8 Weeks Into Your Pregnancy
You're entering into the last week of your second month. Can you beleive it? The first month and a bit may have passed really slowly, but look at you now! You're almost in the last month of this trimester!
Your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit now - imagine that; it was once the size of your fist.
Your back might be aching here and there and you may experience some cramping pain - this is usually just your uterus contracting and stretching to make room for the growing baby. Contact your doctor if cramping is accompanied by vaginal bleeding.
Your may have noticed that your breasts have grown larger. If you haven't had any change in your breasts, don't worry; breast size in pregnancy holds absolutely no baring on breastfeeding.
As your waistline grows more and more, you may start showing a baby bump... If you're lucky, that is. A lot of women won't look pregnant until half way through the second trimester. It might be time to pack away your favorite pair of pants and upgrade to materinty clothing!
Standing at around 0.56cm tall, your baby is growing very quickly.
The tail that your little one has will slowly shrink this week. All of her (or his) organs are slowly developing - this includes its little muscles and its nerves.
His or her hands and feet are budding out in what looks to be webbing and their itty bitty wrists can now bend and an elbow can be seen.
Their eyelids and ears are starting to form. If you were to look at your baby now, you might even catch a glimpse at his or her developing nose.
As always, continue taking your folic acid and prenatal vitamins.
Make sure to drink a lot of water - your blood volume will double itself in the next few months, your body will product the amniotic fluid and will take on a host of new roles where water is needed.