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By week eight, you will notice a slight increase in your waist because of the rapid growing uterus. However, your baby bump will not be until the second trimester. Changes in your body such as morning sickness will continue to intensify and take complete control of you. The baby’s organs developments are nearing maturity so that the second trimester will be mainly about weight gain.
By the close of week eight, the baby will be about 0.63 inches which is an equivalent of a boysenberry. The head becomes differentiated and separated from the other parts of the body. It appears relatively bigger and out of proportion with other parts of the body. This is because of the rapid brain development. However, as other parts of the body continue to grow in the coming weeks, the body will become proportional.
By the middle of the eighth week, the baby’s yolk sac starts shrinking so that the placenta takes over the food supply functions. The main connection between the mother and baby is the umbilical cord that supplies all the nutrients while taking away wastes. The development of the embryo is used to signify three important things;
The baby’s ears and nose develop further by close of the week so that the nose tip is visible while ears bulge lightly on the sides of the head. Notably, the ears are functional because the sensory nerves have already been formed. The eyes are also developing, and eyelids are starting to shape up and then cover the eyes in the coming weeks.
Notably, while other organs such as heart, brain, and liver are first to develop, the lungs take longer. It will not be until the 37thweek that they will mature because their function is limited since the baby’s body is fully enclosed. Despite this, the lungs continue developing throughout the week.
Notably, the tail that makes the baby look like a “tadpole” will start shortening in this week. Besides, the legs and hands will continue lengthening so that fingers and toes are visible though still webbed.
During the eighth week, many pregnant women keep complaining about severe morning sickness. This is because the pregnancy hormones are almost hitting the highest point in the first trimester. Often, they are triggered by the smell of certain foods and sleeping in certain positions among others.
How do you deal with morning sickness? Though the cause of morning sickness is associated with pregnancy hormone, scientists still indicate that other causes are still unknown. Here are some suggestions on dealing with morning sickness.
Because the developing uterus is exerting a lot of pressure on your part of the spine, you may experience lower backache. You may also experience some pain in the buttocks because the sciatic nerve is subjected to extra pressure.
Breast soreness and growth is a common change that many women experience in this week. The breasts become very tender and extra sensitive to touch. The tenderness can be equated to the way you feel some days before your period. Apart from soreness, the breasts become equally large and difficult to fit in your regular bra because of additional milk sacs. You might consider going for a maternity bra that supports them even at night.