• Week 8

Week 8

Your Baby:

By now your baby's head is proportionally larger than the rest of the body, the eyelids and ears together with the nose are being developed. The fingers of the hands and the feet are developing in the arms and legs, which now are distinguished wrists and elbows (they can even bend). At this stage the heartbeat of your baby's little heart is faster around 120-160 beats per minute and its liver is now in operation. The placenta takes on the task of feeding your baby through the umbilical cord that is attached to the uterus (from where it will be fed throughout the whole pregnancy period).

Other functions, that  the placenta makes, are removing wastes from your baby, protecting your baby from immune mediators attack from the mother's blood, prevents the passage of many substances, parasites, viruses and bacteria that could affect the baby, keeps it isolated from the physical factors that might make trouble (such as sudden changes in temperature) and produces hormones that allow the permanence of pregnancy and modifying  metabolism and maternal physiological functions for the survival of baby's growth.

Baby weight now: 2 gm

Baby size now: 20 mm

 

Your Body

Your uterus is growing as the baby grows too so now your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit and is normal to feel abdominal pain, tightening or contractive pain. Consult your doctor if you notice some bleeding after contractions.

Tips:

Your uterus is growing as the baby grows too so now your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit and is normal to feel abdominal pain, tightening or contractive pain. Consult your doctor if you notice some bleeding.

 

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