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You and your baby at 8 weeks pregnant

Your baby at 8 weeks

By the time you're 8 weeks pregnant, the baby is called a foetus, which means offspring.

The legs are getting longer. The different parts of the leg are not properly distinct yet. It'll be a bit longer before the knees, ankles, thighs and toes develop.

The foetus is still inside its amniotic sac and the placenta is continuing to develop, forming structures that help attach the placenta to the wall of the womb.

At this stage, the foetus still gets its nourishment from the yolk sac.

You at 8 weeks

Your womb has grown to the size of a lemon by the time you're around 7 or 8 weeks pregnant.

You're probably feeling tired. Your breasts might feel sore and enlarged, and you're probably needing to pee more often than usual.

You'll probably have missed your second period. But some women experience a little bleeding in pregnancy.

Always mention any bleeding in pregnancy to your midwife or GP, particularly if it continues and you get stomach pain.

Things to think about

Find out about the pregnancy (antenatal) care appointments you'll be offered, including your first midwife appointment.

Get help and advice for teenagers in pregnancy.

Learn about pregnancy infections that can harm your baby, and how to protect yourself.

Find out about exercise and keeping fit in pregnancy.

Make and save a pregnancy to-do list to help you stay organised.

The Start4Life site has more about you and your baby at 8 weeks of pregnancy.

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Media last reviewed: 27 February 2017
Media review due: 27 March 2020

Page last reviewed: 17 July 2018
Next review due: 17 July 2021