8 Weeks Pregnant

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Your Body

Holy heartburn! Indigestion and bloating are common complaints of pregnancy -- symptoms that are caused by a slowed digestive process, which actually allows your body to better absorb nutrients that reach your baby. Feeling the burn? All puffed... Read more

Your Baby

In terms of development, your baby's heart already has four chambers -- and  blood is circulating throughout the body. Arteries and veins are forming, and the intestines have moved within the umbilical cord, which will later migrate back into... Read more

Your Life Right Now

Got weight gain on the brain now that you're 8 weeks pregnant? Concerned about putting on the “right” amount of pregnancy pounds? Every mom-to-be wants to gain weight.  Typically you’re shooting for that 25- to 35-pound... Read more

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

Morning Sickness: "To relieve it, I chew peppermint gum. Anything peppermint helps take that edge off for me!"... Read more

8 Weeks Pregnant: Your Body

Holy heartburn! Indigestion and bloating are common complaints of pregnancy -- symptoms that are caused by a slowed digestive process, which actually allows your body to better absorb nutrients that reach your baby. Feeling the burn? All puffed up? Try wearing loose-fitting clothes (not frumpy sweats, by any means -- just stuff that’s not skin-tight), and follow this nutritional advice: eat small, frequent meals, chew your food thoroughly and avoid fatty and spicy foods. And sip lots of water! Just a reminder: Don’t go popping any pills -- even an OTC antacid -- without talking to your doctor first and making sure the meds are safe for you to take.

8 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby

In terms of development, your baby's heart already has four chambers -- and  blood is circulating throughout the body. Arteries and veins are forming, and the intestines have moved within the umbilical cord, which will later migrate back into your little one’s abdominal cavity (odd but true). Just after the end of this week you may see the beginnings of toe rays -- what will eventually become her 10 little piggies. The external ears are starting to present and the baby’s brain continues to rapidly develop and enlarge. Other fascinating happenings: The sex organs are forming, although there’s no obvious external sign of gender yet. And your baby can make tiny movements such as twitching her trunk and limb buds. Don’t get too excited, though. These early “movements” are not yet perceptible.

Your Life Right Now

Got weight gain on the brain now that you're 8 weeks pregnant? Concerned about putting on the “right” amount of pregnancy pounds? Every mom-to-be wants to gain weight.  Typically you’re shooting for that 25- to 35-pound recommended gain (more if you’re underweight or carrying multiples and less if you’re overweight). But if you’ve been dealing with a bad case of morning sickness, nausea or food aversions, at this stage you may actually find yourself down a few pounds, rather than up -- and, naturally, be concerned. On the flip side, you may worry that you’ve gained more weight than you should this early on. These types of weight blips usually work themselves out and are often nothing to worry about. Many women go through growth spurts -- where they put on several pounds rapidly, but then level off and may not gain as much. And while your doctor will want to monitor any weight loss during your first trimester and throughout your pregnancy, usually it’s completely harmless -- and you’ll notice that once your appetite returns in your second and third trimesters, you’ll make up for it. (That’s when the majority of weight gain happens, anyway.)

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

Morning Sickness: "To relieve it, I chew peppermint gum. Anything peppermint helps take that edge off for me!" --mommy_2_n_angel

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I've made my 8-week appointment with an OBGYN, but I’m questioning if I want a regular doc or a midwife. I’m not sure of the major differences between the two. My fear is that I’ll hop from provider to provider trying to find the right one -- and then barely know whovever ends up delivering the baby! --lamom1028

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