No progressed planets through the 8th. I have six planets in my first house, one in second house, one on IC, one in 9th house and my chart ruler in 12th house. I'll never have any progressed planets in my 8th (other than progressed moon). My chart is in my profile if you'd like to have a look.
or strong aspects to the ruler of the 8th?
The ruler of my 8th (Taurus) is Venus in 12th.
With my first pregnancy, I had progressed moon conjunct natal Venus as well as progressed Jupiter trining Venus. Progressed Venus was semi-sextile natal Venus and conjunct my Asc!
With my second pregnancy, progressed Jupiter was in a seperating trine to natal Venus.