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8 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

Shaping up. This week, hands and feet are forming tiny webbed fingers and toes. The tail your little one has been sporting starts to disappear. Right now the embryo's shape is more cubical than round.

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 move out of the cord and back into the abdomen.

Live wire. If you could poke your little one's body, you'd see it react with a jerk. The developing nervous system is already communicating with the muscles.

embryo Week 8

8 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

Getting good care. It's time for your first visit with your healthcare provider, so if you haven't chosen a 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 of your pregnancy, when they will become more frequent until birth. These regular checkups give you the perfect opportunity to ask questions and bring up concerns, so come prepared!

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 is much lower. Some women prefer to wait until they're showing.

Quick tip: If you're experiencing, try keeping crackers at your bedside to eat before you get up and aim for five or six small meals a day, rather than three large meals.

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