Pregnancy Week by Week

Pregnancy Week by Week: 8 Weeks Pregnant

When you are eight weeks pregnant, you will most likely have your first prenatal doctor's visit. At this time, the doctor can confirm your pregnancy and make sure there are no potential problems. Your blood pressure, urine, and blood will also be tested.
 
Your baby is now approximately 0.56 to 0.8 inches long, from crown to rump. That is equivalent to the size of a pumpkin seed. He or she weighs about 0.1 ounces.
 
The following developments also typically occur during this week:
 
  • The leg buds divide into thigh, leg, and foot units
  • The arm buds divide into hand, arm, elbow, and shoulder units
  • The arms and legs move
  • Cartilage and bones begin to form.
 
You may experience the following symptoms:
 
  • Acne
  • Increase in hormones
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Tummy pooch
  • Nausea
  • Extreme fatigue.
 
(Click 8 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
 

The Ninth Week

At nine weeks pregnant, you will have missed your second period.
 
Your baby is now about 1 inch long and weighs about one-eighth of an ounce. The embryonic tail at the bottom of your baby's spinal cord is shrinking, and your baby's head is now nearly half the size of its entire body.
 
The following developments typically occur during this week:
 
  • Nipple and hair follicles begin to form
  • The abdomen and chest cavities become separate
  • Eye muscles and upper lip develop
  • First fetal movements can be detected using an ultrasound.
 
It's important to get plenty of calcium in your diet during this point in your pregnancy to ensure adequate development of your baby's teeth and bones. Good sources of calcium include:
 
  • Cheese
  • Sardines
  • Broccoli.
     
If you are still experiencing morning sickness, real ginger (not artificial ginger) may help alleviate it. Real ginger can be found in:
 
  • Ginger ale
  • Ginger tea
  • Gingersnaps
  • Gingerroot capsules.
 
(Click 9 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
 
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