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20 October 2017
You are on the 8th week of your pregnancy now!

WEEK 8:
Embryo’s length: about 0.63 in.
Embryo’s weight: less than 0.04 oz.
During the 8th week of life, the embryo is characterized by its intense growth. The body gradually begins to straighten (at 7 weeks it had an arched shape). The head, torso and limbs are much more visibly clear. The central tube is now differentiating into the brain and spinal cord. The nerve cells multiply rapidly, aided by support cells called glial cells, and migrate along pathways into the brain, where they connect with each other and become active. The embryo makes more active movements and periodically changes its position in the uterus.
In the beginning of the 8th week, the nostrils, auricles, and eyes are shaped. The middle ear, which will become responsible for both balance and hearing, is formed. Formation of heart chambers, kidneys and bladder are completed.At 8 weeks the utero-placental circulation is fully functioning.
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Keep track of all the things you need to do over the 8 week with this handy checklist
    From prenatal tests to your baby registry to last-minute “me” time, we’ve got you covered. This WEEK-BY-WEEK PREGNANCY CHECKLIST will help keep you on track with all the things you need to learn and do as you prep for baby. Each week, take a look at your tasks, check yes or no, and then connect with other moms whose answers were similar to yours.