As we reach week 8 of this ‘week by week’ journey through your pregnancy, your baby has already completed its embryo stage! The baby is now officially a foetus (about the size of a kidney bean) and has tiny hands and feet.
The little one’s brain is now growing fast and makes up for about 43% of the total embryonic weight. You will be surprised how the baby’s fast developing brain (rapidly producing neurons) already allow your baby to respond to touch!
At this stage, your baby has grown from one single cell to a billion cells and resembles a tiny human with 90 percent of body parts developed! Your very own, little human!
The little fellow is now capable of practicing movements; slow or rapid, spontaneous or reflexive, you baby can now move! You can’t feel your baby’s little dance moves just yet but they are happening. We know you can’t wait to experience that first kick, but hang on!
Signs and Symptoms
At this stage, we are sorry to announce that nausea and morning sickness are not going away for a few more weeks. Fatigue and drowsiness might kick in now so listen to your body when it demands rest. Don’t overtire yourself, eat healthy at regular intervals, keep yourself hydrated, repeat!
Your uterus, which is now the size of a large sweet lime, is growing to accommodate your fast-developing baby. It’s time to start wearing loose-fitting clothes.
Your breasts that are preparing for breastfeeding, will now grow some fat cells. Your bra size will change frequently now so ensure that you have bras that fit and support your breasts well. Avoid shopping for too many bras of the same size at this point, you may need bras of a bigger size soon!
We understand if you are curious about your baby’s gender but the genitals are yet to develop externally. At this stage, even an ultrasound cannot ascertain if your baby is a girl or a boy. So don’t give in to the curiosity before time!
Your doctor will recommend some basic tests like Complete Blood Count (CBC) and urine to rule out any existing disorders. You must also get tests done for HIV, Hepatitis B, Thalessemia and Rubella antibodies, just to stay clear of any life threatening disorder.
Your doctor might suggest some additional tests in case you are a high-risk case patient, that is if you have a history of genetic disorders or you are over 35 years of age. These tests are invasive and it is a good idea to discuss their pros and cons with your doctor.
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