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Pregnancy Week 8

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The Mom:
In the next few weeks, you will have your first visit with your health care provider. You can expect it to be very thorough. Be prepared to give a full medical history, not just for yourself, but for your family. They will probably do several routine tests. Some of these will be repeated at every visit, while others will not.

Test usually performed at each visit include:

  • Blood pressure checks look for increased blood pressure which can be a sign of preeclampsia.

  • You can expect to be weighed at each visit. The average pregnancy weight gain is between 20 to 30 pounds. Most of this weight gain comes after the 20th week.

  • You can expect a urine test at each appointment to check for sugar, protein or ketones in your urine. Each of these can indicate that you are developing possible complications in your pregnancy.

  • You will also be examined to see if you have any swelling in your feet, ankles or wrists. These can also be indicators of preeclampsia.

  • Usually, during that first visit, you will be asked to have a blood test. This checks your blood type and RH factor, whether you are immune to Rubella, if you are anemic and many other serious health conditions.

  • You may also have an internal exam during this visit. If it's time for your yearly PAP smear, you may have that as well.


  • Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
  • Frequent Urination
  • Morning Sickness
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Occasional headaches

The Baby:
The crown to rump length of your baby is .56 - .8 inch now. So many things are changing in your baby every day now. If you could look at your baby closely, you'd see the tip of his nose and the eyelids developing, ears are forming as well. The heart and lungs are continuing to develop and now the bronchi (the tubes that lead to the the lungs from the trachea) are starting to branch out. Arms are growing longer and baby now has elbows!!! All this just 6 weeks after conception!!

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