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8 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect Your 8th Week of Pregnancy

Author of “What to Expect When Expecting” and the “What to Expect” series Heidi Murkoff reveals what’s happening to your baby at week 8 of pregnancy.

Your baby is growing at an amazing rate — about a millimeter every day and is about the size of a raspberry. What else is changing at 8 weeks pregnant? Your baby now has lips, a nose, and eyelids forming.

Grow, grow, grow. That’s what your baby’s doing around the clock at a pretty spectacular rate. By week 8, your baby measures just over half an inch long and has grown from blueberry size to the size of a big juicy raspberry. Much of baby’s bulk is taken up by its big head, where all that brain building activity is going on. Nerve cells are multiplying and connecting with each other – the beginnings of a neural network that will later transmit messages from brain to body.

But it’s not just the brain that’s bulking up. Growth spurts are happening all over baby’s body now. One place you’ll notice a big change: the arms and legs. Those limbs are getting longer and stronger thanks to newly developing cartilage and bones. Joint formation is also on the agenda this week, which means shoulders, elbows, and knees are just around the bend.

Fortunately, your baby’s tadpole tail isn’t part of these growth spurts. It’s completely gone now and your embryo finally looks less reptilian and more human. He’s got the beginnings of a neck, the upper lip is forming, and there’s the sweet suggestion of a button nose. Tiny eyelids cover tiny eyes, and fingers and toes are developing, though they’re still webbed.

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Your baby’s umbilical cord is visible now, and the intestines are starting to develop inside of it. Don’t worry! Those intestines will migrate into baby’s belly soon enough. Baby’s heart has divided into the right and left chambers and is beating around 150 beats per minute now. That’s more than twice the rate of yours!

It’s not just baby who’s getting bigger by the day. His cozy quarters are also getting bigger. Your amniotic fluid increases by about two tablespoons a week so your roomie’s got room to move and to keep on growing. It won’t be long before your bigger-by-the-minute baby and uterus start making your bump look bigger by the minute, too.

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zaara shaikh
zaara shaikh
2 years ago

I m 8weeks pregnant…this is my first baby…I pray to Allah that all the babies grow healthy..Ameen

Babyi Mizo
Babyi Mizo
2 years ago

doctor said my baby is 8 weeks pregnant but ultrasound did not see my baby and sac i am very sad

Barbie Resoles
Barbie Resoles
1 year ago

I am expecting twins. Anyone a single mom over here?😀 double everything!👏👏👏

Jean Dufresne
Jean Dufresne
1 year ago

I’m 8 weeks pregnant 🤰 and I am so happy 🥰

Aubrianne Marie
Aubrianne Marie
1 year ago

Vaxxed movie is so awesome
Free on YouTube check it out packed full heavy 💪 great facts to know

Clara
Clara
1 year ago

I'm 8 weeks pregnant and this's my first baby, I'm so happy. Pray that we make it thru these nine months.

Heather HUNTER
Heather HUNTER
1 year ago

I am 8weeks pregnant and 3days… I am due December 29th 2019…

Kylie Weems
Kylie Weems
1 year ago

I'm 8 weeks💜

Raciel Delos Reyes
Raciel Delos Reyes
1 year ago

❤️im 8wks pregnant now😇💕its very difficult😫lots of vomiting with severe nausea and headache😢😫

Shamika Tucker
Shamika Tucker
1 year ago

I'm 8wks good luck to everyone me not so lucky

Sunita Katwal
Sunita Katwal
1 year ago

I m 8weeks pregnant.I am so happy to hear my baby heartbeat today.

Me Kinny
Me Kinny
1 year ago

For some reason I love they ways she talks!

Ziya Aamir
Ziya Aamir
1 year ago

I'm 8 weeks pregnant today lost 2 babies since 2017 please pray for me

Anela Lookonthingsabove
Anela Lookonthingsabove
1 year ago

I'm 8 weeks today, due March 2020. Who else is 8 weeks and due March?

april reyna Hartman
april reyna Hartman
1 year ago

I'm 8 wks and due March 19 or 20 super excited for my 2 and a half yr old princess to have a sibling 😘😘😘😍😍😍

april reyna Hartman
april reyna Hartman
1 year ago

Pray for a safe pregnancy & delivery🙌🙏🙏

Aysha Faizal
Aysha Faizal
1 year ago

Already I lost my first baby at 3mnths…..Now I'm 8 weeks today…. Pls pray 4r me frndzzzz…..

Ms. Star
Ms. Star
1 year ago

I'm 8,weeks in 2,days lots of morning sickness in through out the day very tired can't fit nothing in my closet but I'm happy in excited this my 3rd pregnancy praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby God thank you❤

Zohaib Baig
Zohaib Baig
1 year ago

I m 8 week pregnant,and having extreme nausea and stomach disturbance, weakness,and already have 2 kids,so much tough time 😃

Gabby Taylor
Gabby Taylor
1 year ago

8 weeks pregnant today with baby #2!! Super excited for this May baby!! Baby #1 was born in my Mom's birth month, baby #2 is gonna be born in my dad's birth month 😅😂 it's odd but cool!

Buddha Bharathi
Buddha Bharathi
1 year ago

Thank u mam

Arul Kumar
Arul Kumar
1 year ago

Really I was excited your videos

Marlyn Garcia
Marlyn Garcia
1 year ago

8 weeks today 😊

Bridgette Hattingh
Bridgette Hattingh
1 year ago

I'm only 6 weeks and so I'm just viewing ahead, but I am already showing !? Anyone else on here who was showing at 6 weeks? Am I expecting multiples ??

Shona Solanky
Shona Solanky
1 year ago

I'm 8weeks🤰 pregnant 😍
I'm so excited😊

Lory G
Lory G
1 year ago

I’m 8 weeks too and I still can’t believe there’s a human being growing in me!! May everyone’s baby’s be healthy and well ❤️

Mallory Foreman
Mallory Foreman
11 months ago

8 weeks with my first surprise baby! I hope we all have happy and healthy little peanuts!

Asif Usman
Asif Usman
11 months ago

I am in 8 week but I cannot feel any thing?

Asif Usman
Asif Usman
11 months ago

Please tell me everything ok?

Ninja Kid
Ninja Kid
11 months ago

Why isn’t there an updated video with better visuals?

E C
E C
10 months ago

Super cool to think human embryo still has gill slits at this stage (as do many other animal embryos). Although they end up turning into our jawbone and vocal chords, it's still cool to see that trait from our fish ancestors 😀

Naveed rashid
Naveed rashid
10 months ago

Prey for m Allah give m boys ameen

YESHUA’s ALIVE
YESHUA’s ALIVE
9 months ago

I am two weeks late on my period. I calculate the due date it says I’m 8wks . Oh boy

britany myers
britany myers
9 months ago

am 8 weeks pregnant

Carla Tolentino
Carla Tolentino
8 months ago

I turned 8 weeks yesterday. I can’t believe it was a shock! I have PCOS so it’s hard to conceive. I had a miscarriage at 7 in 2010 and I’m paranoid it may happen again. This will be my 4th baby. Already a mom to 3 boys (12,11,5) as I got older it gets harder to conceive. From my middle to my youngest they are 6 years apart and when this bundle of joy is born the youngest to the baby will be 6 years apart. Sending blessings and good vibes to everyone.

Leora Cho
Leora Cho
8 months ago

My baby had no heartbeat 💔

My Pescatarian life Journey
My Pescatarian life Journey
8 months ago

I will be 8 weeks tomorrow, I still can't warp my head around the fact I have a tiny human growing inside of me that is now a zise of raspberry, my 1st pegnancy, 1st baby, been trying to get pregnant for 2 years. I am in extreme joy, I pray that God gives me a healthy, smart, beautiful baby and same for all the pregnant women out there we have been blessed it is an honor that God has chosen us to carry 1 of his children.

Selina Aylin
Selina Aylin
7 months ago

8 weeks pregnant today 😍🙏🏾💯

Cielo Gandarilla
Cielo Gandarilla
7 months ago

I just found out I’m 9 weeks pregnant 🙌🏼

Domi Fuentes
Domi Fuentes
7 months ago

I’m 8 weeks and 1 day 😍😍 I love my little baby I pray for everyone to have a healthy pregnancy and delivery

Dalita En Las Vegas
Dalita En Las Vegas
6 months ago

Who got pregnant and haded covid 19 . Am 7 weeks and am scared

liberacion7
liberacion7
6 months ago

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Jazz
Jazz
3 months ago

I’m here… again 🤧😂

Niesha Ellison
Niesha Ellison
3 months ago

I’m 8 weeks this my second pregnancy

Via Grezell Calleja
Via Grezell Calleja
3 months ago

im 8 weeks and 1 day without period but still im not taking prenancy test.

Negro X4
Negro X4
2 months ago

My baby is 8 weeks sad to say she's aborting it idk what to do💔

QueenTorres14
QueenTorres14
1 month ago

Im 8 weeks. It fascinates me and terrified me a thing a creature is growing inside. Its a good thing and im happy. I just hope it will be a healthy baby. Good luck everyone else!!

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