In general, 6 weeks is the normal time for the gestation in a baby. Therefore, now she or he is developing from an embryo to a fetus. During this time, there are a lot things happening with either baby or you. And the most important question is that can you feel a baby move at 8 weeks.

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Change in your body

When progressing to the end of the first trimester, you might begin to notice that the clothes are fitting more closely. In fact, the amount of weight gain is generally just a few pounds, but the uterus is expanding slowly to accommodate the rapid development of your child. In addition, your breasts might also feel tender and full, probably even tingly.

According to some experts, the volume of blood would increase greatly during the pregnancy. Thus, all the systems are going into overdrive, beyond what you could notice on the surface. Discomforts and changes, even at the early phase, are occurring when your body is trying to adapt to some new demands.

Your baby

At this stage, your little baby would already be from 11 to 15 mm, or 0.5 inch in length. By now, he or she looks more and more like as a newborn that you will deliver at the hospital.

Specifically, the body has developed muscles, bones, toes and fingers, legs and tiny arms. Even the nose and upper lip have appeared. In addition, its special facial features go on developing alongside with all of inner organs and workings.

Although you could not feel it yet, the baby would be also continuously shaking and moving.

Symptoms of pregnancy

During this week, fatigue would be likely to continue. If this has not started already, then the increasing levels of hormone, which reach its peak at week 10, might make you feel sick or vomiting in the morning.

Eating frequent and small meals could help to alleviate nausea and regulate amount of sugar in blood. In addition, taking more protein or consuming more peppermint and ginger might also help you have a better feeling. You might even have difficulty sleeping, frequent urination or heartburn as all of those symptoms are normal.

In general, there is a wide range of common symptoms during pregnancy, depending on individual condition. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable or extreme, call a doctor immediately to get some suggestions or reassurance.

What should you do to keep a healthy pregnancy

If you have not already, then make an appointment with a midwife or doctor to have your first prenatal examination.

At this appointment, you would likely provide a sample of urine to confirm your pregnancy, give the medical history, get the blood drawn to examine levels of hormone, and discuss your concerns and thoughts. In addition, you might even take an early ultrasound test to measure the heart rate and growth of the baby to know its exact due date.

In general, it is useful to have a list of questions at this appointment. In fact, there is not a wrong or right thing to ask. The following are some suggestions for you:

  • Are the supplements or medicines you are taking still appropriate?
  • Which kinds of exercise are safe and helpful during pregnancy?
  • Are there any foods or activities that you should stay away?
  • Are there any risks in your pregnancy?
  • What tests should you take during the pregnancy?
  • What should you do if you feel something wrong?

Exercise is another method that you could take care of the baby and your body during this period. If you had been active before getting pregnant, it is normal to keep most of your daily activities with the permission from a doctor.

Walking is especially effective simply because it is a total-body and low-impact exercise that you could do almost anywhere.

When to see a doctor

Unexpected loss of above symptoms does not always mean that there is something wrong with the pregnancy. In fact, nausea and sore breasts could just come and go.

As I said before, if you have some reasons to concern or different feeling, call the doctor immediately. Symptoms of miscarriage could include anything from bleeding or vaginal spotting to passing the tissue from your vagina to cramping.

There might also be no symptoms of miscarriage. Several couples find that their babies has passed at the first ultrasound test.

Experts estimate that nearly 20 per cent of pregnancies would end in miscarriage. In fact, the case could feel rather disastrous, but if you face this problem, you are not alone. Generally, miscarriage is often caused by some chromosomal anomalies, which are not under the control of a mother.

The good thing is that when you hear the heartbeat of your baby on an ultrasound test after 8 weeks of pregnancy, the risk of miscarriage would decrease to abound 1.5 per cent.

Nancy D. Richardson

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