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Your pregnancy at Week 8

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Your Baby at Week 8 #

Here's looking at you!
Though you won't see your baby's eyes for a while, the retinas have begun to form.

Blue or pink?
Gender development is in progress, but it's too soon for your doctor to determine the sex of your baby.

All systems go
By the end of the week, all the essential organs and body systems have begun to develop.

Your Body at Week 8 #

Morning sickness
Your uterus has grown to the size of a large grapefruit, and morning sickness may be affecting you. Nausea and vomiting can occur throughout the day due to increased hormone levels.

Eating fruit during pregnancy
Fruits provide essential vitamins and nutrients for both you and your baby. They can also serve as substitutes for vegetables during times of aversions and nausea.

Pregnancy Symptoms in Week 8 #

Pregnancy is hard work, and fatigue can be common. Asking for help from your partner, family, and friends can be beneficial during this time.

Nausea and vomiting
Morning sickness may continue this week. Eating foods with ginger and taking prenatal vitamins during dinner may help alleviate symptoms.

Increased vaginal discharge
Estrogen stimulates the body's mucous membranes, leading to a thin, milky vaginal discharge called leukorrhea.

Bloating and gas
Relaxin and progesterone can cause muscles in your gastrointestinal tract to relax, leading to indigestion and gassiness.

Adding fiber to your meals can help with constipation. Pace yourself if you're not used to a fiber-rich diet.

Food cravings and aversions
Cravings for non-food substances, such as clay or laundry starch, may indicate a nutritional deficiency.

Things to Take Care in Week 8 #

Get a handle on headaches
Increased blood volume and pregnancy hormones may cause headaches. Talk to your doctor about safe alternatives to aspirin and ibuprofen.

Start a baby registry (or two)
Consider starting a baby registry to prepare for your baby's arrival, including big-ticket items and everyday essentials.

Slather on the SPF
Hormone surges in pregnancy can cause dark spots on the skin and face. Protect your skin with sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.

Keep track of your weight
Weight gain during pregnancy is gradual. In the first trimester, you may not gain much weight, especially if experiencing morning sickness.

Ease into exercise
Start with gentle exercise and gradually increase activity to meet recommended weekly exercise goals.

Try eating mini-meals
Eat nutrient-packed mini-meals and snacks throughout the day if big meals are challenging due to nausea.

Choose healthy carbs
Opt for healthy complex carbohydrates, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans, to nourish your baby and provide energy.