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8th Week of Pregnancy

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Tiny Fingers and Toes

Baby's Growth and Development at 8 Weeks Pregnant

When you’re between 7 and 8 weeks pregnant, your baby’s body parts and proportions continue to develop and change quickly. Here’s what’s going on during your 8th week of pregnancy:

  • At 8 weeks pregnant, your baby is now around the length of a lima bean.
  • Your baby’s tiny fingers and toes develop.
  • Your baby’s arms and legs grow longer.
  • By the 8th week of your pregnancy, your baby’s wrists, elbows, and ankles are visible.
  • Your baby’s eyelids form and ears, upper lip, and nose tip become more defined.

Your Changing Body at 8 Weeks Pregnant

At 8 weeks pregnant, your body continues to show signs of the many changes ahead. Emotionally, the joy of finding out you’re pregnant may give way to feelings of anticipation, anxiety, or fear. It’s totally normal. Try to put your mind at ease by talking with your Healthcare Professional about your concerns and by making good choices that support your health and wellness long term.

Here’s what’s going on during your 8th week of pregnancy:

  • Your breasts enlarge as the milk-producing glands grow.
  • Your uterus enlarges inside your pelvis as your baby grows during the 8th week of pregnancy.
  • At 8 weeks pregnant, your cervix continues to soften as it will throughout pregnancy to prepare for childbirth.

Wellness and Nutrition at 8 Weeks Pregnant

What should you avoid during pregnancy? Most Healthcare Professionals agree that you’ll want to stay away from:

  • Activities that could cause you to fall, or put pressure or force on your belly
  • Overly vigorous, intense exercise — if you're too out of breath to talk, you're probably exercising too hard
  • Alcohol, smoking, and caffeine (ask your Healthcare Professional about how much caffeine you should have daily, if any)
  • Saccharine and herbal sweeteners (ask your Healthcare Professional if artificial sweeteners are OK).
  • Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications (talk with your Healthcare Professional about what’s OK during pregnancy)
  • Exposure to chemicals and fumes from paints, cleaning products, and solvents. Latex, or acrylic, paint generally is considered to be safe. But check with your Healthcare Professional so you can safely and confidently help with the nursery or other projects around the house.
  • Saunas and hot tubs
  • Chemical treatments for your hair, such as dye and perms