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You are 8 weeks pregnant.

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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

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kirbyann - 3.8 hours ago
Are any of you pregnant, single and already a mum? My boyfriend of 2 yrs left me when we found out I am pregnant... came back for 2 weeks then decided that it was def. too much for him and has left entirely. I feel very alone. Very scared. Just so very sad.

5thBlessing - 14 days ago
BabyBlessings- Thanks for sharing! We have a boy's name already picked out (Lincoln) but if we have a girl that may be more challenging. Our daughter's names are Honey-Belle and Kenzie-Lee.I think I would keep the trend and want another southern sounding hyphenated name. Nothing is coming to me yet though. Am I the only one dreaming up names this early? lol

babyblessings - 16 days ago
5thblessing- I have three girls and I remember their heartbeat at my first ultrasound was always in the 170's. So there just might be a girl baby in there! The heart rate at my ultrasound was 153 which is the lowest we have ever had. But we were measuring 7w5d which is the smallest we have ever been at the first ultrasound. And I read that the heart rate increases with age. So I'm not sure its a boy yet but there is a little bit of wonder there...if it had been 170 I would have assumed it was another girl for sure!

5thBlessing - 18 days ago
I had my u/s today and babies HB is 170! Girl? I have 4 kids and I can't remember all their HB's anymore. Anyone that has kids remember? I know that one of my girls was high and 1 of my boys was low.. I know they say it is a myth, but thought it would be fun to hear your experiences. I hope everyone is hanging in there! I had been super sick these past few weeks and mostly lost my appetite. Nausea is starting to get better, TG!!Heres to hoping all of yours is too <3

larisa929 - 19 days ago
So I had my sono today. Baby looks good but it's only measuring at 7 weeks. They said I probably ovulated later. The heart rate was 132 which made us feel good bc it was strong. I'll miss you ladies but back to week 7 I go. Whaaa :(

larisa929 - 19 days ago
I feel like I can especially so I can be more comfy but I got rid of most of my maternity clothes so I guess I will be waiting a little to buy new ones.

g7 - 20 days ago
I got my maternity clothes out today. I fit my regular clothes ok but by the end of the day it's just too much on my tummy. I have to go to dinner tonight for parents' anniversary. I hope they don't recognize the jeans 😜 anyone else having to wear them?

g7 - 20 days ago
Ha I got two huge pimples this week too. Totally annoying. On the bright side the hormones have been awesome for my sex drive! Woot woot!

larisa929 - 20 days ago
I never got pimples... Until now! I have 2 huge ones coming out of my face! These hormones are kicking my butt! It's all worth it though! :)

larisa929 - 23 days ago
Yay week 8! Congrats Kerjer!

Kerjer - 23 days ago
My ultrasound went great! baby is doing good so far. I'm officially 9 weeks.

g7 - 24 days ago
How is it 8 weeks already?

Jennish - 26 days ago
Yay for ultrasounds! Glad you got to see yours BabySaunders, I was right there with you oohing and ahhing over the little arms and legs. So much nicer than the little blob you see at the start! Hope yours went great too, Kerjer. :)

BabySaunders - 26 days ago
How did your ultrasound go?

Kerjer - 31 days ago
Officially 8 weeks today!! I have my first ultrasound on Monday and this is my first baby so I'm nervous. Hope everything goes okay.

BabySaunders - 32 days ago
Finally had a good ultrasound yesterday. Baby measured right where I thought it would at 8w2d. Woot woot! Which actually makes my due date June 5th and not the 6th. Got to see the heartbeat and little arm and leg buds. It's amazing what they can see so early! Loved it.

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