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8 weeks pregnant

If you are 8 weeks pregnant, the embryo starts moving. However, you do not yet feel this: it is only as small as a blueberry! You can already suffer from morning sickness. This week you probably also have the first appointment with your midwife.



  • 56 to 62 days pregnant
  • in your second month
  • in the first trimester

Your baby in week 8 of your pregnancy

If you are 8 weeks pregnant, the embryo starts moving. The movements are still minimal and you cannot feel them yet, but they can already be signaled on an echo . Enjoy that you don’t feel anything yet, because in a few months your little powerhouse will start kicking . A special and beautiful feeling, but sometimes it can hurt a bit.

In week 8 of your pregnancy, the head of the embryo grows at a dizzying pace and is huge compared to the rest of the body: almost half the total length! And that’s not for nothing, because 100 brain cells are produced every minute. Your little Einstein is getting smarter by the minute.

You in week 8 of your pregnancy

You may find it harder and harder to close your pants and your bra seems to break apart. You probably don’t have a beautiful, big pregnant belly yet , although it may already be visible. Slowly your body is now also changing on the outside. The embryo may be small, but your womb is now about the size of a softball. Not so strange that the last button of your pants works against it.

The pregnancy symptoms can still get worse by the day. Morning sickness in particular is an ailment that can bother you a lot during this period. Some pregnant women are constantly extremely nauseous and often have to vomit, while others are not bothered by anything. As long as you can still eat something and you don’t lose much weight, you don’t have to worry. Maybe these tips help against nausea . Are you keeping anything in and are you losing weight ? Then it is wise to contact your doctor or midwife. If you are not bothered by anything, count your blessings: this is just fine and means nothing negative for your pregnancy.

What do you know about maternity care?

It seems to be early, but it is advisable to read in advance about your wishes and the possibilities with regard to maternity care. In this way you are assured of good care after delivery. Curious about the situation with maternity care in your region and the costs in 2019?

Tip for 8 weeks pregnant

As soon as you know you are pregnant, you can make an appointment with an obstetrician . The first appointment usually takes place around week 8 of your pregnancy. During this visit, the midwife often sets your calculated date again and measures your blood pressure . Blood is also usually collected for research into various risks and to determine your blood type.

The midwife will ask many questions to gain insight into which counseling will best suit your pregnancy in the coming months. Since there are also questions about and to your partner, it is useful if they go along.

Bonus tip: Point out your partner on the ‘ arrange in the first trimester ‘ checklist , so that he / she is aware of necessary investigations and what can be arranged in this phase.

Tips for You This Week

Handle headaches

Along with your expanding belly may come new aches and pains above the neck. Your blood volume will increase by just under 50 percent, which — along with those pregnancy hormones — may spur headaches.

Got one? Talk to your doc about trading aspirin and ibuprofen for baby-safer acetaminophen.Start doing squats

It may be a good idea to add squats to your exercise mix. Doing them strengthens and tones your thighs; during labor, they can help baby descend. Hold the position for 10 to 30 seconds and repeat five times.Slather on the SPF

Out, out damned spot! For many women, hormone surges in pregnancy can cause melasma, or dark spots on the skin and face. That means your skin, freckles and moles may look darker and there’s probably a dark line down the center of your abdomen called the linea nigra. Your areolas could be a deeper shade, too.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone — this condition affects 50 to 75 percent of expectant mothers. You may be able to avoid melasma, however, by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen with SPF 30 to 50 when outside.Keep track of your weight

Gaining gradually doesn’t mean you’ll gain evenly throughout your 40 weeks. But there is a pattern you should aim for. In your first trimester, you probably won’t gain more than 2 or 4 pounds; and if you’re suffering from morning sickness, you might not gain at all.

As you head into the second trimester and then into your third, your weight gain should pick up speed — though not too much speed! Plan to put on an average of a pound or so each week during months 4 through 8, or about 20 to 28 pounds.

The weekly gains will vary, of course, and as long as they average out to about a pound apiece, you’re on target.

Once you’ve reached the homestretch in month 9, your baby’s gain will continue with gusto, while yours will likely slow down significantly; you’ll probably tally up a ninth-month total of about 2 to 3 pounds and might even lose in the days before delivery.Ease into exercise

If you haven’t worked out in a while, don’t start out with a bang. Overdoing it can lead to injury, nausea, overheating and just plain exhaustion — plus, it’ll make you more likely to quit when you’re just getting started.

Right now, ease into exercise. Begin with 10 minutes of a gentle warm-up, followed by five minutes of moderate exercise and a five-minute cooldown. Then increase the moderate segment by five minutes every week until you hit the recommended 150 minutes of exercise.Eat foods you can stomach

Dealing with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy isn’t easy — but it’s especially hard when you’re anxious to start feeding yourself and your baby well.

Don’t worry. As challenged as your tender first-trimester appetite is right now, it’s still up to the challenge of filling your baby’s nutritional needs (since she’s just a little bigger than a pea right now, those needs are pretty tiny, too).

In the meantime, if big meals are a big turnoff, eat at least six smaller but nutrient-packed mini-meals and snacks throughout the day. Not only will the mini-meals be easier for your queasy stomach to…um…stomach, but keeping your tummy a little bit filled is the best way to keep it from emptying out.

Right now, focus on foods you find less offensive — even if it’s crackers, crackers and more crackers. Choose a healthy option whenever your stomach doesn’t protest — make those crackers whole grain — and serve them up with a slice of mild cheddar. And don’t forget to tap into the soothing power of ginger!Choose healthy carbs

Has the word “carb” become a four-letter one in your diet plan? Redefine it by choosing healthy complex carbohydrates that nourish your baby and fuel your energy needs.

Here’s a list of healthy carb options that reads like the roster of a nutritional all-star team: fresh fruits; dried and freeze-dried fruits; fresh vegetables; whole-grain breads, crackers and cereals; baked potatoes (with skins on); dried beans and peas.