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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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bgscoobyluver - 7 days ago
Whew! Week 8. 2 more wks n Ill be in double digit wks! At least I hope. I have yet to see a doc but hope to in 3 wks! I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired but thanking God that im sick and tired because He has blessed us with another baby. But I have to admit I forget to be thankful when my head is in the toilet LOL

izzy2020 - 7 days ago
Funtime- i think its 28 april. I've not seen midwife yet, still waiting for them to contact me as they only come to the surgery twice a week. I'm in wk 9 now

funtimemum80 - 7 days ago
Izzy- what is your due date??

izzy2020 - 10 days ago
Funtime- I'm glad everything went well at the scan. I feel the same about time, seems to be going sooo slow and I can't wait to get to second trimester. I've really had enough of the first trimester, being sick and tired all the time, bad taste in the mouth, emotions pheeeeeeeew.

funtimemum80 - 10 days ago
My last day in which has been the longest week ever! It really does feel like I will never get beyond single digits and horrid hormones. I've been ill- prob due to low immunity and it is taking longer to recover, again I'm blaming low immunity, my morning sickness is now afternoon and evening sickness and my body is screaming for sleep- yay

pugdunn - 11 days ago
Hello Week 8!!!

funtimemum80 - 12 days ago
I've had my scan, baby perfect and healthy my dates were a few days out which means nothing to me as my baby's always go over due, I'm just glad, thankful and happy xxx

funtimemum80 - 16 days ago
I've treated myself to some maternity clothes, they are too big to wear yet my normal clothes are getting tight, I feel like I don't belong! I can't wait for a bump and some movement, until then it's head down and plough through them hormones! Just two more weeks and it's double digits peeps 😀😀😀

izzy2020 - 16 days ago
Funtime- i agree with you, time is going soooo slooow. I'm always tired and arrrgggg first trimester is sooo hard

funtimemum80 - 17 days ago
Yay week 8! These single digit weeks are going way too slow!!

ckaySA - 20 days ago
when everything i used to like tastes and smells completely different...and not in a good way (very sad face!!)

ckaySA - 26 days ago
yes i can't wait till i feel somewhat normal in the 2nd trimester when it comes to food and eating...oh...and smells!

ckaySA - 26 days ago
8 weeks today yey!! Saw baby's heartbeat yday and it was so awesome...and reality hit me a bit overwhelmed...there's no turning back now :)...we told our 2 kids and they so excited...this morning they were like 'good morning dad, good morning mommy...good morning baby'...too cute

Rissa1 - 26 days ago
Well, I guess at least we're all on the same boat! ;). Just a few more weeks until we get into the 2nd trimester!

Taylorsbunno2 - 26 days ago
Omg I feel the same with foods! I wanted cheese and crackers with pickle. My partner made them for me and I was starving! But one mouthful down and I cried as it tasted gone off.

ckaySA - 27 days ago
Excuse my little vent emotions are all over the place as well...last night i could cry because my hips and back felt like they were bruised or something...and it just hurt so bad...but like many of you...i am counting down the days till this 1st trimester is finally behind us!! ;)

ckaySA - 27 days ago
dnt you just hate it when you're so hungry for something...then you make it or get...but when you have it the smell puts you off but you eat it anyway coz you went to all the trouble...then enjoy it while eating it...and at other times...can't stand putting it in your mouth lol... and then either way, go back to feeling sick to the stomach again!!! I just can't deal...your damned if you do, damned if you don't...

Rissa1 - 27 days ago
I have to vent...I know I should sound more grateful than I do that I'm pregnant again and things are going well, but can I just say that I LOATHE THE FIRST TRIMESTER!!! Feeling nauseous and tired week after week just wears on the body and will power. I know it'll get better in no time, but I don't know if I can function like this for another 4-5 weeks. I've already cried today and I'm tearing up as I write this. My hormones must be peaking...ahhhhh! :(

Taylorsbunno2 - 27 days ago
I'm always hungry. My belly constantly growls at me for carbs! Anyone else the same??

ckaySA - 27 days ago
was hit with hectic nausea today...couldn't even finish my breakfast that i usually do with no problems...back, hips and lower abdoment quite sore too...tomorrow i meet with dr for my first appt so can't wait to see what's been happening so excited...yey!! hope everyone is doing ok..

Taylorsbunno2 - 29 days ago
Just had my dating scan 8w1d. Heartbeat 140bpm and due date 15th April :).

tryingfor4 - 31 days ago
I'm in week 9!

Taylorsbunno2 - 31 days ago
I hope it does too. Moving over weeks tomorrow well until I have my dating scan on Saturday and I know otherwise

ckaySA - 32 days ago
peek a boo!! lol...where is everybody?...hope it comes alive soon

june2012 - 62 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 - 62 days ago
I haven't noticed excessive saliva. I seem to have every symptom but :) Ready for the 2nd trimester too!

kentsmommy - 62 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 - 63 days ago
Hellllooooo week 8!!

june2012 - 64 days ago
Hi ladies... Is there anyone else with excess saliva production? It's driving me nuts...

angelfree77 - 65 days ago
June, glad to hear you are out of the hospital and feeling better!

JDH - 66 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 - 66 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 - 68 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 - 68 days ago
Thinking of you, june2012! Hope you're better real soon!

june2012 - 69 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 - 69 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 - 69 days ago
JDH, so happy to hear that you were able to see your baby!!

angelfree77 - 69 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 - 72 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 - 72 days ago
Getting ready to order some maternity clothes... ugh!

kentsmommy - 72 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 - 72 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 - 74 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 - 75 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 - 75 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 - 76 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 - 88 days ago
Aliya.beg, I'm sure it's just fine :)

justthebaker - 88 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! - 90 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 - 104 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?

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