Pregnancy Week 8

Find out how your baby is developing in week eight and if you really should be eating for two.

Watch Your Baby's Growth

An Embryo Forms: Weeks 4 to 8 of Pregnancy
An Embryo Forms: Weeks 4 to 8 of Pregnancy

Chances are you have no idea you're pregnant yet¿but your body is already hard at work. Watch as the egg undergoes its wondrous transformation to embryo.

Your Changing Body

Cravings aren't a myth! You may want pickles and ice cream, but bear in mind that you really only need an extra 300 calories a day to nourish your little one (600 if you're twice as lucky and expecting twins), so you may want to choose pickles or ice cream--or ideally, something a little healthier.

Your Developing Baby

Your baby is starting to develop fingers and toes as well as some tiny facial features. He or she and has also quadrupled in size!

Your Pregnancy

Week 8 is the last of your baby's embryonic stage, and probably the last time you'll fit into your regular jeans for a while.

Your Week 8 To-Do List

1. Shop for a new, bigger bra or a maternity bra.

An Inside Look

Take a unique look at Baby's development inside the womb this week.

Your Pregnancy Calendar

Organize your doctor's appointments, save your ultrasound photos, and more--all in one place!

Ask Parents About Week 8

We've got answers to your questions from experts and parents who've been there.

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Everything in Pregnancy Week 8

More About Your Pregnancy in Week 8

Your Baby

Your Body

  • Cold, Flu, and Allergy Remedies

    Sadly, being pregnant doesn't make you immune from colds and flu. You'll need to be especially careful of what medicatins you take now....

  • Scheduling Regular Checkups

    Your healthcare provider will be chatting with you at your upcoming appontments your pregnancy -- but she'll also monitor your health, ...

  • Workplace Hazards

    Be sure to take steps now to protect your baby from any harmful substances you may be exposed to at work. Some chemicals can impair you...

Your Self

  • Scary & Weird Dreams

    Prepare for some wild dreams! Many women say pregnancy dreams are like watching a strange movie in extra vivid color. Your brain is pro...

  • Working Smart and Safe

    A word of caution: Take extra good care of yourself if you're a working and pregnant woman.

Diet & Exercise

  • Eating for Two

    No, pregnancy doesn't mean you should eat twice as much! Here's what you should look to add to your diet to ensure a healthy intake of ...

  • Your Iron Needs

    Iron is an essential and important mineral that helps your body manufacture red blood cells. And blood is something you need twice as m...

  • Environmental Toxins at Home

    You may not realize that certain substances in your home can harm your growing baby. Here's what you should be aware of.

  • Toxoplasmosis

    This infection is caused by a parasite -- and although it poses no risk to you, it can hurt your growing baby.

Q & A

  • Q&A: Are Microwaves Safe?

    Find out if it is OK for you to use a microwave during pregnancy -- or if it is time to unplug this kitchen appliance and instead cook ...

  • Q&A: What Questions Should I Ask My Doctor?

    Getting ready for that first prenatal appointment is so exciting! Here's what you should be sure to discuss with your healthcare provid...