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  Pregnancy Diary – Week 8

Posted by: Alyson @ 8:45 pm

At this point, my uterus is about the size of a orange and is slowly growing. That explains the cramping I’ve been feeling lately. The first time it happened, I panicked. I called my doctor at 3 AM, certain that I was having a miscarriage. My doctor reassured me, and told me that as long as the cramps aren’t severe and there’s no spotting, there’s nothing to worry about. That calmed me down a little, but I still analyze each cramp and wonder if I should be calling my doctor. Some Alyson's Pregnancy Diarywomen have cramps their whole pregnancy, but they can go away by the end of the first trimester.

After that 3 AM phone call, I was too wound up to go back to sleep, so I sat down to read about my baby at this stage.

At this stage, the baby is slightly smaller than an inch! That’s approximately the size of a kidney bean! The toes and fingers are finally taking shape and many body parts, such as the heart, eyes and mouth are continuing their rapid path to completion. In order to ensure a healthy baby, stay away from paint fumes, alcohol and smoking, certain fish and more than 1-2 cups of coffee/caffeine a day. Be sure to take your prenatal pills daily and to eat healthy. Many pregnant women are anemic, which can be dangerous to the fetus if severe. To avoid anemia, take your prenatals and try to eat iron-rich foods, such as beans, red meat, leafy vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. If you feel fatigued, short of breath, dizzy, white-lipped and pale, you may be anemic and you should see your doctor.

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