At 8 weeks pregnant you are in the first trimester. Your baby is about the size of a kidney bean, although it may not seem like it, your baby’s growth is well underway. Only 3 weeks ago (at the 5 week ultrasound) your baby was the size of an orange seed. You may be thinking about booking an early pregnancy scan, you can book an 8 week ultrasound scan by visiting pregnancy scans in our directory.
You are currently in your first trimester of pregnancy the second trimester begins at the end of week 13. Over the last couple of weeks you may be now suffering with morning sickness as well as other common symptoms due to the rise in pregnancy hormones.
Pregnancy Symptoms at 8 weeks pregnant
Pregnancy hormones are rising and pregnancy symptoms at 8 weeks pregnant can include:
- Morning sickness
- Sore breasts
- Frequent urination
- Emotional swings in mood
- Heightened sense of smell
- Bloating around the uterus
Pregnancy week eight
You are in week eight of your pregnancy, your last menstrual period was 8 weeks ago and although you ovulated around 6 weeks ago you are still considered 8 weeks pregnant. You are in the first trimester of your pregnancy until the end of week 13.
You may find you are a little nervous over the next few weeks whilst you wait for your first ultrasound through the NHS, this is usually in about a month from now. Being nervious is common for most women, it is important to remember that most pregnancys end up with a healthy baby at the end.
You should have reported your pregnancy to your doctor by now, once reported your doctor will schedule an appointment with a midwife to go through your family history and previous pregnancy experiences.
Pregnancy Ultrasound in the First Trimester
The NHS currently only offer 2 ultrasounds, your first ultrasound is around 12-13 weeks and is sometimes known as the dating scan (this is when you can find out your due date) and the second one is in the second trimester at around 20 weeks also known as the anomaly scan, in the 20 week scan the sonographer goes through various checks on your baby and your baby’s major organs to check they are healthy and growing as they should be, this is when you can find out your babies gender too.
Why go for an early ultrasound?
Early ultrasounds are incredibly popular for parents to be who are looking for that extra reassurance. If you have gone through IVF or if you have had multiple pregnancy losses you may be entitled to extra scans from the NHS.
Another reason you may be invited for an early ultrasound is if you have suspected ectopic pregnancy, these can be incredibly dangerous if left untreated.
If you are worried about miscarriage you may opt to go for an early ultrasound. To see the statistics on miscarriages at this rate you can see the following chart from Datazye
8 weeks miscarriage probability 5.2%
8 weeks, 1-day miscarriage probability 4.8%
8 weeks, 2 days miscarriage probability 4.4%
8 weeks, 3 days miscarriage probability 4.1%
8 weeks, 4 days miscarriage probability 3.9%
8 weeks, 5 days miscarriage probability 3.8%
8 weeks, 6 days miscarriage probability 3.6%
All your 8 week ultrasound questions answered
We ask Scan Practitioner Kathryn Scatchard from Early Days Baby Scan Wakefield commonly asked questions about the 8 week ultrasound;
Will it be a transvaginal ultrasound?
An 8-week scan can be performed transvaginally, but we use transabdominal at this stage of pregnancy.
Will I see the gestational sac at 8 weeks?
Yes, we can identify a gestational sac from approximately 5 weeks onwards.
Is the yolk sac visible on a 8-week ultrasound?
Yes, we can see a yolk sac from 5 to 5 and a half weeks onwards, so we would hope to see this at an 8 week scan.
What does an 8-week fetus look like on an ultrasound?
At 8 weeks baby is starting to develop more of a recognisable baby shape.
Is my baby’s heartbeat visible on the 8-week scan?
Yes, the baby’s heart starts beating from 5 and a half to 6 weeks onwards so we would hope to see the baby’s heart beating at an 8-week ultrasound.
Could I see twins on the 8-week ultrasound?
Yes, twins would be visible by an 8 week scan and can actually often be seen earlier than this.
Can you tell if twins are going to be identical on the 8-week scan?
It isn’t always possible to confirm whether a twin pregnancy is identical or not at 8 weeks, but sometimes this can be clearly seen.
Would the 8-week ultrasound be in 3d?
We wouldn’t usually use 3D at an 8-week scan because this doesn’t assist the assessment of your pregnancy and the baby may not look as ‘baby like’ as you’d hope to see later on in your pregnancy.
Can a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy be confirmed at the 8 week ultrasound?
During an 8-week early pregnancy scan we are locating and dating your pregnancy – this also includes checking for the baby’s heartbeat. If we are concerned that your pregnancy hasn’t progressed as expected or may not be in the correct place (ectopic pregnancy/pregnancy of unknown location) then we would discuss this with you and refer you for an NHS assessment at your local Early Pregnancy Unit.
Here are what other mybump2baby mums say about their scan at 8 weeks pregnant.
“My pregnancy was a worry from the beginning due to bleeding at around 5 weeks pregnant. My first pregnancy was normal and very smooth but the second time was scary. I had regular private pregnancy scans throughout every trimester, this made me feel a lot more positive and not as scared.” Lucy Liverpool
“There is nothing like seeing your babies arm and leg buds on your scan at 8 weeks, you can just about make them out. You can also see your baby’s head a bit more clearly by 8 weeks, i attended private scans with my ivf baby from about week 4 and i loved watching my growing baby develop before my eyes. I was so excited to be growing a little human” Stacey Cheshire
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