Pregnancy Week by Week – Week 8

Detecting the baby’s heartbeat on ultrasound.

As you finish the second month of pregnancy, some amazing things are now occuring with your baby.

Week 8 is the official end of month two of pregnancy. This week we can see some brand new changes never before seen. Let’s take a look!

What is happening with your Baby?

If you have an ultrasound, you could hear and see a heartbeat this week!

Some new developments this week also include the hormonal system of the baby beginning to function. The thyroid gland begins to produce a hormone called thyroxine. Stem cells are now supplying the baby’s bone marrow, spleen, thymus and lymph nodes.

Even though the external male/female signs can’t be seen yet, male and female hormones are busy forming reproductive organs including the ovaries and testes.

One of the most exciting new changes is that the first signs of brain waves can be seen! Nerve fibers are beginning to travel throughout the baby’s body.

What is the baby’s size?

Although the systems of the baby are well underway, the size of the baby can be quite deceptive. The baby only weighs about 2gm (or .07oz.) and the length is 2-3cm.

What is happening with You?

As you enter your second month, you are likely smack in the middle of the peak of morning sickness. By now, your breast tenderness may have subsided a bit, but likely you are still feeling quite tired.

Are you noticing that you are more thirsty? It is common to feel thirsty in this early stage of pregnancy since there is greater water loss. Be sure you are drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day throughout your pregnancy.

If you have confirmed your pregnancy, you may be thinking about sharing your big news with close friends and family. Some mothers feel they should wait until the threat of miscarriage is nearly over after week 12. Likely you will know the very best time to share your special news.

To Do List:

Continue taking prenatal vitamins and eating a healthy diet.

Find ways of coping with your morning sickness.

Tell family and friends, if you are ready.

Visit your care provider if you have not done so.