8 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms and More

Your baby is growing at an amazing rate. How’s she measuring up this week? At a length of about ½ to ¾ of an inch right now, your little one has graduated from blueberry-sized to raspberry-sized.

But how big baby is has become a bit harder to estimate. Though growth occurs at about the rate of a millimeter a day, it isn’t necessarily just in height. Spurts can happen in the arms, legs, back and other parts of that tiny body, meaning big changes are coming every which way in the next few months.

Baby’s got lips, a nose and eyelids

What else is changing at 8 weeks pregnant? A close-up view of your little embryo would reveal your baby is looking a lot less reptilian and a lot more baby-like.

Even though she has webbed hands and feet, her teeny fingers and toes are just starting to differentiate and her tail is almost gone. You’d see an upper lip forming, the protruding tip of that cute button nose and tiny, very thin eyelids.

8 weeks ultrasound

Week 8 ultrasound 


Heartbeats and movements

All this growing is exciting for your baby, too. How do you know? Her heart is beating at the incredible rate of about 150 to 170 times per minute — roughly twice as fast as yours. And even though you can’t yet feel it, she’s now making spontaneous movements as she twitches her tiny trunk and limb buds.

Your baby’s digs are getting bigger, too. Amniotic fluid volume is increasing and your womb is expanding to accommodate its growing tenant.

8 weeks pregnant symptoms

At eight weeks pregnant, you may be experiencing the following symptoms:

  • sore or tender breasts
  • fatigue
  • morning sickness
  • minimal weight gain
  • nausea throughout the day
  • heartburn
  • frequent urination
  • difficulty sleeping

Fatigue will likely continue this week. If it hasn’t started already, your rising hormone levels, which will peak soon (around week 10), may give you some morning sickness. Morning sickness is poorly named, it really can happen at any time of the day. Eat crackers slowly to calm the nausea. This will usually resolve itself in 3 to 4 weeks. All of these experiences are normal.


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Eating small, frequent meals can help regulate blood sugar and alleviate nausea. Snacking on ginger and peppermint or consuming more protein may also help you feel better.

There is a broad range of symptoms from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. If anything feels extreme or makes you unusually uncomfortable, call your doctor to get some reassurance or suggestions.

32 weeks to go

That just about sums up week eight. Now’s the time to start keeping a journal about your pregnancy. Snap a few photos and jot down notes to remember this special time in your life. It may not feel like it now, but the next 32 weeks will go by in a flash.