8 Weeks Pregnant
You can’t feel it yet, but at week 8 of your pregnancy your baby is constantly moving and is already the size of a kidney bean.
During week 8, webbed fingers and toes are forming. The tail of the embryo is just about gone. The breathing tubes in the throat are developing and your little kidney bean is moving right along!
Eight Week of Pregnancy
Amazing things never stop! In addition to tiny fingers and toes, the lungs, ears, upper lip, nose and eyes are continuing to form. Brainwave activity is beginning and your baby is starting to move. Another fun fact is that your baby’s tiny taste buds are forming.
It’s still too early to determine the sex, the external genitals haven’t formed enough yet but that doesn’t stop you from daydreaming about whether you’re having a boy or a girl.
How You Are Changing
Your bra may beginning to get a little tight. You may want to go bra shopping as you will need a larger size and a bra that has better support. Breasts grow and other tissues change due to rising hormone levels. Your body is preparing itself for lactation. You may go a couple of cup sizes.
You may feel fatigue and sluggishness. Hormone levels will cause this, as will any nausea and vomiting you experience. Frequent trips to the bathroom, especially during the night, may keep you from getting a good nights sleep.
Your First Prenatal Visit
During your first prenatal visit, your health care provider will likely go over a lot of information with you. They will check your urine, blood pressure and weight.
There are several optional tests you can take to determine whether your baby has certain conditions. Be sure that your healthcare professional explains what the tests are, how it is done and what the results will reveal. Here are some of the options during your first trimester:
- First-Trimester Screening – this includes a simple blood test and an NT (nuchal translucency) test. The scan is done between weeks 11-13, while the blood test can be done earlier. It is not diagnostic, but it does give you the odds of your baby have Down syndrome and a few other conditions. It may help you decide if you want to have further tests done.
- NIPT – this stands for a noninvasive prenatal testing. This is another type of blood test that checks for a few more chromosomal conditions at week 10 or later. It is generally used for women that have a risk of having a baby with a chromosomal condition.
- CVS – this stands for chorionic villus sampling. This is a diagnostic test and involves the collecting of cells from the placenta that are sent off to a lab for a genetic analysis. There are hundreds of types of chromosomal conditions and genetic disorders that this test can detect. It is typically done during weeks 10-12.
In addition to your first visit, make sure you keep up with exercise, personal hygiene and good eating habits. There are certain activities which are not safe like getting in a hot tub, bumper cars, and anything that increases your risk of falling or abdominal trauma.