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8 weeks pregnant


8 weeks pregnant | pregnancy guide

Your baby is now about the size of a raisin - 1.6cm and weighs 1g...

Your growing baby

The embryonic stage has finished and your baby will be referred to as a foetus from now on.

The head has uncurled a little and the trunk is beginning to straighten out and, though you can't feel it yet, your baby is constantly moving around. The upper and lower limbs all show recognisable elbow and knee joints and the lower limbs are starting to become bone (ossify). The hands and feet are developing, and even though the toes and fingers are webbed, they are starting to look like individual digits.

Your baby is finally starting to take on some very distinct human features, with eyes, which are shut, and the beginning of lips and a tongue in the mouth.

Your baby's heart is beating at around 150 times a minute.

What's happening to you

Your pregnancy may be starting to take its toll with you experiencing extreme tiredness, possibly some abdominal cramping and tender breasts. Your uterus is expanding to accommodate your growing baby.

You may experience an increase in the amount of saliva you produce and notice that it has an unpleasant bitter taste. This excessive salivation is caused by pregnancy hormones and is known as ptyalism. It is completely harmless and should disappear after the first trimester.

The volume of blood in your body is increasing and this can make you thirstier than usual so you need to drink plenty of liquids.

Need to know

Things for you to consider during week 8 of your pregnancy:

  • Exhaustion can be very debilitating, so treat yourself gently and try to take naps when you need them.
  • Now is the time to eat healthily and ditch unwanted calories. Cut down on sugary foods like cakes and biscuits and try to eat more fruit and vegetables.
  • Aim to drink at least eight glasses of fluid a day.
  • Think about the questions you want to ask your doctor at your next appointment. It's a good idea to write these down so that you don't forget anything important.

What to expect at week 9 of your pregnancy...

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