Fingers! Toes! A tail?
While 8 weeks pregnant, quite possibly one of the most adorable parts of your newborn baby(who right now is about the size of a kidney bean) are beginning to form – fingers and toes. All together now….awwwww! Before you know it, your pregnancy will be over, being 8 weeks pregnant will be a distant memory, and you’ll be in the delivery room counting those tiny fingers and tiny toes. A little lower on the cute scale – did you know that your baby has a tail? That’s right, at 8 weeks, your baby’s “tail” is still there, but don’t worry, it will be gone soon. What a delivery room surprise that would be! Maybe it’s the strange little tail that’s responsible for your annoying pregnancy symptoms. Eh, probably not. Your baby’s brain and other vital organs continue to grow and become more sophisticated. Now that you’re 8 weeks pregnant, pregnancy may feel like it’s picking up some steam and your baby is growing fast.
The first of many visits…
Hopefully your first prenatal appointment is this week, or not long after you’ve reach the 8 weeks pregnant point of your pregnancy. The first appointment may feel a little nerve racking, but that’s normal. If your partner is able to come with you, he should. Including him in as many appointments as possible will be a great experience for both of you. Arrive at least thirty minutes before your appointment time, as you will need to fill out new patient paperwork. After that, you’ll get the run-down of the routine you will repeat throughout your pregnancy, not just at 8 weeks pregnant stage. First, you’ll provide a urine sample and then you will get weighed. Usually after that, you’ll return to the waiting room and wait for a nurse to call you in. At your first prenatal appointment, the doctor or midwife will most likely perform a full exam. They will be checking the size of your uterus for sure. Usually, listening to your baby’s heartbeat may be at an appointment other than the 8 weeks visit, but sometimes they will check. If they don’t hear the heartbeat, don’t be alarmed. It is still early and it may be hard to detect this early in your pregnancy.
Enough with the pregnancy symptoms already!
If you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms like nausea or mood swings, don’t be shy about bring it up at your first prenatal appointment. Some women may feel like they could be overreacting about pregnancy symptoms that are in fact really getting in the way of enjoying their pregnancy so far. Doctors and midwives have seen it all, every type of pregnancy symptoms you can imagine, and you will be surprised at how empathetic and helpful they will be to a woman who is experiencing some intense pregnancy symptoms. Though there are really no solid conclusions to why some women experience pregnancy symptoms and some do not, your doctor or midwife may be able to guide you through some strategies that may help. Above all, remember that pregnancy symptoms are nothing to scoff at. It’s a lot of work to grow a baby and pregnancy symptoms can make your important job that much more challenging.
Do I like you?
It’s very important that you feel comfortable with whomever you choose to get your prenatal care from throughout your pregnancy. Trust your gut. Who knows, maybe at this time in your pregnancy your sensitivity to personalities may be amplified and more accurate. The point is, you will be seeing this person a lot during your pregnancy. This doctor or midwife needs to be someone you trust and feel good about the relationship. If you get a funny feeling at that first prenatal visit, it would be a good idea to look into finding someone else right away that you do feel comfortable with for future visits. Your doctor or midwife will be the one in charge for the delivery of your baby. You may be feeling vulnerable, and the last thing you need during labor is your least favorite person in the room.
When to spill the beans about your little bean… now, or later?
At this point in your pregnancy, you are about a month away from ending your first trimester and entering your second. Roughly eighty percent of miscarriages occur in the first trimester, so some couples prefer to wait until the odds of losing a pregnancy decrease. Some even prefer to wait even longer, maybe to wait until pregnancy symptoms subside and they can celebrate properly with friends and family. Some couples like to wait longer to enjoy sharing a sweet secret. Whatever you decide, make sure you and your partner are on the same page. Once the cat is out of the bag, there’s no way to wrestle it back in!
Yep, this is really happening!
You are 8 weeks pregnant, and this is the time where the surreal starts to become real. Getting the official confirmation at your prenatal appointment is thrilling and maybe a little daunting. Even though you’ve taken the home pregnancy test weeks ago, having been enduring pregnancy symptoms starting around that time – the ball really starts rolling now. Make sure you are making all of your appointments, taking good care of yourself, and enjoying this incredible journey so far!