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Week 8

By the end of this week, your baby will be about 3cm long (just under 1¼ inches) and weigh about 3g (still less than a teaspoonful of sugar!)


Your placenta is developing; this amazing “life support system” will give your baby everything needed to grow and develop over the coming weeks.


Your baby is much more of a recognisable human shape now; arms and legs are growing quickly
Although you can’t feel it, the baby is moving a lot!

    How's your nutrition?

    Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is a great idea – though we understand that morning sickness can interfere with your best intentions! When you can face food, try to opt for healthy choices; in general, the less processed the food is, the better.

    More tips on eating healthily during pregnancy, and some foods to avoid.

    Lots of women are eligible for Healthy Start vouchers starting in week 10 of pregnancy; these can be used to buy lots of different nutritious foods to help you eat well. It's a good idea to register for Healthy Start a bit early; visit www.healthystart.nhs.uk to see if you qualify.

    First antenatal appointment

    You'll have your first antenatal appointment with a midwife and/or your GP sometime between weeks 8 and 12. Remember to ask for an FW8 form; you can use this to get a maternity exemption certificate, which will give you free prescriptions and dental care during your pregnancy (and for a year after your baby’s birth).

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