8 Weeks Pregnant – what to expect

Now you're 8 weeks pregnant, this week is all about headaches, preghaustion, the upside of feeling sick and some chicken casserole!

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Watch our video to see what your baby looks like this week

Those little arms and legs now have the beginnings of fingers and toes at their tips. And your baby’s making (and connecting) brain cells at a properly clever rate: something like 100 a minute!

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And here’s a 3D scan of an 8 week baby…

So what’s happening to your body this week?

There’s so much going on in your body right now, it’s enough to make your head hurt. Literally. Pregnancy headaches are annoyingly common, especially early on. And the culprits? Could be:

  • your hormones (rightly getting the blame for a whole heap of stuff right now)
  • dehydration or low blood-sugar levels, if morning sickness means you’re not getting enough food or fluid
  • caffeine withdrawal, if you’ve given up coffee
  • just be the stress of coping with all the exhausting newness pregnancy brings with it


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See your GP if you’re getting blurred vision or vomiting, too; otherwise, treat your sore head with paracetamol (take the minimum amount needed) and a good rest.

Our MFMer’s 8-week bump of the week

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Is yours starting to show? Check out other MFMers’ bumps in our 8 week bump gallery.

Did you know? Your baby’s now the length of a… Malteser

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This week, your baby measures 1.6cm, the same as a chocolatey ball with a honeycomb centre.

And is around the weight of a… paperclip

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Your baby now weighs around 0.04oz (1g)!

4 things you might need to know this week

MFMer’s tip of the week from our forum

“I’ve never been so exhausted in my life. It’s overwhelming. My best advice: don’t fight it. Your body is telling you something. Rest whenever you can, even just with your feet up and a cup of tea. I’ve spent several weekends in bed!” – gaszgirl

Want to share your pregnancy with others going through the same as you?  There’s a birth club for your due date – take a look

Is it normal… to have the runs?

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What a thing – the loo is becoming your new bf. Constant wee trips, queasy throw-ups and now, your poo may be more like a lumpy, muddy river. (Sorry, if that’s just brought on the quease.)

Who’s to blame? Yep, those pesky preg hormones, a virus or it could be something you’ve eaten. Our mums found the runs subside by the second trimester (though may make a comeback just before labour). So make sure you drink lots of fluids (yay, more trips to the loo), stock up on bog roll and find a good on-the-loo book.

OK, enough loo talk. Back to something yummy…

Our preg recipe for week 8 – Chicken and yogurt casserole      

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Why yogurt is great for your growing baby

Spoon for spoon, yoghurt contains as much calcium as milk – and calcium’s a must-have nutrient in pregnancy to help your baby’s bones form properly. Plus it’s packed with protein and folic acid (which can help protect against birth defects), and its active cultures can help calm sensitive stomachs and thrush (yup, another all-too-common ‘bonus’ of pregnancy).

See the full recipe and get cooking…

Baby namer – what do you think of these Scottish themed names?

Is your favourite film Braveheart? Looking for a baby name that makes you think of the Celtic Highlands? 

Isla
This pretty name is pronounced ai-la and has been getting more popular in recent years. It’s from Islay – an island in the Scottish Hebrides.
Celeb baby name check: Isla Fisher is the Australian actress (with Scottish parents), who has 3 children with actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

Brodie
Brodie (or Brody) means muddy place or ditch. Despite its humble meaning, Brodie is a hugely popular name in Scotland for boys and girls.
Celeb baby name check: Reality TV star Brody Jenner is Caitlyn Jenner’s son.

Check out our dedicated Baby Names section for more inspiration. 

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So that’s plenty for this week, want to take a peek at what lies ahead – or look back at last week?

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