8 weeks pregnant


8 weeks pregnant

From the 8th week, babies show a reflex response to touch, so expect Your Child to start reacting to your actions.

You may have a heightened sense of smell and may experience cravings for certain food and aversion to others.

Your Child’s development
Your Child now measures about 16 mm — the size of a raspberry. Your Child’s head is larger than the trunk, and, soon, the internal organs will start to function.

The face: Your Child’s nose, eyelids, and lips are developing fast at this point and begin to look more and more like those of little children. With the retina beginning to form, the eyes are now more obvious, and eyelid folds are partially covering them. 

The fingers first and the toes later: As Your Child develops from the head to toe, the hands are already visible with tiny webbed fingers. They now look a little like a frog. The toes, however, are not visible yet, so they look like a foot inside socks. 

Soon, the tail-like structure will completely recede.

Your development
While your pregnancy may not be visible yet, your uterus is gradually enlarging. You’re probably feeling tired. Your breasts might feel sore and enlarged, and you’re probably needing to pee more often than usual.

The high level of hormones can enhance your sense of smell and may also alter your sense of taste. So, you may have food cravings or aversions. Whatever the case, try to eat healthily. The healthier you eat, the better for Your Child  — both of you always eat together.

What you can do
When you are nauseous, eat less at each meal but eat more often. Also, drink a lot of water.


Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat (OB-GYN) (20 October 2021)


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