Pregnancy can be exciting, mysterious, and exhausting. During pregnancy, your body does a ton of work to support the growth of your baby. And even though you can’t feel it yet, your baby is growing and changing very fast.
Here are some of the important facts and developments around 8 weeks.
The embryo starts out looking like a tiny seed, and then like a
tadpole with a tail, and then more human by the end of the
When you are 6 weeks pregnant, your embryo has the
beginnings of a brain, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, liver, and other organs. There
are tiny bumps where arms and legs will grow.
When you are 8 weeks
pregnant, the heart and brain have divided into their major parts. Your embryo
has webbed fingers and has arms that bend at the elbow. The legs and feet will take
a little more time to grow. Muscles will soon start working.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD – Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerWilliam Gilbert, MD – Maternal and Fetal Medicine