Your baby is getting to be quite the human being! With fingers and toes fully formed and they are starting to move their limbs on purpose now. The small intestine is still growing - it will reach 2.75 metres at birth, which is pretty impressive in someone so small, and their genitourinary tract is on its way as well. As for the sex of your baby, although it is already genetically defined, it isn’t visible yet. At the end of the eighth week, baby’s heart and vascular systems will be in place. By the time you get your next ultrasound, the pounding of your baby’s heart should be audible, beating at an impressive rate of around 160 bpm (beats per minute)!
It’s around week 8 that you may start to notice your figure changing. Some women may lose a little weight while others are already starting to gain some. Pregnancy often shows surprisingly early.
You stand on the scales and see that the Kilos are melting away, even though there is a child on the way? Don’t worry if you do not put on weight in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Hormonal changes, along with lack of appetite or nausea, can be to blame. The weight changes do, however, vary a lot from one woman to another, if you have any concerns always discuss with your health care professional.
Have you been feeling sick mid-afternoon? “Morning” sickness can occur at any time of the day. This nauseous feeling can be attributed to the increasing hormones in a pregnant woman's body. Try distributing your calories throughout the day by eating more mini-meals or snacks, rather than only 3 larger meals. If you are prone to vomiting, ensure you drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids, or suck on a little crushed ice. Morning sickness can't be completely cured. It is a natural occurrence that happens to a pregnant woman's body. Tell your doctor too, he or she might have some other ideas for you - such as anti-nausea medication that is safe through pregnancy.
Pregnancy is a time that brings with it huge hormonal changes. Oestrogen, progesterone and the hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone also act on your emotions and can manifest as anxiety, nervousness, depression or elation. Especially at the beginning of pregnancy, you may experience mood swings, difficulty concentrating, drowsiness and fatigue. If any of these feelings concern you, it's really important to talk to your health care professional, before they get out of control.