Pregnancy Week 8
Maybe you are stuffy in the nose? Although there is no major problem, you are
not alone in it. Every third pregnant woman suffers from stuffy nose. In
addition, it is quite common to bleed nosebleeds. It is the mucous membranes in
the nose that swell up and make it difficult to breathe normally. A good piece
of advice that can help at night is to keep it cool in the bedroom.
The embryo has got elbows and can bend both them and knees. Fingers and toes
begin to appear, and the digestive system continues to evolve. The embryo can
move if it touches it through the wall of the uterus. The embryo is now about 22
mm long and weighs about 4 g.
Pregnancy is not a disease. If the mother is completely healthy and not
exposed to any dangerous stresses or illnesses during pregnancy, the result of a
pregnancy is also almost always normal. But even though abnormal events are
exceptions, we all know that accidents and unexpected complications occur. Read
Pregnancy Week 7
Now you have probably booked your first visit with the midwife. In most
regions of Sweden, midwives meet already during pregnancy week 5–6. During this
visit, you usually take blood tests to check, for example, iron levels, blood
type and any immunity. In addition, the midwife takes urine samples, measures
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and then discuss, among other things, diet and alcohol. If there is something
you are wondering about, it may be wise to write it down on a note before you
reach the midwife. The midwife visit can go fast, and many forget to ask about
things they have been thinking about.
The embryo is now 8–11 millimeters long, and this week it starts to move
spontaneously. Arms and hands develop quickly, the elbows start to appear and
you can see the hints of thumbs and fingers. The feet are also growing and
towards the end of the week the foot soles are visible. The embryo has its own
If the fetus is alive at week 8, the risk of miscarriage over the next 20
weeks is 3%. For mothers under 30, this figure is 2%. For mothers over 40, the
figure is between 5 and 10%.
The mother's age is crucial to the occurrence of miscarriage. A Danish survey
showed that 13.5% of all pregnancies ended in miscarriage. In the 20-24 year age
group, the risk was 8.9%. In the age group 35 years the risk was 20%, and in the
age group over 44 the risk was 74.7%.
Read more about miscarriage.
Pregnancy Week 6
In addition to nausea, that you kiss more often, get headaches and mood
swings, some suffer from digestive problems. Heartburn, constipation and
bloating are common. Because even though the stomach is not visible, it feels
like something is happening in it. The cause of the trouble is the many hormonal
changes in the body.
Some think it helps to drink plenty of water. A few extra glasses of water a
day can also help with headaches. Keep in mind that the body also contains more
water than before.
The embryo is now 7–9 mm long. During the early stages of pregnancy, the
embryo goes through three sets of kidneys. This week, the second set is formed.
The embryo grows about a millimeter a day, and the palms are now starting to
become visible. The head and brain grow rapidly and the liver has begun to take
over the production of blood cells. The heart rate of the embryo is twice as
fast as yours and is usually between 110 and 160 beats per minute.
Pregnancy and diet
The food we eat should cover the energy needs (the calories) the body
consumes daily, plus what is needed to maintain body functions. During
pregnancy, energy needs increase. The woman's body grows. The mammary glands
develop and the breasts grow larger, the placenta and uterus grow, and the
amount of blood in the body increases. In addition, the child's growth and
development requires their share of the nutrition that the mother gets. In other
words, the pregnant woman should eat for two, but not for two adults. The extra
energy needed during pregnancy corresponds roughly to the nutritional content of
the following meal: a slice of bread with cold cuts, a glass of light milk and
Pregnancy Week 5
Maybe the nausea has gotten worse, and it is not at all certain that you will
only feel bad in the mornings. The womb is big like a tennis ball, but nothing
is visible yet.
If you have a cat, it may be good to have someone else clean the cat box.
Cats often carry an infection from an organism called Toxoplasma gondii, which
in humans can cause the disease toxoplasmosis. If you become infected you hardly
notice it, but in the worst case it can lead to serious damage to the fetus. The
infection occurs through the cat's stools, so there is no need to get rid of the
cat. Just avoid all contact with the cat's feces and sandbox, and be quick to
wash your hands.
There is no major reason to worry about toxoplasmosis. In Norway, it is
estimated that approximately 100 children are infected during pregnancy each
year, which means about 1 case of 2 800 newborn babies.
Towards the end of the week, the embryo is 4–6 mm long. Blood circulation has
been established and the embryo has body, head and four buds that will turn into
arms and legs. Studies of the embryo during pregnancy week 6 show that at this
stage you can also clearly see the tendons for the liver, pancreas, lungs and
stomach. In addition, the embryo has an eye, ear, nervous system, face and
Pregnancy and alcohol
It has long been known that alcohol during pregnancy can be dangerous for the
baby. In ancient Greece it was forbidden for newlyweds under 30 to drink wine or
spirits because of the risk of having alcohol-damaged children. In modern times,
this has been confirmed by countless research reports, but no one knows where
the limit goes for harmful consumption.