Pregnancy Week 7 & 8
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Your Pregnancy Week 7
What is happening with your baby at pregnancy week 7?
- The brain is growing rapidly, and this results in the head growing faster than the rest of the body.1
- Are you longing to see your baby's face on his or her birthday? You have a long way to go until then, but your baby's face is taking shape.
- The mouth, nostrils, ears, and eyes are some of the facial features that become more defined this week.2
- Dreaming of a son or daughter to play ball with? The arm bud that developed just last week has a hand on the end of it, which looks like a tiny paddle.2
How big is your baby?
Your baby is about the size of a grape.3
- Your womb has grown to the size of a lemon by the time you're around 7 or 8 weeks pregnant.1
- You're probably feeling tired. Your breasts might feel sore and enlarged, and you may need to pee more often than usual.1
- For most women, feelings of nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) start to improve by the time they're around 14 weeks pregnant.1
Your Pregnancy Week 8
You have now completed almost two months!
What is happening with your baby when you are 8 weeks pregnant?4,5
- Everything that is present in an adult human is now present in your baby.
- The ears are continuing to form externally and internally.
- The bones are beginning to develop, and the muscles can contract.
- Fingers and toes are webbed and are growing longer.
- The tip of the nose is present, and the eyelids are now more developed.
- The embryonic tail is also disappearing, and your baby’s body is beginning to straighten out.
- While your baby’s gender has already been determined, the external genitals are still forming and cannot be clearly seen.
How big is your baby?
- Your baby is about the size of a raspberry.6
- Although it may not look like your body has changed from the outside, many changes have occurred throughout your body.
- Before you were pregnant, your uterus was about the size of your fist, but it is now about the size of a grapefruit.
- You may have noticed changes in your breasts as well. They may be more tender and sensitive. This is completely normal as your body is preparing for lactation.
- Another change that has occurred that you may not be aware of is that your blood volume has increased by 40 to 50 percent.
Tips for making your pregnancy better
- Good prenatal care is extremely important for the health and safe delivery of your baby, so be sure to make prenatal appointments a top priority.5
- During pregnancy, some women develop oily skin and have acne. If you are using over-the-counter medications to treat this, it is important that you know what ingredients the products contain. If you have questions regarding the safety of a particular medication during pregnancy, it is best to consult with your doctor or a pharmacist.4
- Beating the pregnancy blues:6
- No matter how excited you are about having a baby, there are likely to be times when you'll feel anxious and stressed.
- It's hard to think clearly when you're feeling sick and tired, so look after yourself and get as much rest as you can. Eat six small healthy meals a day.
- You could also experiment with mindfulness, which is a technique designed to help you enjoy life more by focusing on the here and now.
- NIH. You and your baby at 7 weeks pregnant. Page last reviewed: 17 July 2018. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/week-by-week/1-to-12/7-weeks/. Last accessed at: 19.09.2021.
- Nemours KidsHealth. Parents: Week 7. Available at: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/week7.html. Last accessed at: 19.09.2021
- NHS. Start 4 life. Week-by-week guide to pregnancy. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/pregnancy/week-by-week/1st-trimester/week-7/#anchor-tabs. Last accessed at: 04/10/2021
- American Pregnancy Association. Pregnancy Week 8. Available at: https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/week-by-week/8-weeks-pregnant/. Last accessed at: 19.09.2021.
- Nemours KidsHealth. Parents: Week 8. Available at: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/week8.html. Last accessed at: 19.09.2021.
- NHS. Start 4 life. Week-by-week guide to pregnancy. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/pregnancy/week-by-week/1st-trimester/week-8/#anchor-tabs. Last accessed at: 04/10/2021