When you have been pregnant for 8 weeks, you are on the verge of completing two-thirds of your first trimester. You may still not be able to flaunt your baby bump at this point, but you will make your first visit to the obstetrician and gynaecologist. An ultrasound scan may also be recommended to determine the progress of your pregnancy. You will be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time during the ultrasound scan!
Your Baby’s Growth During Pregnancy – Week 8
There has been a substantial amount of progress since week 7 in your baby. The baby is growing almost at a rate of 1mm per day. The formation of bones, spinal cord and intestine have begun too. Around this time, the retina starts to develop its pigment. The embryo looks more defined, and you can see where your baby’s limbs will be. Your baby would have also begun to develop a nose, lips and eyelids. The little protrusion in the spine or the tail is almost lost by week 8. Your baby’s heart rate is 150 to 170 times per minute.
What Is The Baby’s Size?
Your baby is still very tiny by week eight but rapid development and growth are happening with each passing day. When you are eight weeks pregnant, baby size is almost two centimetres long. The skin at this stage is still very transparent. Various internal and external organs begin to form too.
Common Body Changes
Your body changes during pregnancy, and you may notice following changes in your body by this time:
- Your breasts are growing and preparing for lactation.
- Your uterus is growing and pressing against your bladder, resulting in frequent urination.
- Your growing uterus may also cause cramping around your abdominal area.
- Increased blood supply to your breast results in varicose veins. Your areola may become darker than usual because the hormones oestrogen and progesterone cause an increase in pigmentation.
- The nipples become prominent and may secrete high-octane milk which is also called colostrum.