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. The extremities aren't the only things developing — the middle is making strides too. 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 working to carry 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 little one'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 0.25 gram and measuring anywhere from 7 to 17 millimeters (roughly half an inch). Right now the embryo's shape is more cubical than round.
Your Pregnancy at 8 Weeks
Getting good care. If you haven't chosen a health care provider, do this now. Women who start receiving prenatal care in the first three months have smoother pregnancies and healthier babies than those who don't receive early 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.
Calendar watch. Your visits are usually scheduled once a month until the last two months, then more frequently until birth. These checkups offer the perfect opportunity to ask questions and bring up concerns, large or small.
When to tell. It's a subject of much debate: When should you share your exciting news with the rest of the world? Some couples 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. Some women prefer to wait until they're showing.