You are still in your first trimester when you reach the 8th week of your pregnancy. You may not be spotting a pregnancy belly yet, but the other symptoms of pregnancy will gain strength at around this time.
It is quite natural for you to experience morning sickness at this time.
Certain foods and certain smells can also make you feel nauseous. At the same you may also develop cravings towards certain food items. There will be a burst of hormonal activity in your body causing fatigue and many visible changes in the skin.
Your uterus will roughly be the size of a small grapefruit and will be pressed against your bladder .If you are carrying twins, the development of your uterus will be at a rate twice as compared to that of other pregnant women. A visible change in you will be a slight increase in the size of your breasts.
Due to the changing size of the uterus, you may experience a slight abdominal cramping. There is no need to be concerned about this and your physician might ask you to take adequate rest if you experience cramping.
Inside your uterus the baby will be residing in your amniotic fluid. In medical terms, the baby graduates from being an embryo and becomes a fetus. The fetus has more of a human form with transparent skin and blood vessels visible beneath it.
The eyes will be set wide apart on both sides of the head. Eyelids will also start to develop. Even though the fingers and toes will have webbing between them, they will be distinguishable. The bones will start to harden and lengthen.
The pituitary gland and genitalia will also start to develop. The vital organs, even though not developed will be in place. The organs will be undergoing fast development in the upcoming weeks. The chambers of the heart will start developing and the fetus will have a heartbeat of around 170 beats per minute.The baby will have a length of almost 25 mm and will be weighing around 4 grams.
Many developmental changes take place in the fetus and in the body of the mother during the 8th week of pregnancy. Eat a well balanced diet and follow a healthy lifestyle. Do visit your physician for prenatal checkups and have the prescribed antenatal supplements without fail.