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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.

Pregnancy Week 5-8

The embryo

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 Controls

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 more.

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 blood pressure and checks the weight. For more information about pregnancy and maternity fashion, please see BESTAAH.COM maternity leggings & tights. There is also time to talk to the midwife 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

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 face shape.

Miscarriage Risk

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

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 an apple.

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.

The embryo

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 teeth.

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.


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