8 weeks Pregnant
Your Developing Baby –
When you are 8 weeks pregnant, your baby’s length will be around (crown to rump) 0.61 inch (1.6cm) and weight will be around 0.04 ounce (1gm)
Fingers and toes are just beginning to form this week.
Now he can even flex his arms at the elbows and wrists.
The eyes are becoming more complex and start developing pigment (color) in the retina.The intestines are getting longer and there isn’t enough room for them in the baby’s abdomen, so they protrude into the umbilical cord.Now your baby’s body started developing genitals and started it’s appearance, but it’s just beginning, you can’t say whether your baby is a boy or a girl when you are 8 weeks pregnant.
The tongue begins to develop.
His embryonic tail is disappearing, but all his organs, muscles and nerves are beginning to function.
His brain becoming more complex, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways.
Your Changing Body –
Symptoms when you’re 8 weeks pregnant –
- Milk producing lobules start to expand.
- Sore breasts.
- fatique, Nausea & vomiting.
- Abdominal cramps.
- A heightened sense of smell.
Being 8 weeks pregnant, you should call and schedule your first prenatal visit. Your pregnancy may be monitored by one of several health care professionals, including an obstetrician, general practitioner, midwife, or family doctor. If your pregnancy is considered high risk (for example, if you have had multiple miscarriages, are older than 35, or have a history of pregnancy complications), your doctor may want to see you as early as possible and more often during the course of your pregnancy.
Good prenatal care is extremely important for the health and safe delivery of your baby, so be sure to make prenatal appointments a top priority.
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