Week 8

Your baby is developing at an amazing rate!

Your Growing Baby

  • By the end of your second month of pregnancy, your baby is about the size of a kidney bean and is approximately 14 to 20 mm long.

  • Eyelid folds and ears are forming.
  • Your baby's eyes are still very wide apart on the sides of his/her head, but will eventually center themselves out.
  • The ears, upper lip, and tip of the nose become recognizable.
  • On ultrasound, you can see that the aortic and pulmonary valves of the heart are present. As your baby's heart becomes more fully developed, it will pump at approximately 150 beats a minute, which is about twice the usual adult rate.

  • The tubes that lead from the throat to lungs are branching, and your baby's torso is getting longer and beginning to straighten out.
  • Just a few weeks ago, your baby's arms were tiny buds. Now the elbows are present and the arms and legs extend forward and have grown longer.
  • Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet.

  • Nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways.
  • The gonads (testes or ovaries) are forming, but the external genitals still have not developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl.
  • Your baby is constantly moving and shifting, though you still cannot feel it!
  • Cartilage and bones begin to form.
  • The tongue begins to develop.
  • The intestines grow so long that they start protruding into the umbilical cord.
  • Teeth develop under the gums.
  • Nerve fibers connect the olfactory lobe of the brain, laying groundwork for the sense of smell.


Your Changing Body


Your Place for well being, before, during, & after your pregnancy
  • If this is your first pregnancy you will probably not be able to feel or notice that you have a baby "lump".  If this is not your first pregnancy, you may be able to feel your enlarged uterus when lying down, and your pants may be getting a little snug.

Before you were pregnant, your uterus was about the size of a pear.

By 8 weeks your uterus has grown to the size of a grapefruit



Your body is undergoing many changes, you are growing a person! below are some symptoms you may be experiencing:

  • Breast tenderness:  This is due to rising levels of hormones that cause breast growth and other tissue changes, in preparation for lactation.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fatigue:  This is another symptom that you can blame on hormones!  A rise in progesterone can contribute to the fatigue you are feeling. 
  • Frequent urination:  Even in the early weeks of pregnancy, your growing uterus is putting pressure directly on your bladder.  This symptom will subside during your second trimester, then during your third trimester it will return thanks to the pressure from your baby's head! (or presenting part).
  • Cramping or pain in your lower abdomen or side:  Not all women experience this pain, which is caused by your growing uterus.  If you experience cramping/pain accompanied with bleeding, you need to call your health care provider.
  • Leg cramps: It is not known why some women get leg cramps during pregnancy, however some experts believe that inadequate levels of calcium in your diet can lead to leg cramps, as well as decreased circulation to your legs.
  • Nasal stuffiness: Some women experience nasal stuffiness during pregnancy, a condition called "rhinitis of pregnancy".  This may be caused by a combination of changing hormones and an increase in your blood volume, which leads to inflammation.
  • Bleeding gums:  Swollen, tender gums that bleed when you floss or brush are a common complaint during pregnancy. They're caused by higher progesterone levels, which make your gums react more to the bacteria in plaque, and by an increased blood supply to your mouth. This so-called pregnancy gingivitis affects about half of pregnant women (Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy, babycenter.com)