WEEK 8: Big steps for a little person
8 Weeks pregnant: hormonal changes in pregnancy

8 Weeks pregnant: hormonal changes in pregnancy

Baby has done a lot of growing this week. His head has formed, his optic nerve is developing so he’ll be able to see soon. He even has skin. But while he’s taking these big steps, don’t forget to keep taking a few yourself.

At a glance

Heartburn? Nausea? Fatigue? You might not feel very normal. But that’s completely normal.

It’s carb o’clock. If you’re starting to feel more tired these days, snacking on complex carbs keeps energy levels up.

 

Don’t bin those trainers. Exercise is more important now than ever. Just try a gentler version.

Feeling fruity? Good. Time for a big fat dose of vits for all that baby growing you’re doing.

Baby's development at 8 weeks pregnant

Baby is about the size of a raspberry and he’s literally growing into his new skin. The optic nerves are developing to help him see, all his tiny organs are in place, while his head and spine have also formed. That little tail (his coccyx) has disappeared so he looks less like a tadpole. And guess what? Your baby has skin. And in the next couple of weeks, those webbed hands and feet will be fingers and toes.

Arms and legs are lengthening, and the elbows, wrists and ankles are beginning too. What a busy week for such a little person.

Changes in you and your body at 8 weeks pregnant

You’re 8 weeks pregnant although you’re probably not showing much, so it’s hard to believe that in about 32 weeks there’ll be a cuddly little bundle in your arms. Crazy isn’t it? It’s around now that tiredness and the other downsides of pregnancy start to kick in for some women. Think how you can make life less hectic for yourself, as pregnancy puts additional strain on your body. Also, put your feet up whenever you can.

There could be sleeping problems, mood changes, heartburn and cravings on the horizon. One consolation is that these are all really good signs of a healthy pregnancy. They mean important hormonal changes in pregnancy are happening in your body, which are vital for the growth of your little sleep thief.

8 weeks pregnant woman feeling nauseous

Pregnancy nutrition at 8 weeks pregnant

If you find yourself nodding off into your soup or falling asleep before the opening credits of your favourite series, it’s likely that good old pregnancy fatigue has begun already. Try adjusting your diet to keep energy levels up. Complex carbohydrates (starchy foods such as bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, cereals and pulses) are an important source of energy and should be included in your pregnancy diet. Many women find eating more ‘baby sized’ meals throughout the day, rather than three big meals, can help keep tiredness at bay.

Eat lots of fruit and veg too, as these provide important vitamins and minerals. If you’ve felt a bit constipated lately (another thing to thank those hormones for), try munching on celery, berries and watermelon as they contain loads of fibre and moisture, which can help with digestion. Remember to wash your fruits and vegetables carefully though.

Safe pregnancy exercises at 8 weeks pregnant

Some women worry that they’ll have to give up their favourite gym class once they’re pregnant. But don’t pack those trendy trainers away just yet. If you've been doing regular exercise already, chances are you can continue for as long as it feels good. It’s always worth checking with your doctor first, as each pregnancy is different.

If you get the go-ahead, yoga, pilates and swimming are great options for a low-impact, pregnancy safe exercise. As long as you stay tuned to your body you’ll probably know best when it’s time to take things easy. And if you’re going to the gym or taking a class don’t feel shy about letting the instructor know that you are 8 weeks pregnant, they may be able to make the workout more bump-friendly.

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Important advice to mothers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.