8 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

    8 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

    Congratulations! You are 8 weeks pregnant. At this stage of your journey, new developments are beginning to unfold. Explore our week-by-week guide to find out what’s in store for your baby and your body in week 8 of pregnancy.

    At 8 weeks pregnant:

    • 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!

    What happens during the 8th week of pregnancy?

    • 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 at a rapid rate to form up with the nervous system.
    • Stretch — that little tadpole is now stretching out as the arms and lengthen, and tiny fingers and toes form out of the webbing of the 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.

    What should I be feeling at 8 weeks pregnant?

    You’ll be feeling a little bloated and bigger but probably won’t be showing outwardly, but your uterus is already the size of a grapefruit.

    The amniotic fluid is filling up and as your baby grows, it will begin to slowly move. These will be too small and gentle to feel yet.

    8 Weeks Pregnant Facts

    How big is your baby? Check out the chart below to find out!

    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 8 of pregnancy, your body is adjusting to the new life it’s supporting. As your baby changes, you will too, and there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may experience at this time. Keep these week 8 pregnancy symptoms on your radar:

    • You may feel a little puffy and bloated.
    • There may be some spotting or light bleeding.
    • You will probably experience some lucid dreams.
    • The nauseating symptoms of morning sickness here. Try ginger, vitamin B6 and even acupressure bracelets to help relieve the nausea.
    • Your breasts and nipples are still growing and will be tender, with the nipples darkening.
    • You have a heightened sense of smell which can be good or may put you off some of your favorite foods.

    Tips:

    Being 8 weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Get advice on how to adjust to this new stage from the experts at Enfamil.

    • 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.
    • How are you going to drop your big news? Have you got a creative announcement in mind? It might keep your mind off of those symptoms.
    • If you’re experiencing head and neck aches, it may be from the extra weight and change in posture. You can still take acetaminophen.

    Week 8 Checklist: Plan Your Pregnancy

    Be prepared. Explore our pregnancy checklist below and add these items to your to-do list this week.

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

    If you’re interested in learning more about your pregnancy, explore our resources on having a healthy pregnancy or read on what’s to come next week.