen is not a cause for strong concern to the future mother. The reasons for this discomfort can be several:

  • the impact of the uterus, which has already increased in size, on the sciatic nerve;
  • false contractions – a consequence of hormonal adjustment;
  • disorders in the digestive system.

In the event that pain increases and additional disturbing symptoms appear, it is better to call an ambulance to your home.

The doctor will be able to accurately determine the source of the pain and the possible consequences.

Sex on the 8th week of pregnancy

Intimate life is another thing that the future parents are worried about. So, many are wondering: doesn’t the sex affect the prenatal development of the baby? Is it possible or is it better to wait? Doctors hold different points of view, but most of them assure that it is possible, if intimate life does not cause discomfort to the future mother.

In addition, there are a number of contraindications: if a woman has a multiple pregnancy or there is a threat of miscarriage, it is better not to risk and wait through the most unpredictable period of pregnancy – the first three months.

How the body of a woman changes

The belly at the 8th week of pregnancy is still not very prominent, only the future mommy can feel the changes in size. For example, during this period it will suddenly become inconvenient to wear tight-fitting pants, you will want to wear something more spacious. The mammary glands are preparing for future breastfeeding: the breast increases in size, the nipples swell, the veins under the skin become more pronounced. Gynecologists to wear special underwear for pregnant women recommend during this period.

Pregnancy affects the skin in different ways, it all depends on the individual hormonal background of each woman. For some, this period is a time of flowering and beauty: the skin becomes elastic and silky, the hair and nails are strengthened, the face looks fresh and rested. And someone, alas, will not remember the early stages of pregnancy fondly. For example, the skin can deteriorate with the appearance of acne or age spots, peeling and swelling may occur.

By the way, another unpleasant phenomenon that many pregnant women face is swelling of the legs. This happens because the blood circulation in the lower limbs is disturbed due to the rapid growth of the uterus, which squeezes the blood vessels. Swelling appears on the feet after a long walk or a long sitting in one place. The pregnant women are usually advised to wear compression underwear, rest lying down with their legs elevated.

Fetal development in the 8th week of pregnancy

In the middle of the first trimester of pregnancy, at the period of the eighth obstetric week, the embryo is already becoming a fetus. Its length is fifteen to twenty millimeters, and the weight is three grams. For clarity, the fetus during this period of pregnancy can be compared with a small bean.

The fetus is still very actively developing, improving all its organs and tissues. Bone tissue becomes harder, stronger. The future joints are shaped – bends of knees, elbows, shoulders, ankles appear, and wrists are formed.

The ovaries develop in girls, and the testis develops in boys.

However, at this time it is unlikely to reveal the sex of the unborn child in an ultrasound study.

Now the nose, fingers and toes have become apparent. The inner and outer ear of the fetus are formed and actively develop. With ultrasound examination, you can see the upper and lower jaw. The eyelids will soon be functioning and already visible on the face.

The tongue of the baby has the formed taste buds on its surface.

In the heart of the baby, where four cameras have already become apparent, future valves are growing and actively developing. As a rule, until the seventh-eighth week the body of the unborn child is bent. Now the body of the fetus is slowly straightening.

The lower and upper limbs, torso, head are already formed, grow and strengthen. The tail disappears completely. The neck is actively formed and along with it the airway from the throat to the future lungs.

The baby is getting stronger and “built” by leaps and bounds.

Required studies and analyzes

Passing the necessary tests during pregnancy is a guarantee of peace, both for the mother and for the observing doctor. Therefore, at week 8, the gynecologist must send the future mother to a series of medical examinations: a complete blood count, a stool test, a urinalysis, a test for HIV and the definition of the Rh factor, for hCG.

After reviewing the results, the gynecologist will be able to reliably tell you how the pregnancy proceeds. The blood test is especially informative: if an increased or decreased blood cell level is present, the doctor prescribes a treatment to normalize the condition of the pregnant woman.’

Ultrasound on the 8th week of pregnancy

Non-invasive ultrasound research is the most reliable way to find out how the fetus is developing in the womb. If you look at the photo at the 8th week of pregnancy, it will be easy to guess that the future baby is just a crumb, small berry-sized.

If only a few weeks ago it was an embryo, now the fetus is 20 mm in size and takes on human shapes. So, what are the main features of the development of the fetus can be found by making an ultrasound:

  • heartbeat is well heard – 150 beats per minute;
  • fetus weight – 3 grams;
  • fingers appear on the hands, which can be clenched and unclenched;
  • the respiratory and nervous systems are actively developing;
  • the stomach produces gastric juice, the salivary and endocrine glands are laid, liver gall ducts are formed;
  • urinary system develops, urine begins to stand out;
  • boys have testicles, girls have ovaries;
  • taste buds appear in the tongue, olfactory receptors in the nose, the chewing muscles are laid;
  • the optic nerve appears.

Ultrasound and photos will help to learn about the state of not only the baby, but also its “home”. At week 8, the uterus is about the size of an orange, the bag of fetus reaches 30 mm, the amount of fetal fluid continues to grow — about 2 table spoons a day. This is quite enough for a comfortable growth and development of the child.

Recommendations for the expectant mothers

On the eighth obstetric week of pregnancy, we strongly recommend expectant mothers to abandon the negative factors that can harm the healthy development of the fetus, such as:

  • active and passive smoking;
  • use of alcoholic beverages;
  • physical activity over moderate;
  • conflict situations in the family or at work that can cause stress or neurosis;
  • taking medication without consulting your gynecologist;
  • X-ray exposure.

Each of these factors in particular, and all of them together, can greatly increase the likelihood of having a baby with any physiological pathology.

In addition, pregnant women are advised to avoid any possibility of catching a cold or to get an acute respiratory viral infection.

Do not go to crowded places during flu outbreaks, wash your hands after returning home, do not contact possible carriers of the virus.

Be sure to air the room you are in. Walk in the fresh air at least an hour a day. Swimming, yoga, walking are permissible and advisable. Moderate exercise should become a daily ritual. In addition to the physiological indications for them, playing sports or gymnastics (gently) contribute to the positive attitude of the future mother.

Do not worry over nothing. Spend your leisure time so that you get enough positive and life-affirming emotions and feelings.

Tune in for the best!

Diet of the future mother at the 8th week of pregnancy

At week 8 of pregnancy, the expectant mother should continue to be attentive and demanding to her menu. Breakfast can consist of protein and dairy products. For example, boiled egg, cheese, yogurt or cottage cheese, boiled fish or stew. If you have early toxicosis, eat your morning food in a reclining posture, and the food should be solid.

Making up a diet for herself, a pregnant woman should completely rely on her appetite and her preferences. You need to eat in small portions every 2-3 hours. At one meal, you can eat one thing, don’t allow mixing of products. Give preference to natural products:

  • vegetable salads;
  • corn;
  • beans;
  • nuts;
  • fruits;
  • natural juices.

Avoid heavy foods:

  • mushrooms;
  • smoked meat;
  • spicy dishes.

Mineral water, compote of dried fruits, cranberry juice will help prevent dehydration of the body and stock up on vitamins.

The little one that slowly grows inside you is no longer an embryo, but a fetus. It feeds exclusively through the placenta, so at this stage of pregnancy it is very important that you begin to follow a healthy and balanced diet that will be beneficial for you and the baby.

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