8 Weeks Pregnant

Week 8 photo
length ~ 1 in  |  2.5 cm     weight ~ 0.05 oz  |  1.5 g   /   Fingers-n-toes OH MY!

Fetal development in week 8

Woohoo! You've got one whole inch of baby inside of you!

Your little embryo has finally reached the one-inch mark (30mm)!

What's more, your baby is finally starting to take on some very distinct human features. For starters, their little tail (really just the spinal cord) has disappeared completely.

It's nice to know your baby can no longer be mistaken for a sea creature! Additionally, both their toes and fingers are prominent with very little, if any, webbing. Upper and lower limbs all show recognizable joints (elbows and knees) and the lower limb bones are starting to ossify.

Still, don't expect your baby to resemble either parent quite yet - that is unless you look like a bobble-headed alien.

Right now, your tiny baby's head is disproportionately larger than the rest of their body and makes up almost half of their height and weight!

And how's mom doing?

Your slightly-larger-than-a-cherry embryo may finally start having a visible impact on your body this week — and not just hormonally, as you may be noticing a tiny bulge at your midline - which is (sorry!) just water retention.This is not the time to eat for two... this is the the time to eat smart and start incorporating daily physical activity into your life - walking is something even the most athletically challenged can handle!

Trust us, most people won't even notice the subtle change to your belly's shape. Though you probably think the bulge is baby, it's not - just water retention and probably too much of whatever you've been noshing on to deal with your increased appetite.

Which reminds us... have you been taking your daily prenatal? And how's your diet clean-up going - have you kicked the fast/junk food addiction yet?

Remember: The better your health now (in terms of staying active and eating right), the easier your pregnancy will be in the upcoming trimesters when it gets really interesting and challenging to move around.

Staying fit - or rededicating yourself to finally getting healthy, pays off in pregnancy. This is not the time to eat for two... this is the the time to eat smart and start incorporating daily physical activity into your life - walking is something even the most athletically challenged can handle!

Good news for those who're feeling hormonally tortured: if you've been extra moody lately, that may start to subside this week, as the placenta is beginning to take over your baby's hormone production. This means your body will soon be able to relax a bit from its over-production of hormones as the placenta starts to regulate your baby's hormones - allowing your body to focus on producing more normal levels of hormones and hopefully leave you in a place emotionally where you can enjoy your pregnancy.

Still, if you're having a tough emotional haul of it in the next few weeks, it may have more to do with your life and personal choices than hormonal issues. Just in case you haven't heard: pregnancy isn't an excuse to be a bitch, but it is a testing ground for motherhood.

Did You Know?

Pregnancy is a natural biological process and like most of our other bodily functions tends to manage itself fairly well. If we were that fragile during pregnancy, we’d have become extinct years ago. Yes, avoiding obviously dangerous or excessive behaviors is smart, of course, but if you use common sense you’re extremely likely to have a healthy pregnancy.

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Week 8 cartoon

Sarcastic Journalist ?

We’re having a ****!

There’s a scene in the movie “Father of the Bride Part Two” where the daughter, Annie, announces to her family that she is pregnant. There is a big whoop de doo where everyone jumps up and down at the news.

All I could think is “Ha ha, she did it!”

Okay. I know. I’m an adult and the majority of adults “do it” from time to time. Fertility treatments aside, “doing it” is pretty much how most women get pregnant. So why the immaturity?

Usually, unless you announce it to everyone, what goes on in the bedroom stays in the bedroom. But all it takes is one little due date announcement for people to realize what you were doing a month ago!

Or, in my case, all it took was an “I’m pregnant!” for both my Mom and Mother-in-law to figure out what we did at Disney World for our anniversary!

“I’m going to stop coming to your house,” my Mother-in-law joked. “Every time I come to visit, you announce your pregnancy a month later.”