Pregnancy week by week



Week 8 of Pregnancy

Even if you don’t look pregnant, or feel any definite signs of pregnancy your uterus will be expanding to make space for your growing baby. You may find that your clothes are getting tight on you. Your breasts will feel heavy and are growing in size as well.

During pregnancy your hormones go into an overdrive. It not only affects you physically but also emotionally. It takes your body some time to adjust to these rapid changes. You may need to adjust in other ways too. At this stage your baby may be harmed by things you eat or drink, so you need to make some lifestyle changes. Taking extra care to keep yourself healthy and fit will increase your chances of having a healthy baby. Another important thing you can do is to make sure you take a folic acid supplement.

Your body

You may be battling with nausea and fatigue. There is no definite way of totally getting rid of nausea and morning sickness, but you can minimize their effects by eating small meals at frequent intervals. Refer to our section on symptoms of first trimester to get helpful tips. Even though you don’t look pregnant yet, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Your body is working extremely hard. Your breasts will start to swell to get ready for breast feeding.

Some women may experience cramping during the first trimester. These cramps are very mild and may continue for several weeks. Your body is making many changes to accommodate the baby so mild cramps are normal. However if you experience any unusual pain or severe cramping, you must consult your doctor immediately.

Your baby

By the end of this week, your baby is 22 to 24 mm in length. He is about the size of a large grape. He has a recognisable outline. The nostrils, lips and mouth are appearing and your baby’s eyes are developing underneath the skin. The upper lip is complete and the external ears form definitive elevations on either side of the head. Eyelids are forming on her face and nerve cells in the retina are beginning to develop. Ears are forming, internally and externally.

Your baby’s nervous system is developing rapidly, especially the spinal cord and brain. He is generating about a hundred thousand (100,000) new brain cells each minute. The head is getting bigger as the brain develops- much large in proportion to the rest of the body. All organs have started to form and are in the right position. The heart is completely formed. Your baby’s heart is beating fast and it will show up on a scan if you have one. The limb buds are growing quickly and look more like arms and legs. Your baby’s hands and feet now have five ridges on each, separated by narrow grooves, making them appear webbed. By this week, your baby has developed distinct elbows so that he can curve his arms around his chest.


Sleeping can become more difficult as the pregnancy progresses. It may be hard to find a comfortable position to sleep. Then to top it off, heartburn and frequent urge to wee can further disturb the sleep.

Purchase a body pillow to help you sleep on your side as this improves the blood circulation to the baby. Try not to eat large meals before you go to bed. Try going to bed earlier and practice relaxation breathing techniques to help you fall asleep.


1) What causes morning sickness?

There is no clear reason as to why nausea occurs during pregnancy. It is believed that this is due to hormonal changes that take place during the early pregnancy. As the body gets adjusted to these changes, the nausea eases off towards the end of first trimester.

However, if your nausea and vomiting is very severe, you may be suffering from a rare pregnancy complication, known as Hyperemesis gravidarum. You need to see your doctor if your symptoms are severe.



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