8 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

8 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

At eight weeks, your pregnancy is in full swing. Check out this week-by-week guide to find out what’s in store for your baby’s development and your body during the eighth week of pregnancy.

8 Weeks Pregnant

8 weeks pregnant is which trimester? First trimester

How many weeks of pregnancy are left? 32 weeks

How many months is 8 weeks pregnant? You’re in your second month. 

With week seven of your pregnancy complete, you’re on week eight. Enjoy it, as week nine is on the horizon! 

One of the most exciting things about pregnancy is how many changes you’ll experience with your little one over the span of just seven days! Here are some tips and tricks to keep on top of all that’s happening.

Your baby at 8 weeks pregnant:

What’s happening in there

  • Your baby is the size of a raspberry.
  • You’re officially at the end of the second month.
  • The countdown continues: You've got 32 weeks to go!

8 weeks pregnant: baby development

  • Up and running: All those little systems are now officially developing.
  • This will get you thinking: Did you know that your baby’s cerebral cortex is forming? It’s the center of the brain that handles higher order functions like information processing. The neurons (brain cells) are growing rapidly to connect with the nervous system.
  • Stretch: Your baby is now stretching out as their arms and legs lengthen, and their tiny fingers and toes are forming out of the webbing of their little hands and feet.
  • Baby's working hard: The tiny heart in there is now beating 150 times a minute, or almost double your heart rate.
  • Still pretty tiny: Wondering what your baby looks like at eight weeks? They are the size of a raspberry and resemble a tadpole. 
  • Technical terms: At this early stage of pregnancy, baby is not yet considered an eight-week-old fetus. Size-wise and time-wise, your little one is an embryo.

What should I be feeling at 8 weeks pregnant?

  • You’ll be feeling a little bloated and bigger. You probably won’t be showing outwardly, but your uterus is already the size of a grapefruit.
  • The amniotic fluid is filling up, which will protect and help your baby move in the womb. These movements will be too small and gentle to feel yet.

What does a baby look like at 8 weeks?

Baby Size at 8 Weeks
Baby Weight Teeny tiny
Baby Length 0.5 to 0.75 inches
Baby Size Comparable to a raspberry

Week 8 pregnancy symptoms

During week eight of pregnancy, your body is changing quickly. As your baby grows, you will too, and there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may experience at this time.

11 common week 8 pregnancy symptoms

  1. You may feel a little puffy and bloated.
  2. There may be some spotting or light bleeding.
  3. You will probably experience some lucid dreams.
  4. Morning sickness is here. Try ginger, vitamin B6, and even acupressure bracelets to help relieve the nausea.
  5. Your breasts and nipples are still growing and will be tender, with the nipples darkening.
  6. You have a heightened sense of smell—which can be good or may put you off some of your favorite foods.
  7. Constipation is common, but a sensitive digestive system can also cause diarrhea. 
  8. You may be completely exhausted as your body works hard to support the demands of your growing baby. 
  9. Hormonal changes and extreme fatigue can contribute to mood swings and headaches
  10. You may feel cramping as your expanding uterus causes your abdominal ligaments to stretch.
  11. You might be able to spot a little baby bump, but if not, that’s OK. Most first-time pregnancies don’t show until around week 12. 

3 tips for week 8 for a healthy and safe pregnancy

Being eight weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Here are some tips on how to adjust to this new stage to keep you and your baby safe.

  • Ask your doctor to weigh in: It’s healthy to only gain between one and five pounds in your first trimester. If you want to know what is healthy for your size, speak to your doctor.
  • Surprise!: How are you going to drop your big news? Have you got a creative announcement in mind? It might keep your mind off those symptoms.

Aches and pains: At eight weeks pregnant, headaches and neck aches may be issues caused by the extra weight and change in posture. You can still take acetaminophen.

Week 8 pregnancy checklist

Knowing what to do week-by-week can help you feel prepared and alleviate stress. Add these new items to your to-do list this week. You’ve got this, mama!

Week 8 Pregnancy To-Do’s Complete
Go shopping for some cute maternity wear
Change up your exercise routine
Think about a fun way to announce your pregnancy

Learn more about your pregnancy, including pregnancy planning and pregnancy nutrition, to feel prepared to continue this magical adventure. You’re armed with the facts and know what to do, so now you can take time to connect with the little one growing inside you.

With week seven in the rearview mirror and week eight going strong, look to the future and what's coming up in week nine!

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