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Weekly Pregnancy Guide - Week 8
Weight: <0.1oz 1g
Length (CRL): 0.39" 1.0cm
Heart rate : 127 bpm
Tiny depressions have appeared where the eyes will form.
Your baby's hand and feet start to flatten out and now look like paddles.
The tail is beginning to shorten.
The brain's cerebral hemispheres are noticeable.
The jaw and teeth buds begin to form, and your baby's sense of smell begins to develop.
The heart begins to separate into four chambers.
Intestines start to form in the umbilical cord (yes, outside the baby's body!)
Your uterus is expanding and so is your waistline.
If this is your first pregnancy, you're probably not showing yet. Women tend to show earlier in subsequent pregnancies since the muscles and ligaments aren't as tight as the first time.
Some women experience breakouts of pimples and other skin problems, caused by hormonal changes as well as an increase in oil secretions. These often stop after the first trimester, or latest after delivery.
You may also experience some heartburn and indigestion as your body adjusts to pregnancy hormones.


Week 8 Fetus Picture(s):

week 4 embryo blastocyst

week 4 embryo blastocyst

Week 8 pregnant belly picture:

week 2 - pregnant belly


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