8 weeks pregnant
Your baby’s development
Your baby now measures around 1.6cm long and is called a fetus after eight weeks of development. They are becoming more recognizable as human. Bones and organs continue to develop and fingers are beginning to form.
You & your body
If you’re feeling sick then you’re definitely not alone! It happens to two out of three pregnant women during early pregnancy. Your nausea may be more noticeable in the morning but it can occur at any time. The bad news is that it tends to be at its worst around now and for another few weeks, but by week 14 about half of pregnant moms feel no further symptoms and you can get on with enjoying a healthy pregnancy diet.
For the rest it can take a little longer, although symptoms can come and go throughout pregnancy. We know it’s not a total comfort, but nausea and morning sickness feelings are almost always associated with a healthy pregnancy. These tried and tested solutions are certainly worth a go:
• Try to nibble on some dry crackers or biscuits before getting out of bed in the morning
Try to eat small frequent meals to keep something in your stomach
• Even if you find you can’t tolerate food, it’s very important to keep drinking fluids. If you find it difficult to drink anything try sucking on ice cubes, ice lollies, or sips of fruit juice.
• Motion sickness bands can work for morning sickness too! You wear them on your wrist to press on an acupuncture point and they might just help.
• Try ginger – it has proven effective for many people. Why not try ginger ale, dry ginger biscuits, ginger tea or root ginger grated into boiling water?