How does the baby grow?
Baby’s hands and feet are developing. The eyelids almost cover babies’ eyes. The breathing tube extends from the baby’s throat to branches of developing lung, and the “tail” of the baby is gradually disappearing. In the brain, nerve cells are branched out to connect with each other, forming the primary nervous system. Some moms might dream of knowing the gender of the baby, but the genitals haven’t grown out enough to reveal the gender of the baby. At this time, the baby’s size is similar to the size of a kidney bean – constantly moving and changing, even though moms haven’t felt it yet.
Changes occurring in the mother’s body during the 8th week of pregnancy
Moms may notice that the bra is becoming increasingly tight, and soon moms will need a larger size. Increased hormone levels cause breast growth and other tissue changes preparing for later breastfeeding. The breasts can continue to grow throughout pregnancy. Don’t be surprised if the breast size increases by one or two sizes, especially if this is the bearing of the first child.
This week, moms tend to feel more tired. Hormonal changes, especially an increase in progesterone levels, are the main factor making moms tired. Continous nausea and vomiting will definitely affect moms’ health condition. Many may have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, especially if moms feel uncomfortable or need to wake up to urinate often.
Activities mom should do this week
Moms should take 15-20 minutes to walk every day. Walking will help moms feel less tired.
A series of genetic tests are done during pregnancy. Some people only need a simple blood test, while others may need other complex tests on a case-by-case basis. Before taking any test, ask the doctor to thoroughly explain what it is and how it is done. Many prenatal trials are for screening, not for diagnostic purposes. Tests will help pregnant women be aware of the risks that are present to moms and the babies. Here are the tests moms may have to do in the first trimester:
Nuchal translucency measurement: is a way to check the nape of the neck in the fetus, through ultrasound at about 11 weeks to the end of 13 weeks of pregnancy. This will help diagnose the risk of Down syndrome, helping the doctor make the decision whether the mother needs to make an additional invasive diagnosis, such as taking a sample of thoracic biopsy (CVS) or amniocentesis.
Take a sample of a placental biopsy (CVS): This diagnostic test involves collecting cells from the placenta, which are then sent to a laboratory for genetic analysis. CVS can determine if the child has any of the hundreds of chromosomal abnormalities and other genetic disorders. It usually takes 11 to 12 weeks, which is an earlier alternative to a genetic test called diagnostic amniocentesis, which takes 16 to 20 weeks.