Your Pregnancy: Week 8

Pregnancy week by week: You are eight weeks pregnant


Your Body

Since your baby feeds on your blood supply and your reproductive organs have enlarged, your body requires more blood flow — the volume will increase up to 50 percent by the time you give birth. This additional burden on your circulation makes you the ideal candidate for varicose and spider veins and hemorrhoids. Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles around the anus and improve circulation near the rectum. Exercise every day, refrain from standing and sitting for extended periods, when resting elevate your legs and feet and if seated don’t don't cross your or ankles or legs.

The last week of the second month of your pregnancy can play havoc on your appetite. Don’t worry if you can’t consume the extra 300 calories needed daily. Weight loss, common in the first three months, doesn’t harm baby — its minimal nutritional needs are being met — or mother. If you continue to struggle with nausea and vomiting, snacking on crackers will raise blood sugar levels and boost your energy. Ginger, an anti-emetic, is also an effective treatment and can be found in teas, cookies and lollipops.

While you shouldn’t abandon your normal activity, consult with your physician before starting to exercise. Take a cue from your increased heart rate and slack off a bit at the gym. A fit pregnancy provides you with stamina for labour but don’t overexert yourself and become short of breath. The hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin) hormone can cause you to overheat quickly. Do a proper warm up and cool down, take regular breaks and drink from your water bottle.

Pregnancy hormones increase vaginal discharge. The milky secretions protect the birth canal from infection. Don’t overwash this area in the shower, wear cotton underpants and pantyliners, if you need to.

Baby’s World

She’s about the size of a raspberry, measuring 28 mm. (1.1 in.) from crown to rump. Her teeny tail is gone and her rounded head makes her appear more human. Her limbs are longer and her body is gradually straightening, her flexed wrists and hands sit over her heart, cartilage and bone have begun to form, and she’s developing taste buds. Her inner and outer ears are taking shape (having moved up from their original spots on her head) and her nose protrudes. Her intestines will relocate from the umbilical cord to her abdomen. Her frequent movements and gentle shifts are still imperceptible to mom.

Fun Fact

Baby is growing a millimetre a day, and her eyelids remain sealed until the 27th week.

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