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Weeks 4-8: Pregnancy Symptoms And Your Baby’s Development

by Jamuna Rawat

Missed your periods? Got your pregnancy test as positive? Congratulations you are a mother now. Your little one is growing in your uterus. You might be excited and your feelings might be beyond the words. You are in 4 weeks of pregnancy now. If you have done the pregnancy test at home, you have to get an appointment for your first prenatal check up. Doctor will make you to do the urine and blood test to confirm the pregnancy. You may have to start some vitamin supplements and folic acid tablets which are important for your baby’s growth and development.

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This article is going to cover the following objects:

  • Pregnancy symptoms at 8 weeks pregnant
  1. Morning sickness
  2. Fatigue
  3. Sore breasts
  4. Pregnancy cramps
  5. Constipation
  6. Spotting
  7. Mood swings
  8. Increase tendency of urination
  9. Vaginal discharge
  10. Heart burn
  • 8 week pregnant belly and baby development
  • Ultrasound at 8th week of pregnancy
  • Precautions and tips at 8th week of pregnancy

Things To Do This Week For A Healthy Pregnancy:

At this stage your baby is so small like a group of cells. Doctors call your baby as blastocyst.

At 8 weeks of pregnancy or in the second month, you may actually start to feel some pregnancy symptoms. Like most of women, this is the stage you are going to have your first ultrasound. The most important and exciting part is that you are going to see your baby and hear the sound of heart beat. How nice it would be?

Pregnancy Symptoms At 8 Weeks Pregnant:

As we all know every mother and child is different and the symptoms also will differ from one person to other. But almost 80% of the women going through this stage may have similar symptoms. They are;

·         Morning Sickness

In your second month you may have nausea because of the hormonal changes in your body. Some women may develop strong sense of smell also which will trigger nausea. You might have experienced some times you may not like the smell of curry or any other food items which was your favorite before pregnancy. Don’t worry, it is a very common symptom and you have to stay hydrated. You can have fruit juices and tender coconut water to tackle with this situation. Some person will get relief by adding ginger in their daily diet. Morning sickness is just a name, you can experience this any time. Whenever you are feeling comfort you should eat smaller quantities of healthy food frequently. If you are suffering from severe morning sickness then it is better to get medical advice.

·         Fatigue

Fatigue is again a result of hormonal change. During the pregnancy period there will be a fluctuation in your hormone levels and your blood volume will increase. Because of these changes, your level of blood pressure and sugar may vary and you feel tired most of the time. All these are necessary for your baby’s development.  The solution for this situation is to get adequate sleep and rest.

·         Sore Breasts

Sore breast is common for most of the women in pregnancy stage. You may feel it bigger and heavier than normal. It is because your body is preparing your breast for breastfeeding for your baby.

·         Pregnancy Cramps

Pregnancy cramp is normal at the second month of pregnancy. It is due to the stretching and expansion of your abdomen and uterus. If the cramp is severe you should consult your doctor without delay.

·         Constipation

About 50% of the pregnant women suffer from constipation during their pregnancy. If you have this problem, there are ample of solution for this. Drink more water. Hydrate yourself is the first and most important thing to handle this situation. Include fibre rich vegetables and fruits in your daily diet. Green leafy vegetables, apple, orange, banana etc are some of the easily available and effective remedies for constipation. Simple exercise like walking also will help to improve the digestion and give relief from this problem.

·         Spotting

Spotting is an alert alarm in your second month of pregnancy. It may be a sign of miscarriage. If you find bleeding or losing tissue at this stage, you should immediately get a medical help.

Other symptoms are

·         Mood swings

·         Increase tendency of urination

·         Vaginal discharge

·         Heart burn

8 Week Pregnant Belly And Baby Development:

At 8 weeks of pregnancy your belly size may be little bigger but not much as every mother and child is different. If you are carrying twins then it will be easy to find that you are pregnant at this stage. But if you have a single baby then it may be difficult to tell whether you are pregnant or not simple through observation. Anyway healthy weight gain is very important in this stage. You might have increase 1.5 to 3 kg in this stage.

When it comes to development of baby in your womb, most of the internal and external organs are begin to develop. Tiny arms, legs, fingers, sex organs, eyes, eye lids etc have formed and he has transformed from blastocyst to foetus. Your baby exactly looks like human being and he is about 1.6 cm long and 0.04 ounce in weight.

Ultrasound At 8th Week Of Pregnancy:

 8th week or 2nd month is the time when you might have your first ultrasound scan. During your scan doctors confirm the number of embryos, proper development of your baby and calculate the gestational age and due date. Doctors will also check the heart rate of your baby. So it is very important to get this scan done. Along with that you can see your baby for the first time and you can hear the rhythmic sound of heart beat also. Surely it will be an awesome experience.

Precautions And Tips At 8th Week Of Pregnancy:

In this week your baby has started to grow rapidly about 1mm a day and your amniotic fluid in the uterus will start to increase. So it is very important to take care of your body as well as you have to make slight changes in your lifestyle. Once you confirm your pregnancy, you have to quit smoking and drinking as it may severely affect your baby’s development. You have to start mild exercises and follow healthy and balanced diet. Along with that you should go for health check-up which will help to know your health condition as well as your baby’s growth and development.

Things To Do This Week For A Healthy Pregnancy:

If you have not consulted a doctor, it is the correct time to do your first prenatal check-up. At that time your doctor will ask you to get the urine sample test and blood test to confirm your pregnancy. Most probable, he will prescribe vitamin supplements and folic acid tablets. You may also have to do an ultrasound scan to check the baby’s growth and development. If you were going to gym or yoga, you can ask the doctor about continuation of the same or you have to change your regular exercise pattern. Walking is the most simple and effective exercise you can do without any doubt. You have to do these things in the initial stage itself to avoid any further complication in future. Once the scan and other tests come normal, it is in your hand to follow healthy eating habits and keep yourself hygiene. The other important thing is to have sex. Consult with your doctor about that and get guidance because you may have spotting after sex. If you are diabetic, extra care should be taken during your pregnancy and have to discuss your health conditions with your doctor. You can even get help from a nutrition expert prepare a diet chart that will keep you fit and strong in the pregnancy. 

Above all these things, mental health is also very important. During the pregnancy period, stay positive and happy. Try to avoid situations or persons, which can create negative impact on your mind set. Listen to your favorite music, reading motivational and good books, meditation and prayer will help you to keep mentally strong and happy. A mentally and physically healthy mother only can give birth to a healthy baby.

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