Pregnancy Calendar Week 8
YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK:WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 8
Your baby keeps growing bigger every day, but she’s still quite small inside you at the size of a raspberry. This wee,k your little one’s face and lungs are developing along with her fingers and toes. Something that’s growing: your breasts. You may have even gained a full cup size, so your bra may be feeling a little snug now.
At 8 weeks pregnant, all of those hormone-related symptoms are in full swing with some new ones on the scene that are quite unpleasant and likely causing you some pain:
Heartburn and Indigestion
Very common, very uncomfortable—pregnancy heartburn and indigestion is caused (once again) by your hormones. Your body is making more estrogen and progesterone, causing the smooth muscle in your body to relax, including your gastrointestinal tract. And that leads to the tummy troubles you’re likely struggling with now.But, some of these symptoms may actually be caused by what you eat and wear. Here’s what you can do to help relieve any heartburn, bloating, belching and stomach pains you’re experiencing:
- Eat small meals frequently throughout the day.
- Eat slowly and enjoy your meals.
- Avoid greasy, fatty and spicy foods.
- Drink water all day long and avoid caffeinated drinks.
- Try to avoid lying down right after you eat.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Feeling like you need to get a bigger bra this week? Your hormones are continuing to increase the blood flow and build-up of fat in your breasts, so you probably do. Although bigger, heavier, swollen breasts aren’t fun, take heart that your body is getting ready for the baby-bonding task of breastfeeding once your little one arrives.When heading out to find a more comfortable bra, keep in mind that your breasts will likely continue to grow throughout your pregnancy. You may go up a cup size or two, particularly if this is your first baby.
In the 8th week of pregnancy, your little one is busy growing in your womb at a rate of about a millimeter every day with many growth spurts taking place.
Your Baby’s Facial Features Are Becoming More Defined
Your baby is starting to look more baby-like this week! Here’s a close-up view: Her thin eyelids are nearly covering her eyes. The tip of her tiny button nose is visible. Her ears are growing, and her upper lip is taking shape.
Your Baby’s Fingers and Toes Are Growing
Your baby’s hands and feet now have cute little webbed fingers and toes. And, although you can’t feel it yet, her ever-elongating arms and legs are busy waving and kicking around inside you.
Your Baby’s Lungs Are Beginning to Form.Your baby now has breathing tubes that extend from her throat to the branches of her developing lungs. Your baby can’t breathe yet, but her lung tissues will be steadily building as she gets ready to let out that first cry when she’s born, which will kick-start the breathing in her lungs.
Diet and Exercise Tips You Should Follow
To keep you and your baby healthy, follow these tips in week 8:
Avoid Raw Meat, Eggs and Dairy
Eating raw or undercooked animal products puts you and your baby at an increased risk for food poisoning. So, be sure to skip foods like raw fish, undercooked eggs and unpasteurized milk that may harbor harmful pathogens. It’s dangerous for you and, if you were to get sick from food contaminated with E. coli, for instance, pregnancy complications like miscarriage can result.
Continue Light to Moderate Cardiovascular Exercise.
By now, we hope you’ve started one of the best cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women: Walking. If you haven’t yet, make this the week you start walking 30-40 minutes each day.
Things You Should Do
- Buy organic produce and dairy when possible.
- Pack healthy snacks when you’re on the go.
- Confirm any prescription drugs you’re taking are safe during pregnancy.
Words You Should Know
Amniocentesis: A pre-birth diagnostic procedure during which a long needle takes amniotic fluid from within the uterus. The fluid is used for various genetic and diagnostic tests.
Fetus: An unborn offspring at a stage when all the structural features have formed (after eight weeks of development).
Genetics: Branch of biology concerned with heredity, especially the mechanisms of hereditary transmission and the variation of inherited traits among similar or related organisms.
Organic Food: Food grown or raised without use of additives, synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, hormones), radiation or genetic manipulation.