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8 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

8 Weeks Pregnant

8 Weeks Pregnant
8 Weeks Pregnant

Your Baby at 8 Weeks

At 8 weeks pregnant, the baby has a racing heartbeat and is starting to develop facial features, fingers and toes. (You might be getting ready for your 8 week ultrasound, if you have one scheduled.)

How Big is Baby at 8 Weeks?

Your baby is 0.63 inches and weighs 0.04 ounce. That’s the size of a bike spoke bead (or a raspberry if you’re measuring your baby based on a fruit). They are still an embryo, and not a fetus yet, but they’re growing quickly at about a millimeter per week.

Baby’s Development at 8 Weeks Pregnant

  • Heartbeat: Their heart is beating 150 to 170 times per minute, about double the rate of yours. You’ll probably be able to hear and/or see it on an ultrasound at your 8-week doctor’s appointment.

  • Facial features: The lips, nose and eyelids are developing and becoming more distinct.

  • Fingers and toes: Your baby’s fingers and toes are developing too; they’re webbed for now. Oh, and their tail is almost gone.

  • Baby’s sex: It’s too early to tell baby’s sex since the organs haven’t developed enough yet. You will be able to find out over the next few weeks if you’re getting non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). If you aren’t, you’ll probably be able to see baby’s boy or girl parts at the mid-pregnancy ultrasound around 20 weeks pregnant. (Baby just has to cooperate! 😉)

Pregnant with Twins?

At 8 weeks pregnant with twins, you have likely found out by now that there are two heartbeats in there. Your healthcare provider will help steer you on the best path for your pregnancy.

8 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

In a week or two, you will probably have your first pregnancy ultrasound. Though you won’t be able to see much this early in pregnancy, your OB or ultrasound tech will measure the baby to confirm your estimated due date and get a reading of their heart rate.

8 weeks pregnant ultrasound

Photo by Tommy’s

8 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?

If you’re 8 weeks pregnant, you are two months pregnant! Seven months left to go.

8 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Cramping, spotting and bleeding? All normal 8 weeks pregnant symptoms. These are caused by increases in hormones that help you have a healthy pregnancy.

  • Morning sickness: Thanks to pregnancy hormones flooding your system, your prime focus right now might be getting through the day without puking. (More on that below.)

  • Heightened sense of smell: Ew, what’s the smell? You might get turned off by smells you previously loved or barely even noticed before (chicken roasting, your coworker’s perfume, that person three floors down who just lit a cigarette…), and that can contribute to food aversions and nausea. Best advice is to try to avoid the smells that make you sick for now. This symptom should ease up in the second trimester.

  • Cramping: Mild cramping can happen as your uterus expands, stretching your muscles and ligaments. Gas and constipation cause also cause cramp-like sensations. For minor cramps, try sitting or lying down, changing positions, taking a warm bath and drinking extra water to relieve this pregnancy symptom. Cramping that’s painful warrants an immediate call to the doc, since it could be a sign of a pregnancy complication or UTI.

  • Acne breakouts: Those pregnancy hormones can also cause acne to breakout. Your skin may start producing extra sebum (its natural oil), which can clog pores. Many acne medications and creams—both prescription and OTC ones—are off limits when you’re pregnant, so clear anything with your doctor before taking or applying it. Some common active ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide, haven’t been fully studied and may only be approved by your doc if necessary and only in limited amounts or for a short period of time.

  • Mucus plug: You can’t see or feel it, but the mucus on your cervix is starting to form your cervical plug, which protects your uterus from bacteria. When your body gets ready for labor and the cervix starts to dilate, your mucus plug will likely come out (just a little gross), a sign that baby will make their debut soon.

  • Spotting: This is very common 8 weeks pregnant symptom. Whether caused by implantation or just an irritated cervix, spotting during pregnancy shouldn’t worry you. Remember: spotting is different than bleeding at 8 weeks pregnant. Spotting is just a few drops of blood, but bleeding is when you really need a panty liner or a pad. Make sure to call your doctor if you have bleeding.

  • Pregnancy dreams: Not dreams of pregnancy, but strange dreams during pregnancy. This is a very common pregnancy symptom at 8 weeks. Try to enjoy these strange and vivid dreams.

  • Constipation: Dreaming of a good clean out? Constipation may hang around for most of your pregnancy. The hormone relaxin is helping relax all of your muscles, and that can slow down your intestines, too. What can you do? Up your fiber, drink lots of water, stay active. If it gets really bad, try some Metamucil, which is generally safe for pregnant women.

No pregnancy symptoms at 8 weeks? That’s perfectly normal, too. Hold tight and enjoy the ride for now.

Partner Tip

It’s normal for pregnancy to affect partners in different ways—both physically and emotionally. Talk over your feelings and worries, and be open to your partners’ being different from your own. Remember to respect each other, empathize and show your love.

8 Weeks Pregnant with a Real Mom

Fun Fact

Odor making you nauseous? A pregnant woman’s sense of smell is almost as acute as that of a dog.

Your 8 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Showing is a possibility with an 8 week pregnant belly bump, but unlikely! When you start to show depends on a number of factors, including whether or not you’ve been pregnant before.

Chances are, though, you probably don’t look pregnant to anyone else—but you know that your pants fit more snugly than they used to. This early in the game, it might not be that pregnant belly that’s causing that; it might just be bloating and weight gain. Just remember, weight gain is a good thing right now!

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Tip for 8 Weeks Pregnant

To calm morning sickness, eat smaller snacks throughout the day rather than larger meals.

How to Survive Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness 8 weeks pregnant symptoms

One of the first clear signs of pregnancy, “morning sickness” is like a hangover without the fun night before, or a churning seasickness while you’re at your desk or lying in bed.

What is morning sickness?

Morning sickness describes the nausea and vomiting that happens during pregnancy, though it can be misleading because morning sickness can happen any time of day.

When does morning sickness usually start?

For most women, the pregnancy symptoms start around 5 weeks pregnant or 6 weeks pregnant, reaching a peak around week nine. Meaning, you’re probably in the thick of it now.

Check out about when it goes away, home remedies and medication for morning sickness in our guide.


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Week 8 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Odors making you want to hurl? Swap out soaps for unscented versions, and wash your clothes often (with unscented detergent, of course).
  • Give yourself permission to take a nap and/or go to bed early.
  • Go to your first prenatal appointment (probably this week or close to it).
  • Talk to your partner about ways they can support you as you get through the first trimester (and beyond!).
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