Week 8

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You’ve reached the two month mark already (just 32 weeks to go) and by now your body has gone through all sorts of incredible changes. Although your bump may not be visible, your womb has already doubled in size, so those perfectly fitting pants may be starting to feel a bit snug around the waist, and those favourite comfy bra’s of yours might be digging into your skin due to your ever-expanding breasts.

Your Baby

Your baby is the size of a raspberry and weighs in at 1 gram and measures 16mm. Your little one is growing about a millimeter a day this week and is slowly starting to look less like a tadpole and a little more like a baby. Webbed hands and feet are starting to develop and they are starting to move their limbs up and down frantically. Their tail is just about gone too. Although the sex of your child was determined during conception, it’s still too early to tell if it’s a boy or girl. At this early stage, your baby is already developing taste buds.

Your Body

Your hormones are still freaking out, and a heightened sense of smell will be one of the many pregnancy symptoms you may encounter at this stage. This probably doesn’t help the already queasy feeling you might be experiencing throughout the day. You may also find that you suddenly can’t stand the sight and smell of your favourite treats and have an absurd craving for food that previously had you running for the hills. Also, don’t be alarmed if you’re having bizarre dreams, it’s a common occurrence during this stage. Your body has kicked into overdrive, so if you’re feeling extra fatigued or extremely hungry it’s primarily because your hormones and body are still trying to adjust to the rapid changes taking place inside of you. If you’re feeling absolutely exhausted, make sure you take time to rest.

Sensible Tips

  • By now you should have booked your appointment with your gynae (which should be coming up soon).
  • Go out and purchase a few comfortable items of clothing, including one or two bras. Don’t go too crazy on the shopping spree though, not because we don’t think you deserve it, but your rapid change in body shape will be sending you back to the shops in a few weeks time.