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8 Weeks Pregnant: What's Happening

Your baby will now start to develop fingers and toes.

At 8 weeks pregnant, your baby’s eyes are now developing a more defined colour. Your baby’s genitals have also started to develop, but are simply a small bud at this point so no clear indication of sex is possible just yet.

Your baby’s respiratory system is developing and the connection from throat to lungs is starting. Your baby’s primitive neural pathways are also developing and are connecting to the nerve cells in the brain.

Pregnancy calendar - 8 weeks

Your baby is now the size of a...

Kidney bean. Your baby will now start to develop fingers and toes from what previously looked like little paddles.And although you won’t feel any movement, your baby will be very active now.

Pregnancy symptoms at 8 weeks

Your breasts are now visibly bigger, and probably still tender, your body is shaping up for breastfeeding your baby. Other symptoms include fatigue, morning sickness, a heightened sense of smell, food cravings, mood swings, pregnancy cramps, weird dreams,

Tips and advice for pregnancy at 8 weeks

If you have not been to the doctor, you should start now, you will have regular appointments throughout your pregnancy, typically once a month for the first 30 weeks, then fortnightly, and from 36 weeks, weekly.

These visits are to check on the progress of your pregnancy, you will have your weight and blood pressure taken, and doctor or midwife will check on the position of your baby, and listen to baby’s heartbeat. You will have your urine checked and any other tests necessary as the weeks progress. Remember, keep a note of any questions you may have, and ask them when you are there.

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