Week 8 of Pregnancy: Looking Like a Baby
At a length of about half an inch right now, your baby has graduated from blueberry-sized to raspberry-sized. Baby is growing in your womb about a millimeter each day, and is looking a lot less reptilian and more baby-like, as lips, nose and eyelids take shape.
How's your baby measuring up this week? At a length of about half an inch right now, your baby has graduated from blueberry-sized to raspberry-sized. But weekly growth is getting a bit hard to estimate, and here's why: Growth occurs at about the rate of one millimeter each day, but that growth isn't necessarily just in height. Spurts can occur in the arms, legs, back, and other parts of your baby's body. So, big changes will be occurring every which way in the coming months.
What else is changing at 8 weeks pregnant? A close-up view of your little embryo (say cheese!) would reveal a more baby-like appearance (and thankfully, a less reptilian one). You'd see an upper lip forming, the protruding tip of that cute button nose, and tiny (and very thin) eyelids. And check out those hands and feet! Your baby's webbed fingers and toes are differentiating now, so give your baby a round of applause.
All this growing is exciting for your baby too. How do you know? His or her heart is beating at the incredible rate of 150 times per minute. (That's twice as fast as your heart beats.) Your baby's digs are growing, too. Amniotic fluid increases at a rate of about two tablespoons per week to accommodate your womb's growing tenant.
Size of baby: still about 1/2 and inch in length, although more similar to the size of a raspberry at this point!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: at my doctor appt I learned that I am actually ten pounds lighter than I was before I got pregnant, so yea!
Maternity Clothes: none... just rockin' my regular clothes.
Gender: Too early to tell :)
Movement: None yet, of course.
Sleep: Pretty much all I want to do! Ive been sleeping alot more than usual, but I wake up often so I never really feel totally rested.
What I miss: Being able to take stuff like ibuprofin if I have a headache or other medicines if I need them. Feeling awake and refreshed. Ability to focus.
What I'm Looking Forward to: the second trimester when the yucky stuff like extreme fatigue and morning sickness subsides.
Cravings: Chocolate Nesquick, Grilled Cheese with Tomatoes.
Symptoms: Fatigue, all day sickness, ligament pain and headaches.
Best Moment this Week: Going to our first appointment and scheduling our ultrasound! :)
This week has been a bit rough, caught a cold and its just hard to be anything but perfectly healthy when you are pregnant. Luckily that is subsiding now and the only less than good feelings are just symptoms of the pregnancy and however miserable they make me feel, it just means that yes, I am pregnant and things are turning out how they should be. Symptoms are a good thing!