Early signs of pregnancy during week 8 of being pregnant - Your baby is starting to look more human-like and is now about the size of a large grape.
Ask your GP for form FW8 this week so you can claim free prescriptions and dental care. Fatigue will probably kick in (if it hasn't already) as your body works hard to cope with a rapid and crucial stage in your baby's development. Try to rest and take it easy. Increased hormones may make your skin spotty or darker patches may form, particularly on your face. Your nipples will darken and you may notice a line from your navel to your pubic hair, known as the linea negra. Your breasts begin to swell in readiness to breastfeed; they could grow to four times their size in the next nine months. You may notice an increase in discharge as your vaginal walls soften and relax and a watery substance is produced.
Your baby is starting to look more human-like and is now about the size of a large grape, about 10,000 times bigger than the size of the fertilised egg. Your baby's face is beginning to form, her nostrils, lips and a mouth with a tongue appear. The eyes are visible under a thin membrane of skin. Your baby's brain has formed with two distinct hemispheres. Along the back, a spinal column is visible and bones are beginning to form. The limbs have lengthened and there are obvious knee and elbow joints. Fingers are well defined, but are webbed and there are ridges on the feet that will become the toes. All the buds of your baby's non-permanent teeth have formed. Your baby's head is still huge in comparison with the rest of the body and the chin is attached to her chest. All the organs have started to form and are in the right position.
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