8 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition
At a glance
At eight weeks pregnant you might have nausea and mood swings
Complex carbohydrates can help combat fatigue
Do some low impact exercise like pilates
Eat lots of fruit – and remember to wash it well
Baby's development at 8 weeks
Guess what? Your baby has skin! And amazingly, all the other tiny organs are in place now too. The optic nerves are still developing, while the head and spine have now formed. Arms and legs are lengthening, and that little ‘tail' will be gone soon too. Plus, in the next couple of weeks, those webbed hands and feet will become fingers and toes. What a busy week for such a little person.
Your baby is due in about 32 weeks, so you’re well on your way now. Many women have to down shift a gear around this time, as some of the not so nice side effects of pregnancy might be starting to become more apparent. Such as nausea, sleeping problems, mood changes, heartburn and cravings. One small consolation is that these are all really good signs. These symptoms appear because of the hormonal changes in your body, which are perfectly normal.
Make sure you take it easy at this stage too, as pregnancy puts additional strain on your body. Put your feet up and try to take an extra break here or there if you can.
If you’re feeling tired, try adjusting your diet to help prevent fatigue. Things like complex carbohydrates (starchy foods such as bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, cereals and pulses) are an important source of energy and should be included in every meal.
Don’t forget to eat lots of fruits and vegetables too, as these provide important vitamins and minerals. If you’ve been feeling a bit constipated lately, things like celery, berries and watermelon contain loads of fibre and moisture, which can help with digestion. Remember to wash your fruits and vegetables carefully though.
Been wondering if you can keep exercising while you’re pregnant? If you've been doing regular exercise already, chances are you can continue for as long as it feels good. But as always, speak to your doctor before taking our word for it – no one knows you better! If your doctor gives you the go-ahead, here are some ideas to get you started. Yoga, Pilates and Swimming are great options for a low impact workout too. Just remember to stay tuned to your body and take it easy if you’re unsure. And of course, if you are attending a gym or a class let the instructor know that you are pregnant so they can adjust the exercise accordingly.