8 Weeks Pregnant - Your Baby Is Taking Shape

Your baby is taking shape

This week, your baby is starting to look more like a baby! Their face is beginning to take shape and their mouth and nostrils are starting to develop. The heart has divided into chambers and is beating about 150 beats per minute - about twice the rate of an adult’s!

Your baby's development

Baby as big as a raspberry

Length 15 mm Weight 1 g

Your baby's development

In medical terms, your baby is now called a foetus, which is Latin for 'young one' or 'offspring'.

They measure around 15mm long from the crown of their head to their bottom.

Your baby’s eyes, mouth and nose are becoming more defined. Eyelids are beginning to develop but they are still fused shut.

The buds of your baby’s milk teeth are starting to form around now. Meanwhile bone cells are beginning to form and their tiny joints are developing. Until now your baby’s fingers and toes have had a webbed appearance. This webbing is now thinning out.

Every organ is now in place in your baby’s body and unique fingerprints are beginning to form.

Your body

If morning sickness is preventing you from eating your normal healthy balanced diet, don’t worry. Your body will provide for your baby first, so even if you only manage to eat small amounts, your baby should receive the nutrition they need.

Make the food that you can eat count. Choose nutrient rich fresh foods when possible and try to include protein, such as lean meat and legumes, especially if you can’t tolerate dairy foods at the moment.


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Please Note: These pregnancy week-by-week articles, are meant to give you a general sense of the growth and development going on within you. However, it’s important to remember that every baby develops differently, even during pregnancy.

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