What's happening in week 8 of your pregnancy
Two months into your pregnancy and you are no doubt now feeling lots of changes.
At a glance
- Your baby is around two centimetres long now
- Your womb is already be twice its normal size!
- Their skin is still paper thin, almost transparent
How big is my baby at eight weeks?
Your baby is around two centimetres long now – still minuscule, but growing and developing every day. Their tiny little fingers and toes will have formed, and their heart will be beating an amazing 160 beats a minute! Their skin is still paper thin, and it still has that almost transparent, embryonic look. The colour pigment in their eyes is also starting to form at around eight weeks, but they won't properly open them until around 26 weeks.
Facts to know about your baby in week eight
- Your baby's little fingers and toes are starting to change from being titchy buds into actual digits
- Your baby is almost an inch long and about the size of an olive
- Your baby's diaphragm which will enable your baby to breathe and hiccup is developing now
- Until 20 weeks your baby is measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the buttocks
You at eight weeks pregnant
Eight weeks in and although you won't have a visible bump yet, your womb is already be twice its normal size! You might find this causes you to wee more often as it presses down on your bladder – get used to it, it's going to get a lot bigger yet!
You no doubt have your booking appointment in place now, and might be thinking about all the things you want to talk to the midwife about, such as antenatal screening tests. You're probably still feeling pretty exhausted at this point, too, and needing your rest and plenty of sleep. Go for it! Don't try and fight it if you are worn out. If your morning sickness is still making getting up and about difficult in the morning, check out our morning sickness page for some ideas to make it a little more bearable.
What to think about in week eight
You are probably already really curious as to whether your little baby is a boy or a girl! It's up to you and your partner to decide whether or not you find out the sex of your baby at your later scans - some parents-to-be like to know for practical purposes - what colour to decorate the nursery, or to help narrow down name lists - but others prefer to have a surprise on the day. Do bear in mind though, not all hospitals will tell you, although you could consider a private scan should you be desperate to find out! So what will you do? Find out in advance, or discover for yourself on d-day? You could always check out our 'boy or girl?' or nub theory pages to have a bit of fun guessing!
Facts to know about you in week eight
- To prepare your body for birth, you produce a hormone called relaxin which softens your joint ligaments
- Only 7 % of women get cravings
- Pregnant women should avoid contact with ewes and newborn lambs
Watch our videos below:
Video 1: Dealing with morning sickness
Video 2: The first scan (12 weeks)
Video 3: Pregnancy exercise from Nuffield Health