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Your little one

In week eight, your little one is around 1.6cm long and is now the size of a raspberry. Facial features such as the eyes, mouth and nose are beginning to be more defined and eyelids almost cover its eyes.

Bone cells are beginning to form, replacing cartilage, and tiny joints are developing too. Every organ is now in place and even fingerprints could be taken.

By the end of the week, your little one’s fingers will have lengthened and separated, and soon it’ll graduate from being an embryo to a foetus – which officially means "little one"!

How are you?

Many women feel some degree of nausea in early pregnancy. In fact, two out of three experience morning sickness. Your upset tummy may be more noticeable in the morning but it can occur at any time, and the symptoms can come and go. It tends to be at its worst around now and for a few weeks yet, but luckily, it usually eases around week 14. We’ve created a list of morning sickness remedies that might help you - for example, nibbling on dry crackers before you get out of bed may work wonders for your tummy. If at any stage you experience persistent, excessive vomiting or what you’d consider severe nausea, be sure to contact your healthcare professional and for more information, read our article about when to seek help with morning sickness.

Around now is also the time you may notice your breasts outgrowing your bra, and a little more padding around the waist. Did you know it’s also common for pregnant women to get thrush? Talk about losing the romance! Try changing your underwear frequently and avoid using any soap, which affects the balance of good and bad bacteria. Ask your midwife for advice or visit your chemist to ask about thrush treatments.

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