Hi mommies, welcome back to another post, today as you can see on the title, the topic will be ” Normal 8 week Ultrasound”. Well let me guess, you are 8 weeks pregnant now and you still don’t believe it because your belly is not showing and you don’t fell the baby kicks, I know, but what if I tell you that miracles are happening inside your womb at this moment, stay with me to find out…
How Big Is Your Baby at 8 Weeks?
At 8 weeks your baby is about the size of a Raspberry, in measurements that will be about 2.0 cm long, and the weight will be about 0.04 ounces.
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8 weeks pregnant symptoms.
Sore breasts: the production of milk on your breast is starting at this point so you may start feeling your boobs bigger, heavier and sore.
Constipation: Constipation is a typical symptom in 50% of pregnant women, there are small changes that you can do to ease this symptom, things like drinking more water, eating fiber-rich fruits and veggies and mild to moderate exercise, if there are no risks on your pregnancy, can help you a lot, if nothing helps then talk to your doctor for other remedies.
Weird dreams: Is uncertain why this happens but is probably due to your new thoughts and anxieties related to your new pregnancy.
A powerful sense of smell: It can be something totally innocuous or that never bothered you before, but now because of your superhuman-like sense of smell you are sniffing that aroma from miles away, be careful because this symptom can trigger nausea.
Morning sickness: I talk about this symptom on my prior post, morning sickness is caused by high levels of hormones in your body, this symptom gets better with time, and you can help yourself with Ginger tea, vitamin B6 and acupuncture.
Fatigue: Remember that you are under the effects of many hormones, especially increased levels of progesterone are responsible for making you sleepy and also your body is producing more blood to carry nutrients to your growing baby, therefore, your blood pressure and blood sugar levels are lower, the best remedy for this symptom is REST and SLEEP MORE.
Cramps and spotting: mild cramping and pink or brown spotting can be normal however an Ultrasound is always a good idea to rule out miscarriages.
What to expect on your 8 week ultrasound scan:
After obtaining images of Maternal uterus and ovaries, let’s go straight to the fun part… Remember maternal health is a priority and is as important as baby’s health.
Ultrasound image of a fetal pole at 8 weeks 5 days, the measurement is shown in this picture is the Crown-rump length.
At the 8 week scan your baby starts showing arms and legs, and sometimes you can even see movements during the ultrasound.
The black spaces on the baby’s head are the brain still developing, is important to take acid folic at this time and to stay away from addicting habits like smoke and/or drugs, those habits will create addiction on your baby’s brain as well.
Ultrasound image of the doppler on the baby’s heart!!!!
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Fetal development at 8 weeks!!
Internal organs: Most of your baby’s internal organs, such as lungs, liver, kidneys etc. are in place, but they aren’t fully formed and functional yet.
Blood: Is already circulating throughout the embryo.
Size: at this time the growth is very fast, your baby within the last 2 weeks, probably doubled its size to half an inch.
As you can see your 8 week Ultrasound is very exciting, your baby already has lips and nose, is showing arms and legs and you will probably see movements on the ultrasound as well, your baby is still growing and changing at a rapid pace.
Remember that chances of miscarriages are still high at 8 weeks, miscarriages can be due to chromosomal or genetic abnormalities, the causes are not clear however regular visits and ultrasounds will help you to feel more relaxed.
What to know about doctor visits?
On your first appointment, you can expect labs, your doctor needs to know your blood type, if you are RH negative or positive, CBC ( blood count), and screening for Hepatitis B, STDs, HIV, and certain immunities.
Also on every single visit, you will have to give a urine sample so your glucose and protein levels can be monitored to rule out gestational diabetes and preeclampsia respectively.
OK, guys thanks for staying with me until the end, on my next post I will be talking about 9 week ultrasound, thank you for the love and support on my blog, I will love to have you back…
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