Pregnancy Week 8

BirthWatch ticker week for 8

"Everything that is present in an adult human is now present in the baby. The end of gestational week 8 marks the end of the embryonic developmental stage. Your baby is now known as a "fetus" instead of an "embryo"."

More About Week 8:

  • External ears are beginning to form.
  • Bones are beginning to form and muscles can contract.
  • A baby at this stage of development are about 1 inch long and the size of a kidney bean.
  • Your baby's umbilical cord is functioning fully, carrying oxygen and food to the embryo and carrying away waste.
  • The nerve cells in your baby's brain are branching out and creating new neural pathways.
  • Your baby now has knees.

Healthy Pregnancy Tips for Week 8

Recommended Reading:

The Business of Being Born

This is a DVD. Watch this DVD (available for purchase at or at your local library or through Netflix) in your 1st or early 2nd trimester and think about how your prenatal appointments are going. Are you satisfied with your care provider? Are your appointments long enough for you to get answers to all your questions? Do you leave feeling listened to and respected? The Business of Being Born can help you sort out your feelings about what you need in a maternity care provider. If your fit isn't right now, it's not going to improve in the labor and delivery room. Continue to shop around for the care provider that fits you best.

See More Recommendations For the First Trimester from BirthWatch