Pregnancy week 8

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8 weeks pregnant: What to expect

2015/04/06

Your baby at 8 weeks pregnant

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 have moved back into the abdomen and out of the cord.

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

Measuring up. Your tiny resident is about the size of a gum ball, 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. Whether you pick an ob-gyn, a family physician, a nurse practitioner or a midwife, it's important that you’re comfortable with his or her philosophy and practices. Your visits are usually scheduled once a month until the last two months, then more frequently until birth. These check-ups offer the perfect opportunity to ask questions and bring up concerns, large or small.

When to tell. Some women tell close friends and family right away. Others choose to wait until they're past the first trimester, when the risk of miscarriage has diminished.

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