8th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes


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As you step into week 8, you are still at the mercy of hormones which have increased your sense of smell, your bust size, and have compelled you to run to empty your bladder quite often; sometimes also making you want to throw up almost everything.

By now, the mood swings may have come down a bit, however, it differs from woman to woman. If you are one those women who do not coast through their pregnancies as though they were on a luxury cruise, you are not going to be a happy woman dealing with these bodily changes taking place. The only comfort for you must be that these symptoms are a proof that you are going to be mommy soon, and fortunately they do not have any adverse effects on your baby.

Changes in your Body When 8 Weeks Pregnant:

You may start feeling the pressure and a tightness around your lower abdomen during the eighth week as the uterus is fast growing to accommodate all the needs of your baby. The uterus will be at present pressing against your bladder, wh

ich makes you urinate often. It may also cause a cramping pain in your abdomen which may scare you initially. In addition, your breasts are growing and getting ready for lactation, though your baby is just the size of raspberry at this stage. Most women increase a cup size or two during their first pregnancy. Do not panic if you see dark veins known as varicose veins show on the skin of your breasts. This happens as a result of increased blood supply to the arteries of your breasts.

You can see the change in the skin color of the areolas as well, which darken due to increased blood circulation. The nipples and small glands on the areola become quite prominent and may begin to secrete colostrums – a yellowish thick substance which is also referred to as ‘high octane milk’.

8 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Signs:

The list of symptoms you may experience in the 8th week of pregnancy may go as below:

  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Frequent urination
  • Growth and changes visible in your breasts
  • Cramping pain in lower abdomen
  • Food craving and food aversions
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heartburn
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Flatulence and bloating
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Anaemia

We have discussed in detail some of the symptoms occurring during week 6 and 7. Let us look into some more 8 weeks pregnancy symptoms.

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1. Anaemia:

  • A type of anaemia that occurs only in pregnancy, known as physiologic anaemia is considered normal; it’s not really a true anaemia in the traditional way. Even if it’s normal, the symptom cannot be ignored.
  • The cause of anaemia during pregnancy is the increase in blood plasma volume in the expectant mother’s body. Often, the RBCs (Red Blood Cells) fail to keep up with the increase which leads to the dilution effect in the blood. This sends signals to the brain that you are anaemic, which in turn responds by making you feel tired. Taking the prescribed vitamin supplements can help you cope with this.

2. Constipation:

  • The intestines lose their motility during pregnancy due to the hormonal changes taking place in your body. The faecal matter will not be pushed through the intestines as effectively as it was being done before. The water in the stools gets reabsorbed in the intestines and it becomes hard and dry making its movements more difficult. The feeling of constipations sets in causing making you very uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can tackle this problem head-on if you take in enough fluids and fibre.

3. Headaches:

  • Headaches are a common feature of first trimester of pregnancy. Women who have had problems with migraines before pregnancy may find them flaring up often. Find out the causes which are triggering your headache. It could be disturbed sleep, not taking in enough water or being on a wrong diet that could lead to headaches. Do not use over the counter medicines without consulting your doctor.

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4. Increased Vaginal Discharge:

  • The hormonal changes taking place in your body involves your reproductive organs; hence it is not unusual for you to have increased vaginal discharge during pregnancy. It is important to find out whether the discharge is only due to pregnancy and not some infection. Precaution should be taken when you see any of the following signs of infection in the vaginal discharge-
  • Pain
  • Irritation
  • Foul odour
  • Presence of blood
  • Itchiness
  • If you do not have some or any of the symptoms mentioned above, do not worry. The occurrence of the symptoms varies from woman to woman; what’s more, some women barely feel the effects of pregnancy.