8 weeks pregnant – The pregnancy has started to become a reality
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It had started to finally sink in that I was pregnant now… I felt bloated and my stomach stuck out like a balloon that was about to pop. I had also started to develop a strong aversion to meat, alcohol, cigarette smoke and, interestingly, washing up liquid, which my sister would constantly poke fun at as my way of getting out of the washing up. Hmm… come to think of it, I did feel a bit queasy when I turned on the hoover the other day…
I had managed to acquire the skill of sleeping standing up as well. I don’t think I had ever napped as much as I did in the last eight weeks – I would come home from work at 7 pm and sleep until 11 pm, only to wake up to drag myself to bed.
Another side effect of the pregnancy was nagging constipation, which seemed to be constant and frustrating. I tried everything, from prune juice (which was disgusting) to laxatives, but the struggle continued. This was definitely not an enjoyable part of the pregnancy at all. And, just in case the constipation wasn’t enough, I also had back pain in the form of wind and, at work, I had to keep running to the toilet, just to make sure I didn’t embarrass myself in front of my co-workers. Oh, and did you know that you’re also a human faucet when you’re pregnant and there’s no way of controlling it? The multiple pregnancy sources say that your kidneys are working more efficiently now, which is why you have to pee all the time. I had to tell work that it was my ‘condition’ that made me keep going to the
Travelling home with a bulging bladder was very difficult to deal with, especially when the tube was experiencing delays and I was deep in the throes of rush hour. The place was packed full of people pushing and shoving to grab a seat on the train. I wish I had a pregnancy bump so people would just let me have a seat, but I didn’t look pregnant at all, and I didn’t have the guts to ask someone to get up and offer me a seat. Mind you, a while back, a woman had actually asked me to vacate my seat on the tube because she was pregnant, but she didn’t look like she had a bump. I didn’t even question it and offered her my seat, even though I was carrying three heavy bags at the time and the man next to me was available and carrying no baggage. I remembered feeling quite peeved at the man for not offering his seat to the lady. So, I suffered quietly for an hour, wedged between two people, and squeezed my legs in the hope that I wouldn’t burst my bladder and pee on myself before I got home.
A fun fact – Your baby measures about 1.6cm
The Science Part
- Your baby is now called a foetus and is still in the amniotic sac, getting nourishment from the yolk sac
- The placenta is continuing to develop
- The embryonic tail has almost disappeared
- All the organs, muscles and nerves are beginning to function.
- The legs are forming cartilage and lengthening
- Your baby’s hands now begin to bend at the wrist and the feet are losing their webbed appearance
- Eyes may appear open as the eyelids have started to grow, but haven’t fused yet. Eyes won’t properly open until around week 26
Your pregnancy signs and symptoms
- You have probably missed your second period now.
- Your figure may be changing now and you may need bigger bras.
- Some women experience a little light bleeding during the early weeks of pregnancy. Always mention this to your midwife or GP, particularly if the bleeding continues and you get stomach pain
- Your womb is the size of a lemon now
- You’re probably feeling tired and your breasts are sore and enlarged
- You probably feel the need to pass urine more often than usual
- You may start to feel sick too
Your next steps
- Contact your GP/midwife if you experience any spotting, whether that is brown or red blood – it’s probably nothing, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- If you haven’t done so already, it may be worth getting your breasts fitted for maternity bras
- If you’re feeling constipated – prune juice works a treat!
Note: These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your midwife.
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