>> Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Erm well, finally went for a checkup yesterday. We had already done the home pregnancy test about a couple of weeks ago and it was quite a strong positive for an early stage. I've been sick for almost a week now so it's time to tell the management of my new office. I wonder how they would react, since we only have 5 and a half female staff in the entire department.
Yeah, I have started to raid my closet for my old pregnancy pants. I can't wear normal jeans anymore. They just not comfortable. I also bought a pair of pregnancy jeans that have one of those kangaroo pouches in the front LOL. Hey, whatever works!
8 weeks pregnantHow your baby's growing
The tiny tail is disappearing and so many changes have taken place that your baby has changed from an embryo and is now officially a fetus. This is the critical stage when your baby's organs are forming. Read more information on your baby's development this week.
The baby is now constantly moving and shifting, though you won't be able to feel anything for several weeks. The arms have grown and the hands are now flexed at the wrists and meet over the heart. The legs are lengthening and the feet may be long enough to meet in front of the body. It's still almost impossible to tell whether you're going to have a boy or a girl - although reading old wives' tales for predicting gender can be fun.
How your life's changing
Though you're unlikely to have gained much weight, parts of you are certainly growing, like your breasts. Less obvious is the increase in your blood volume but by the end of pregnancy, you'll have 45 to 50 per cent more blood running through your veins to meet the demands of your baby. The extra demands on your circulation can make you prone to varicose veins and piles - read our self-help suggestions to help prevent problems developing.