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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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june2012 - 26 days ago
Kentsmommy it's the worst feeling ever- I feel you. Spitting 24/7 is just so irritating... Angelfree77 I am looking forward to 2nd Trimester too...

angelfree77 - 27 days ago
I haven't noticed excessive saliva. I seem to have every symptom but :) Ready for the 2nd trimester too!

kentsmommy - 27 days ago
Hi all! Yes, I have excessive saliva and super smelling powers. Ugh! I couldn't stand to be too close to my older kids yesterday because the smell of the sun screen made me want to vomit. I'm so sick of this nausea! It's non-stop, morning - noon - and night. I hate to wish my life away but I'm ready for the second trimester:) Hope everyone else is doing well!

goingcrazywithfourth - 27 days ago
Hellllooooo week 8!!

june2012 - 28 days ago
Hi ladies... Is there anyone else with excess saliva production? It's driving me nuts...

angelfree77 - 30 days ago
June, glad to hear you are out of the hospital and feeling better!

JDH - 30 days ago
June, that's great to hear. I just bought sea bands from my trusted Pharmacist! They seem to really be working. My nausea has subsided b now I have a headache. Wondering if it's from the sea bands or if it was just masked by my nausea. I'd rather have a headache than feel on the verge of vomiting all day!

june2012 - 30 days ago
I am feeling better ladies... Got discharged from hospital today... I have a small blood clot near my placenta so I will be on progesterone suppository till after 3months. Otherwise I am okay and not vomiting so much anymore..

JDH - 32 days ago
June, feeling better? I'm feeling terrible today! I've never had such strong symptoms with my pregnancies and it really caught me off guard. I just was expecting it to be like my others! I'm thinking there's a little girl cooking in there. I am so ready for the second trimester! I'm ready for a cute baby bump and to be able to exercise and feel good! And to eat something other than noodles with chicken broth!

angelfree77 - 33 days ago
Thinking of you, june2012! Hope you're better real soon!

june2012 - 33 days ago
Onto week8 today. Down with HG so I had to be admitted yesterday for some IV and nausea control medication. I was extremely weak, but feeling better now. Still at the hospital.

kentsmommy - 33 days ago
Great news JDH!! I couldn't wait to get rid of all of my maternity clothes after my last son as I was positive I wasn't having anymore. Surprise! Lol! Angelfree77 - Glad to hear your symptoms are still strong; mine are too:) I'm actually not stressing as much this time around. I think I just have a peaceful mindset that this baby was just meant to be since we weren't trying. Have a great week everyone!!

angelfree77 - 34 days ago
JDH, so happy to hear that you were able to see your baby!!

angelfree77 - 34 days ago
kentsmommy, thank you for the words of support! I reached week 9 today and am still having symptoms and, though, I am not showing yet, I can feel my belly getting harder, so these are reassuring! Let us know how your u/s goes tomorrow.

JDH - 36 days ago
I LOVE maternity clothes! Unfortunately, I have all that I need so no shopping for me! My ultrasound went great! Baby is measuring 7 weeks 4 days which is only 2 days behind my estimation! Heart rate was 154 and everything looks good. I never feel quite out of the woods until 12 weeks but I'm really relieved to have seen baby!

kentsmommy - 36 days ago
Getting ready to order some maternity clothes... ugh!

kentsmommy - 36 days ago
angelfree - I know what you mean. I had a miscarriage between my first and second children. Needless to say, I was a wreck the entire first trimester with my second. I'm actually thankful for the 'baby brain' and bit of morning sickness that I have. That way I know that my little one is growing. Hope that you can find some peace to get through the first 12:) Hang in there!

kentsmommy - 36 days ago
JDH - They scheduled it for Tuesday afternoon but never got to me! Talk about a let down! Lol! I actually have it scheduled for this coming Tuesday morning now. I'm anxious to see what the due date is for sure. I still need to go get my first trimester blood work done early next week as well. This is all happening so fast; I'm still kind of in shock that I'm pregnant. lol! I'm already showing so I figure that I've got to be at least 8 weeks. Good luck during your u/s today!! Let me know how it goes:)

JDH - 38 days ago
Kentsmommy- did you get an ultrasound? I am having mine on Friday. I was a little bummed but they wanted to make sure my HCG numbers were high enough that we would be able to see something on the ultrasound. They came back at 58,000. Whatever that means.

angelfree77 - 39 days ago
I am so excited to be on this journey with everyone! I started week eight on Sunday. This is a scary time for me because I lost my last baby in week 8. My first appointment is scheduled for the 30th. I have no idea what to expect. I'm really hoping for an u/s so I can know everything is okay.

kentsmommy - 39 days ago
Hi JDH. My first appt is today too. I'm sure they will schedule an u/s as I have no idea when I concieved. I'm gussing that I'm around 7 or 8 weeks. Just got the BFP yesterday but this baby is a total surprise. Hope you are feeling well. I'm just a bit tired but otherwise feeling pretty good.

JDH - 40 days ago
First appointment today. Very uneventful. They took blood and will determine by my numbers when the east time to schedule an ultrasound will be. Kind of wish I had waited a little longer I am just so excited!

justthebaker - 52 days ago
Aliya.beg, I'm sure it's just fine :)

justthebaker - 52 days ago
I had an ultrasound on Monday morning. One sweet little bean in there. Heart beat was 146. Baby was measuring a couple of days behind, (we know exact dates because this baby was conceived by IVF - it's not mine, I'm a surrogate). But they said at this point we're talking about a fraction of a millimetre, so they're not the least concerned. Moving to week 8 tomorrow! - 54 days ago
Hi everyone! I used this site with my daughter who is almost 5 now. Pregnant for the second time after 4 years of trying! I recently had a 7 week scan and everything is good with baby. Today I am feeling a little paranoid because I almost missed my train and ended up running for it. By the time I sat down on my seat i was breathing pretty heavy and ended up throwing up. I am scared that I may have harmed the baby since my heart rate was probably pretty high. Anyone have similar experience?

Kylie michelle - 68 days ago
8 weeks pregnant and feeling it baby number 3 and sickness is mental i feel like i did at 5 months cant cope at work doing 12 hour shifts im so grateful for the signs after lots of m/c but when its there its difficult .. anyone else?

vickiessecret - 84 days ago
Yay I was finally able to put in the correct due date :) Just had my first ultrasound yesterday I'm 8+4 today, baby looked good, heart rate was 177bpm, I'm due January 12, 2016 :)

shoot4-2 - 101 days ago
Well I went to have a bloodtest done on tuesday and wedensday I was called by my doctors nurse. she told me everything was looking great but her tone was low as if there was something wrong. she says' Well, your hcg levels are 119,844' I'm like, 'thats good right.' She tells me its good that its really high but I need you to come in for a ultrasound today at 4pm since your appt with the doctor is tuesday... I asked 'a I having a litter or something?!?' I couldnt understand why she sounded worried but was giving good news!... Well, there was only one baby, it looked to be nice and healthy and I love the lo to pieces already :) My bf was looking dissappointed- he hoped for twins! lmaoooo

r-baby3 - 103 days ago
Hey lookit and shoot4-2! Such a bummer you are so sick shoot4-2. I am having good days and bad ms days. I also have 2 daughters lookit. They are almost exactly 2 years apart. We are really hoping this unplanned baby is a boy! Off to week 9 I go. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

lookitserin - 103 days ago
Well after 6.5 years, I am expecting my 3rd child. I was last on this site in 2006 and found it so helpful, so I figured I would give it a try again. I am super excited about baby number 3! Fingers crossed that it is a boy as we currently have 2 daughters!

shoot4-2 - 105 days ago
Hi everyone! Im excited to be joining the preggo world again. I used this sight in 2009 while pregnant with my son. My screen name was excited1st... but due to a change of email I'm unable to open the same page :( anyway I am back and ive calculated that Im due on Christmas! This pregnancy has been much different than my last. I had no symptoms with my son, but this little bean has me feeling sick daily. Smhnits ok tho, i dont lose food easily so at least i know this baby is getting all the nutrients it needs from this bit i do eat... i forgot to mention i can only eat a few bites of food every 15-30 minutes... which suck because i love food i never feel hungry anymore... just a need to nurish this little fetus... thats my only motivation to eat these days :/

r-baby3 - 105 days ago
I am trying to be thankful for the symptoms as well but this is no fun! Hopefully you feel better soon! It sounds like you are miserable. You poor thing! Back in 2009 this site had so many people. It is definently a lot quieter in here than it use to be. I wonder why.

mamadownoz - 107 days ago
Oh that's no good! I completely understand, it sucks, and it feels like it's never going to end. I feel bad, like I know I should be grateful for the symptoms but seriously this is hard. I went back to dr today and she says I have Hyperemesis Gravadi? Something? Fancy way of saying as sick as a dog I suppose. She's cleared me to be off work for the next 4 weeks. Let's hope I'm better by then! This board is so quiet, I remember back in 2009 I couldn't keep up with everyone's posts!

r-baby3 - 108 days ago
Mamadownoz- the ms just hit me a few days ago. But oh my is it terrible! Have hardly gotten off the couch today. This is my 3rd and I dont remember it being this bad! It helps when I have food in my stomach. But that is hard because nothing sounds good and just thinking of food makes me want to puke! Hope it ends now lol! And I am soooooo tired!

mamadownoz - 108 days ago
I have just only hit 8 weeks today, I had my edd changed to Christmas Eve when I had my scan a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised to see a little baby in there, we've had a couple of MC's so had convinced myself that it wasn't going to work. Anyway here I am now at 8 weeks. I've been suffering bad MS (morn, noon and night) since 5.5 weeks. I've missed two weeks of work and it's really getting me down. My boobs are incredibly sore, I don't remember things being this hard last time, but I'm 37 now and it's been 5 years since I did this, maybe I'm getting old! How is everyone else going?

mamadownoz - 108 days ago
R-baby, I had the same issue, was on here in 2009 with my dd, but can't get back into that profile, so annoying.

mamadownoz - 108 days ago
Weber & Aussiemum I'm so sorry, I haven't been on in a few weeks and have just seen your posts. I'm sorry for your losses. I hope we see you back in here again soon.

weber3 - 109 days ago
I had an ultrasound and I am for sure losing the baby. Wish you all the best on this journey. I will probably stop in to see how everyone is doing.

r-baby3 - 110 days ago
Hi ladies! Not new to the site but my profile wasnt working so made a new one. Looks like a few of us are having some trouble! Thinking about you all. This is my third and my husband is already commenting that I am getting a little belly. I usually dont show this early. Really hoping there is only 1 in there!

weber3 - 110 days ago
Brown spotting has turned to pink spotting. Feeling crampy off and on. Still have all pregnancy symptoms. I just worked a 6 hour shift. I am off the next two days and my first midwife Appointment is supposed to be tomorrow. Maybe I will know more soon. As for now I am still pregnant at least. Wish I could keep this baby inside forever.

amy110 - 110 days ago
Weber .... ? Are you ok? What's going on? Thoughts and prayers with you.

amy110 - 110 days ago
Oh, Aussie. Hugs to you mama. I pray that you are able to grieve and that soon you will be back with good news for us to hear. Love and prayers.

weber3 - 110 days ago
Today I welcomed week 10 but just a few short hours later signs that my journey may be ending.

weber3 - 112 days ago
@aussiemom I am so sorry. I have been thru this heartbreak before and I send you big hugs. I am weeping with you. It is gonna be a long road till those tears stop but you will be back here soon and I can't wait to see you back with your take home baby. Good luck to you.

aussiemum86 - 113 days ago
Hi girls. Just updating you all, so since last friday I've had this brownish discharge on and off when i wipe. Went to the hospital and they done bloods and a scan the scan showed a baby that was 5w6d and i was supose to be nearly 9 weeks and my bloods were in the 8600 range. So that was wednesday i had to wait till friday to do repeat bloods, so i had them done and my levels had drop to 6000 so i opted to have a dnc done that afternoon i went to surgury at 6.30pm. I would just like to thank you girls for your support this is my first loss i had a missed miscarriage. I hope you all have no problems what so ever and you have a trouble free pregnancy. I will pop in every now and then to see how you are going. Hopefully i will only be a few months behind you guys ☺ xx

amy110 - 114 days ago
Oh, Aussie, I have been traveling for work and haven't been on the site for a number of days. I just saw your posts, and like Weber, I'm holding hope for you. Praying for you and your little one!! Farnham, thoughts with you as well. Many of us here have lost at least one, and really there is no understanding why :(

aussiemum86 - 115 days ago
Thanks @webber i go in the morning to see what my bloods say. If they have risen or not i had my last period 7th march and got a strong positive on the 8th april had no bleeding untill a few days ago i definitely got my last period the 7th of march as i was away seeing a friend for her bday. So i think a baby being 3 weeks behind might be to far for it to be a viable pregnancy i really hope so. But i guess I'm just getting my self ready incase its worst case scenario. Thank you for being positive all you girls thanks heaps. ☺

weber3 - 115 days ago
@aussiemom don't let this testing cause you to run for a d&c. I have met people on this forum who were told their baby wouldn't survive because of their numbers or age baby was measuring and told to have a d&c and they went on to have their baby. Still hoping good things for you.

weber3 - 115 days ago
@farmhamcarolina so sorry you are going thru a hard time right now. Facing the loss of a baby whether it was planned or not is heartbreaking for us. Our babies are a part of us and once we realize we are pregnant our entire life and being revolves around that little being. It is the death of a dream, of our plans for the future and of someone we love. There are so many emotions we go through but it is a real loss. Don't be hard on yourself you can't prevent or change what happens with your baby. I had a loss once at 10 weeks but I believe it stopped growing at 7 weeks as I lost my symptoms one by one. Wishing you the best on your journey and may you find God's comfort as you face what is to come.

pookalou - 115 days ago
@farnhamcarolina I'm sorry your having such a hard time right now. I'm sure your experiencing a lot of emotions. I am 8 weeks pregnant, this is my 3rd child but my 5th pregnancy. My first was a m/c during the fourth month, my fourth pregnancy but 2nd m/c during the first month....I can tell you honestly that it doesn't matter how far along you are you feel the loss deeply when it happens, so will the father although he will show it less. The hardest part is not knowing why it happened.....there can be so many different factors and reasons. Rest assured it is nothing you did or caused, and it doesn't mean that it will keep happening. Also until you get the results back you still have hope, ( my sister in law had a m/c but didn't know it was twins and she was still pregnant with one of them, just an example of how every pregnancy is different and no one can say how it will go until you get conclusive results) try to rest and take care of yourself in the mean time.

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