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8 weeks pregnant

When you are 8 weeks pregnant, symptoms like tiredness and morning sickness persist and you may notice your breasts getting bigger. Your embryo also continues to develop.

Week-by-week stages of pregnancy: week 8

During week eight of pregnancy the embryo will continue to develop rapidly. It is usually during this week that the skeleton, at this stage cartilage rather than bone, will be fully formed. Knees and wrists are beginning to form and they will start to have webbed toes. The external part of its ear will also be forming. The embryo will move around a lot but as they are still tiny (less than 2cm) you won’t be able to feel anything yet.

At eight weeks pregnant, it is common for your baby to be referred to as either an embryo or a foetus and this is likely to continue over the next few weeks. There is no definitive date your embryo becomes a foetus but it is normally between eight to 12 weeks. It is worth remembering these terms can be used interchangeably during this time in case your midwife or GP uses them.

When you are eight weeks pregnant you may notice your breasts getting bigger. This is a common symptom of pregnancy. You may also find yourself becoming increasingly tired. This is perfectly normal as your body needs a lot of energy to grow a new life. Try taking things slightly easier and getting plenty of rest. This is particularly important if you are suffering from bad bouts of morning sickness and other pregnancy niggles and discomforts. Try to take regular rests and stay hydrated.

Further help and information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

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