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Size of Baby

13mm crown to rump.

Development of Baby

Head and facial features develop, and the lower respiratory system begins to develop. Your baby is growing and changing very rapidly at this stage. This can be seen in the big size difference between week 7 and week 8 which effectively represents how baby “uncurls” during this stage.

Maternal Symptoms

Around 8 weeks of pregnancy you may feel tired, have a sensitivity to certain smells, and be experiencing regular morning sickness. Everyone experiences different symptoms, especially in the early weeks, so keep listening to your body, make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating as well as you can. If you are struggling to keep food down at this stage, go for little and often, and try and vary what you are eating to give your body a range of nutrients. If you are suffering with morning sickness, an all-round pregnancy multivitamin may also be beneficial.

Things to Consider

Around this time, you will have your first appointment with your Midwifery team. This appointment usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes, you will be asked a range of questions, offered blood tests and ultrasound scans, plus your care pathway will be mapped out. See the blog post “Your First Midwifery Appointment” and “What Happens During a Midwifery Appointment” for further detail.

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