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Pregnancy Week 8

Pregnancy Week 8

Pregnancy Week 8

At Week 8 your little one is only the size of a raspberry. Lips and eyelids will now be forming and your little one’s heart is beating at an incredible 150 to 170 times a minute.

Since last week, your baby has grown from 10 milimetres to 25 millimetres and has all their major internal organs in place. Major joints like shoulders, elbows, hips and knees can also be clearly seen.

Beating Bloating and Constipation

Your baby is still tiny, so your pregnancy bump is unlikely to be showing. However, you may want to opt for more comfortable clothing as many women suffer from the twin delights of bloating and flatulence at this stage of pregnancy.

The hormone relaxin helps relax your muscles, which means your intestinal tract relaxes too. This slows the passage of food and can lead to indigestion. Try to relax as you eat and avoid taking in too much air, which will help to reduce gassiness.

Frequent urination and constipation are symptoms in the early stages of pregnancy. Constipation affects 1 in 4 pregnant women. If you suffer from constipation, you can alleviate symptoms with a diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables. Keeping hydrated can also help you to stay regular!

This means drinking around 1.5 litres of water a day. Some fruit juices like apricot and prune can help as they contain sorbitol, a natural laxative — but beware of drinking too much as they are packed with sugar.

Following a Healthy Diet

Cravings at this time are common but if you find yourself yearning for non-food substances like chalk or dirt, consult your doctor. It is thought that the body sometimes craves these substances when it is lacking in vitamins or minerals that are available as part of a healthy diet. This practice is known as pica — after the Latin for magpie, a bird that is notorious for eating almost anything.

You should also be careful if your pregnancy cravings take you to sushi, undercooked meat, alcohol or unpasteurised cheeses — which should all be avoided during pregnancy.

Don’t be surprised if you are craving sweet, sour or salty foods. This is the time in your life when you may not be able to say no to durian or ice kacang! Many people find it difficult to resist the strong urge of a pregnancy food craving — but you can make your cravings healthier.

Instead of reaching for a bag of potato crisps, bake your own potato wedges and add a little seasoning. Likewise if it’s sugar you crave, turn to fruit such as berries instead of a mound of doughnuts.

Youtube Common Pregnancy Symptoms Video

Watch this video on the 6 Common Pregnancy Symptoms in 1st Trimester by Dr Tan Thiam Chye


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MBBS (S'pore), M.Med(O&G) (S'pore) Head & Senior Consultant Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology KK Women's and Children's Hospital Director (Clinical), Office of Patient Experience Deputy Director (Education), KKH Campus Associate Professor Duke - NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

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