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Week of gestation: 8 weeks
Equals to month: end of 2nd month
Equals to days: 50 to 56 days of gestation
The 8th week of pregnancy is marked by the beginning of the formation of arms and legs, as well as the baby's facial features, such as eyes, lips, nose and ears.
During this week, the woman's body also undergoes new changes, with the size of the uterus becoming twice the size of when the woman was not pregnant, and it is possible to notice that the belly is starting to grow, as the pants are tighter in the belly region. In addition, it is normal for women to feel tired and more sensitive to smells, increasing the feeling of nausea.
By the 8th week of pregnancy, the buds on the baby's arms and legs are getting longer, and the fingers and toes continue to develop. The little tail the baby had is slowly disappearing.
At this stage, it is already possible to identify the eyes, nose and lips, and the baby begins to move, however, it is normal to feel the movement only after 18 weeks of gestation.
In addition, the neck and torso begin to straighten and the hands are closer to the body, allowing the baby to touch your chest.
An 8 week old baby has its heart separated into 4 distinct chambers, starting to look like a normal heart, and beating about 150 times per minute.
The size of a baby at 8 weeks gestation is about 13 millimeters, which is the size of a raspberry.
Changes in a woman's body
At 8 weeks pregnant, it is normal for pregnant women to feel tired and more sensitive to smells, and can get sick easily. In addition, the skin can be more oily, causing the appearance of acne.
The uterus grows to twice its normal size and clothing begins to tighten as the belly is increasing in size.
Due to the increase in the hormones progesterone, estrogens and HCG, the breasts become more sensitive and increase in size.
Still due to hormonal changes, it is common that, in the 8th week of pregnancy, the nipples, areolas, groin and armpits start to get darker than the rest of the woman's skin. Check out 6 main breast changes during pregnancy.
Care during the 8th week
In the 8th week of pregnancy, it is important that the pregnant woman takes some care in her daily life to relieve some types of discomfort that may arise:
- Feeling of tiredness: you should rest throughout the day and consume foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges and guava, which increase energy, decreasing the feeling of tiredness. tiredness;
- Sensitivity to strong smells: it is important to avoid contact with strong smells, such as perfume, the smell of gasoline or cleaning products;
- Frequent nausea: It is advised to eat every 2 to 3 hours, preferably cold and iced foods such as ice cream, yogurt or crackers. See 5 natural ways to relieve morning sickness.
- Acne: wash your face with water and mild or mild soap twice a day and keep your skin hydrated with creams recommended by the dermatologist;
- Breast Enlargement: It is advised to wear a pregnancy bra to support the breasts.
In addition, it is recommended that pregnant women have a he althy and balanced diet, avoiding the consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco, since these substances can cause malformations in the baby.
At this stage of pregnancy, it is normal for there to be a decrease in the levels of hemoglobin in the blood and an increase in the need for iron, which can cause anemia. To prevent or treat anemia, it is important to consume iron-rich foods such as meat, beans, spinach and kale. In some cases, the doctor may also recommend iron supplementation to keep iron levels in a better balance. Learn how to treat anemia in pregnancy.
What are the 8th week exams
At the 8th week of pregnancy, the doctor may do an ultrasound to confirm that the baby is indeed in the womb, and that the woman is pregnant with just one baby or with twins.
Although it is still not possible to find out if the baby is a boy or a girl by ultrasound, it is possible to do a blood test, known as fetal sexing, which allows you to know the baby's gender starting this week. Understand better what fetal sexing is and when to do it.