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8 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 8 weeks

Your baby is the size of a raspberry (length: 0.5“).

This week, hands and feet are forming tiny webbed fingers and toes. The tail your little one has been sporting starts to disappear.

Tummy works. As the intestines form, a middle loop moves into the umbilical cord because there's not enough room for it in the abdomen. Even at this early stage, the intestines are carrying waste away from the body. A month from now, when there's more room in your little one's belly, the intestines will move out of the cord and back into the abdomen.

Live wire. If you could poke your baby's body, you'd see it react with a jerk. The developing nervous system is already communicating with the muscles.

Measuring up. Your tiny resident is about the size of a kidney bean weighing in at about 0.25g and measuring anywhere from 7 to 17mm (roughly half an inch). Right now the embryo's shape is more cubical than round.

Your pregnancy at 8 weeks

Getting good care. There are many ways of having antenatal care in the UK: with your GP, with a midwife or directly with a consultant obstetrician. The first step is to register with your local antenatal clinic which you can do yourself online or speak to your GP. 8 weeks is a good time to do this so you are in time to arrange those first crucial appointments. You will be seen regularly for ante-natal check ups and at least 2 scans during the pregnancy.

When to tell. Some women tell close friends and family about their upcoming arrival right away. Others choose to wait until they're past the first trimester, when the risk of miscarriage is much lower.

Did you know? Your baby is very busy developing! His or her intestines are starting to form, tiny webbed fingers and toes are beginning to develop, and eyes appear on the side of the head.

Quick tip for mum: By now, you should have completed your first prenatal visit with your GP or midwife. If you’re experiencing morning sickness, try keeping crackers at your bedside to eat before you get up and strive for five to six small meals a day, rather than three large meals.

Don’t try and fight the tiredness – take plenty of rest and sleep.

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