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Pregnancy: Month-by-Month Pregnancy Guide - Second Month (8 weeks)

Fetal Development at 8 Weeks: Conception to Birth

You're pregnant. Congratulations! Are you curious how big your developing baby is, what your baby looks like as it grows inside you, and when you'll feel it move?  Take a peek inside the
womb to see how a fetus develops from month to month. The baby is now a little over half an inch in size. Eyelids and ears are forming, and the tip of the nose is visible. The arms and legs are well formed. The fingers and toes grow longer and more distinct.

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By the end of the second month, you may begin to feel pregnant. Your breasts may be tender, and you might be experiencing morning sickness or nausea during the day. Don't be surprised if you undergo some raging mood swings as well. Fatigue is also an issue throughout the first trimester. You may be just a bit more tired than usual, or you may be so exhausted that four-hour naps every afternoon are the rule. Those constant trips to the loo continue, no doubt Nature's way of training you to wake up several times during the night in preparation for your baby's feeding schedule!

Photo of 8 week fetus
Photo of 8 week fetus circle
conception: 8 week human fetus in utero

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Your unborn baby has now graduated to being called a foetus. His internal organs are already in place and ready for further development. If you have an ultrasound scan, you may see your baby wiggling and waving like mad, but you won't feel anything yet. An eight-week-old foetus already has distinct facial features.