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By the end of your second month of pregnancy, your baby is about the size of a pinto bean and is approximately 14 to 20 mm long. If this is your first pregnancy, you still probably will not be showing yet. However, if this is not your first pregnancy you might be able to tell that you are pregnant. You will notice a slight change in how your clothes fit and your doctor can tell that your uterus is larger than normal. Before you were pregnant, your uterus was about the size of your fist. However, by 6 weeks of pregnancy, your uterus has grown to the size of a grapefruit!

Your baby is developing at an amazing rate during these early weeks. Eyelid folds and ears are forming. Your baby\'s eyes are still very wide apart on the sides of her head, but will eventually center themselves out. The tip of the nose is actually present at this time as well. On ultrasound you can see that the aortic and pulmonary valves of the heart are present. The tubes that lead from the throat to lungs are branching and your baby\'s torso is getting longer and beginning to straighten out. Just a few weeks ago, your baby\'s arms were tiny buds. Now the elbows are actually present and the arms and legs extend forward and have grown longer. Fingers and toes are becoming visible also.

One of the symptoms that you might feel around this time of your pregnancy is cramping or pain in your lower abdomen or side as your uterus grows. Some pregnant women feel tightening or contractions of the uterus. Do not get alarmed if you do not feel this though. If tightening of the uterus or contractions is accompanied by bleeding, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. Many pregnant women also experience an occasional pain that begins in their buttocks and radiates down their back or legs. This is known as sciatic nerve pain and can be extremely painful at times. More than likely the pain is caused by the pressure on the nerve and it is best to lie on the opposite side to relieve the pressure.


The tiny person growing inside of your uterus is protected by the amniotic sac, filled with amniotic fluid. Inside, the child swims and moves gracefully. The arms and legs have lengthened, and fingers can be seen. The toes will develop in the next few days.

The umbilical cord contains 3 blood vessels which link your baby\'s system to yours. The big one supplies your baby with blood which is rich in oxygen. The two smaller blood vessels return blood to the placenta. This blood is low in oxygen, and full of waste materials. At birth, umbilical cord can be two to four feet long.

See also Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms

See also Prenatal Vitamins





Comments on week 8

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mngirl1281 - 6.5 hours ago
I have Sonoline B as well and it works great.

aussie-jess - 6.8 hours ago
Oooh good to know! Thanks!! That's the one I have been leaning towards!! :)

2bBlessedw2 - 7.1 hours ago
Haha...BRANDY! We typed that at the same exact time!

2bBlessedw2 - 7.1 hours ago
I have a Sonoline

brandyleigh - 7.1 hours ago
I have the sono line b Doppler and I love it!

aussie-jess - 7.9 hours ago
Looking at Dopplers on eBay, what brands are good and safe??? I have no clue where to start?

2bBlessedw2 - 8.8 hours ago
AUSSIE-I have one of each too. I would love to be able to wait it out for the surprise but I just can't do it!!!! I'm a planner and need to know!

aussie-jess - 9.4 hours ago
I am soooo undecided! I have found out the sex for all of my previous babies. And I said from the beginning that once I have one of each sex I would stop finding out! But now my husband wants to find out anyways. And straight after our 18-20 week ultrasound we fly to Dallas for his work. Which means awesome shopping, (Canada doesn't compare to Texas for shopping). So I am so unsure on what to do! For anyone who hasn't found out, was it worth it???

mngirl1281 - 13.4 hours ago
Week 8 here I are. Glad everyone sounds like they are doing well:). I think we are all in it for the long haul ladies !

2bBlessedw2 - 20.7 hours ago
I'm on 200mg a day. With Crinone (the one I was on) it's only 90mg but is more easily absorbed by the body and has the equivalent of a 500 mg dose. Endometrin is 100mg-2-3 times a day. Not as easily absorbed and that's why multiple doses are necessary. Oral progesterone (ie prometrium) is needed in much higher doses as the body metabolizes most of it before it actually gets to work.

2bBlessedw2 - 20.8 hours ago
AUSSIE-With a Doppler? That is awesome!! I know for sure I'll be able to find mine this weekend then!

brandyleigh - 23.6 hours ago
I am on a high dose I am on 200 mg suppositories twice a day and my level is at 30

aussie-jess - 23.9 hours ago
For everyone on progesterone, what's your regular dose?

aussie-jess - 23.9 hours ago
Appointment went great! Got requisitions to test my thyroid again and iron etc. My doctor found the heartbeat in like 5 seconds! It was 184bmp! Woo hoo!

2bBlessedw2 - 1 days ago
I did 2 doses of progesterone yesterday cuz I was spotting again...and that stopped but MAN...do I have the worst headache!!!! I'm going back to 1 time a day. UGH! I move and it hurts!

2bBlessedw2 - 1 days ago
AUSSIE-I like March better too but I know my baby will come in January or February...so looks like another winter baby for me! Brrrrr! Glad your appointments went well!

aussie-jess - 1 days ago
I wish I was craving things. I am pretty much grossed out by all foods. I am thinking my double dose of progesterone is playing a part in that.

aussie-jess - 1 days ago
I had an appointment to confirm the pregnancy at 4 weeks. And he sent me for an early ultrasound to check if everything is ok because of my miscarriages. And today is my first real parental appointment I guess! The lovely one where they check your weight and everything. Ewww!

aussie-jess - 1 days ago
My period had been off the last couple of cycles, it would sometimes come on 28 days and then 32, which is nothing like me at all. I have always been 28 days no matter what. I am waiting to see what the 12 week ultrasound says! :) I like a due date of March better! Makes it sound like its closer to summer!!! Hehehe

2bBlessedw2 - 1 days ago
I am craving and eating the weirdest things! I just ate instant...yes...I wanted instant, mashed potatoes and I want spaghetti O's really badly. NOT healthy! I guess I'm really craving salt. Another sign pointing to girl! Well, at least I was that way with DD.

2bBlessedw2 - 1 days ago
AUSSIE-I'm confused...did you have your appointment yet? I know you had your u/s a few days ago. As for due date and going by size...my babies would always go back and forth between measuring ahead and right on schedule. I know exactly when I conceived so my dates aren't off. I guess unless you don't know when you conceived then going by size would be okay...just don't be worried if all of sudden your baby is measuring behind a couple days. I just think it's best to go by LMP so there is wiggle room and less worry about how a baby is growing. I know, I know...I sound very cautious and that is just my past history talking. ;o)

aussie-jess - 1 days ago
From my period I calculated my due date as 1st of March. But the ultrasound baby measured 2 days ahead. So a due date of 27th of Feb! :)

brandyleigh - 1 days ago
Yeah Aussie do we have the same due date then I go to 9 weeks tomorrow to

aussie-jess - 1 days ago
From the dating on my ultrasound I am 9 weeks tomorrow!! I am happy for the next 10 weeks to go by super fast!!

aussie-jess - 1 days ago
Super exciting Brandy!!! I have my doctors appointment this afternoon! Hoping it all goes very smoothly!

2bBlessedw2 - 1 days ago
YAY BRANDY! I can't wait to get mine back on Saturday!!!

brandyleigh - 1 days ago
I just heard my baby on my Doppler!!! 166-174 so excited!!!!

2bBlessedw2 - 1 days ago
Got my final progesterone and hcg result from last week. I was 7w1d at the time. HCG was 73,034 and Progesterone was 25.1.

2bBlessedw2 - 2 days ago
AUSSIE-My daughter's...yes...I had really good insurance then. My son...we had to pay 10%!

brandyleigh - 2 days ago
Our son was $6000 that was 8 years ago in a regular hospital our daughter was born at a hospital specializing in women care and last year was $15000 both those totals are just delivery that doesn't include any doctor visits or labs or sonograms

aussie-jess - 2 days ago
Ooh my goodness. I hope your insurance paid for it all!! :-0

2bBlessedw2 - 2 days ago
AUSSIE-TOO MUCH!!! My bill for having my son (emergency c-sec) was 97,000 dollars! He stayed in the NICU one night. My daughter's....was a couple million. 13 week premature baby.

aussie-jess - 2 days ago
If someone doesn't have insurance at all. What is the average cost for giving birth in a hospital?

brandyleigh - 2 days ago
We will have coverage but I won't have any cards and I would rather use the old insurance cause we got a prepaid card from the insurance company to help with copays and deductibles so I am trying to get as much done with the old insurance to use up the card I have like $700 left on it and it don't want to lose it. Which with the cost of doctor appt and bloodwork that will be gone soon!! Lol

2bBlessedw2 - 2 days ago
BRANDY-that's great news. Shouldn't you keep the August 5th appointment tho, since you will have coverage by then?

aussie-jess - 2 days ago
Wow! That is huge brandy! I cannot imagine the stress you guys go though having to pay for childbirth or healthcare!!

LiLBean5 - 2 days ago
Brandy that is awesome that you are getting the insurance now!!!! What a relief! :)

brandyleigh - 2 days ago
So once again new baby new job for hubby! Aaahhhh so he starts the new job august 4 my appt for the doctor was august 5 so I had to change that and I now go next Tuesday and the new job is actually giving us insurance the day we start instead of us having to wait the 6 months thank god!!

2bBlessedw2 - 3 days ago
AUSSIE-you can get them for 65 dollars on EBay or Amazon. I've had mine ever since I was first preggo almost 7 years ago.

aussie-jess - 3 days ago
I have never had a Doppler at home before, but I am seriously considering hiring one this time around!!

2bBlessedw2 - 3 days ago
Ah finally! 8 weeks! Hi! I finally stopped spotting a couple days ago after starting on the new progesterone. I work this weekend and I will get my Doppler back from a friend who was borrowing it. The earliest I was able to pick up the HB was 9 weeks and that's pretty good considering I have a very tilted uterus!

aussie-jess - 3 days ago
Bummer, 2 weeks away! But a positive is you should more then likely hear the heartbeat!!

brandyleigh - 3 days ago
Not until August 5

aussie-jess - 3 days ago
Brandy, when's your next doctors appointment?? Mine is Thursday and my doctor is hoping to hear the heartbeat on the Doppler then. But I won't even be 9 weeks. So I highly doubt he will be able to find it!

brandyleigh - 4 days ago
8 w 5d week 8 is flying by morning sickness is still kicking my butt though plus had a slight headache the past three days it's finally gone now. I can't wait to hear little ones heartbeat on the Doppler! Not having another sono till 12 weeks is killing me!! Hope everyone is well!

aussie-jess - 4 days ago
Hi all! I just had my ultrasound and baby is measuring 8 weeks 3 days! And heartbeat was 172bpm! So thankful and happy! A little bit of worry can ease now that is over! I have been so exhausted! And since last night I have had super sharp pains on my sides too. Guessing its just growing pains?

joready2glo - 5 days ago
Daisy3 I too have a love/hate relationship with my morning sickness. I felt great this morning when I woke up. Started to worryhowever come later morning I was heaving up and now have a headache! X

LiLBean5 - 5 days ago
rainbowbaby hahaha that was me last week when I was 6wks! This week in 7wks I am having LOTS of sharp ligament pains constant lower back pain and all day nausaesness.

rainbowbaby2 - 6 days ago
Man I have itchy nipples today!

brandyleigh - 7 days ago
Hello week 8!! Moving right along!!!



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