Pregnancy: Week - 8

How your baby is growing:

Your baby’s paddles begin to look more like hands and feet as toes and fingers emerge though at this point they are still webbed. Ossification or hardening of the bones also begins in week eight and your baby’s tail nearly disappears. All human babies originally have a tail extending off their tail bone, however as they grow in the womb it disappears.

Your baby is now about 8-11 mm or the size of a kidney bean and has developed reflexes which cause it to move and flex within you even if you cannot feel it. The gonads are now becoming either testes or ovaries but you can’t see this yet either, even on an ultrasound. Sex organs won’t be visible by test until around the twentieth week, but it’s nice to know you soon will officially have either a girl or a boy. That adorable baby girl or boys face is also almost fully formed with the nose, lips, teeth buds, tongue and nostrils finishing up this week.

How your body is changing:

Most women have gained some weight by now as your uterus is now about the size of an orange. Hormones continue to go crazy which could cause a few more lovely pregnancy side effects around this time. Acne, heart burn, darkening of the nipples, unwanted or new hair growth. For the most part there is little you can do, keep your face clean for the acne. You’ll be happy to know almost all women find relief in the second trimester, which is quickly approaching for you, just a few more weeks away.

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What you can expect at your first pre-natal visit:

Your doctor will estimate your due date based on the first day of your last period, as well as measure the size of your uterus to confirm this date.

Next, your doctor will take a complete medical history to identify any risks to your baby. It’s a good idea to have an idea of any genetic disorders or illnesses on either side of your baby’s family. If your partner does not attend your first pre-natal appointment be sure to ask him about his medical history.

Blood will be drawn to test for a wide variety of things such as sexual transmitted diseases, nutritional health (checking for low iron etc.), Rh status (positive or negative blood type), immunity to diseases, and genetic disorders that can be indentified through the blood (such as downs syndrome). Some of these tests are optional and you will be asked whether you wish to have them. Your doctor will explain their purpose and risks if there are any. Usually the only case in which you would choose to skip a test would be previous known testing from another recent pregnancy for example.

Next, a full pelvic examination, physical, breast examine and Pap smear will be done. This is not optional. Your pelvis will be measured to estimate the size of a baby that can safely pass through it. Cells from your cervix will be tested for pre-cancerous cells and disease. Your over all health will be evaluated and any risk areas addressed and treated. Your urine will also be tested for infection and drugs.

After your physical is complete your doctor will use a special stethoscope called a Fetoscope is used to amplify your babies heart beat so you can hear it and your doctor can take its heart rate. Sometimes a machine called a Doppler Instrument is also used which will send harmless sound waves at your babies heart which then bounce back and are interpreted and played for you and your doctor. At eight weeks it is likely a Doppler instrument will be used, but past twenty weeks you’ll see the Fetoscope.

If you are at risk for pregnancy diabetes you will likely be given a blood glucose test at your first visit, if you are not at risk this test will come later in your pregnancy. This simple test requires fasting for twelve hours ahead of time so if you will have it, you will be told.

You’ll be given the opportunity to ask any questions and will be told many of the health habits of pregnancy already addressed here in earlier weeks. Many doctors will also provide you with information pamphlets or books to read to help answer any questions you may have outside of your appointments.

Over all the entire first pre-natal appointment will likely take about an hour, possibly two. You’ll get your test results back in a week or two and have a follow up appointment in a about another month unless you are at a special risk and need a check-up sooner. If you didn’t have an ultrasound this appointment, you’ll be back soon for that as well. The earlier an ultrasound is done the more accurate it is at determining due dates. This is because growth varies more widely in babies as they grow older.

Comments

I can't seem to picture out

I can't seem to picture out how the baby is growing inside my tummy, but as months pass by I just can't ignore the kicking inside me. - Kris Krohn

It is amazing for me to know

It is amazing for me to know that human fetus has a tail at start which disappears when baby grows. Really it is true...