8 Weeks Pregnant – Mother’s Progress

At 8 weeks pregnant most women already know that they have some big life changes going on by now. Between 8-12 weeks is usually when your first antenatal appointment, also called ‘the booking visit’ will take place (the earlier the better). This will be the longest visit of all as a full medical background questions and answers will be conducted to establish any previous pregnancies and/or complications you may have had and establish any significant family medical conditions (such as diabetes). A blood and urine sample will be taken, along with your weight and height. A detailed plan will be drawn up outlining your personal prenatal healthcare requirements for the duration of your pregnancy.

8 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound – Prenatal Visit

Usually after your first visit, monthly routine check-ups will then be carried out up until week 28 then every couple of weeks until week 36. Thereafter, they will be weekly until the birth. If you have any existing medical conditions, you’re expecting twins or any other complications develop in the meantime then you may have more check-ups the usual. If you are considered to have a ‘low-risk’ pregnancy then you may not need as many check-ups. Your doctor will advise you of the approach to be taken after your first initial assessment. It is not advisable to miss any of your appointments as these are there to ensure the well-being of yourself and your baby.

Always be sure to have ready any questions you may have and make a note of the date of the first day of your last period and dates of any previous pregnancies or miscarriages you may have had in the past. It is always a good idea to bring your partner along with you if at all possible as this will help him to engage into the process early on.

Understanding your antenatal booking notes at 8 weeks pregnant:

Alb – Albumin protein found in urine
BP – Blood Pressure
Br – Breech (baby is bottom down in the womb)
Ceph – Cephalic (baby is head down)
CS – Caesarian Section

EDC – Expected Date of Confinement
EDD – Estimated Date of Delivery
Eng/E – Engaged. Head down in pelvic cavity ready for birth
Fe – Iron has been prescribed
FH – Fetal Heart
FHH/NH – Fetal Heart Heard/Not Heard (from 14 weeks)
FHHR – Fetal Heart Heard and Regular
FMF – Fetal Movements Felt
Hb – Haemoglobin level (indicates anaemia if low)
LMP – Last Menstrual Period

LSCS – Lower Segment Caesarian Section
Multigravida – A woman who has been pregnant before
NAD/Nil/3 – Nothing Abnormal Detected (in your urine)
NE – Not Engaged. Head has not yet dropped into the pelvic cavity
Oed/Ed – Edema. Swelling of the hands, feet and ankles

Para 0 – Woman has no other children
Para 1 – Woman has 1 child
PET – Pre-Eclampsia Toxaemia
PP – Presenting Part. Lowest lying part of the baby

Primagravida – A woman who is in her first pregnancy

SFH – Symphysis Fundal Height. Height measurement of the womb
TCA – To Come Again
Vx – Vertex (also means baby is head down)

Baby At 8 Weeks Pregnant – Prenatal Medical Professionals

8 weeks pregnant – Different types of healthcare workers that may be involved in your pregnancy:

Midwife – He or she is an independent practitioner who may work not only in the hospital but in and around the community doing home visits. The are responsible for the care and well-being of you and your baby and can offer practical advice before, during and after the birth. If there are any complications with the pregnancy, they will liaise closely with the obstetrician.

Health Visitor – These are community workers that will contact you before and after the birth to ensure the well-being of mother and child and advise of issues of adjustment, bonding, breastfeeding and any other ‘new’ mother questions you may have.

Doctor – This is usually your initial point of contact. They will advise you on your options and write to your community midwife and all subsequent healthcare workers will usually refer back to the Doctor’s original notes on the pregnancy.

Obstetrician – This is a Doctor that is specialised in the field of pregnancy and all things related. You will usually have an obstetrician involved if you have any medical conditions or complications with the pregnancy that needs special attention. A consultant obstetrician is the senior specialist.

Paediatrician – This is a specialist that deals in the healthcare of children. You will have a Paediatrician on hand at the birth if the birth is not expected to be straightforward, such as a multiple, premature or induced birth, C-section or a forceps delivery. They will monitor the baby’s health and oversee any assisted healthcare required for the child.

By the time you are 8 weeks pregnant, your kidneys will be processing a lot more blood and fluid. Your body will actually contain around 10% more blood volume than normal.

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