Posted by: mommyq | August 13, 2007

8 Weeks – 42 Days after Conception

You are now 8 weeks pregnant (42 days after conception), which is the beginning of week 9. This is the time when the woman’s second period would have been due. Most women are definitely aware they are pregnant now!

Your baby has grown to measure 1.5 cm (or 0.6 inches) and their head is now more rounded, making up about 25% of their entire body. Your baby’s face is becoming recognisably human. Their cheeks, mouth, lips and chin are more defined, and they now have nasal passages that create the tip of their nose. Your baby develops eyelids this week, which will remain fused and closed until they reach 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The internal and external parts of your baby’s ears begin to form, including their middle ear which is responsible for their hearing and balance. However, your baby will not be able to hear until they are somewhere between 19 to 24 weeks. Your baby now has immature taste buds on their tongue and under their smooth, translucent skin many tiny blood vessels can be seen networking through their body.

Your baby’s skeleton is starting to form and their arms and legs are now longer, extending forwards and across their body, appearing slightly bent. Your baby’s hands and feet now have 5 ridges on each, separated by narrow grooves, making them appear webbed.

Did you know?

To form separate fingers and toes, the webbing between them undergoes degeneration, or the dying off of cells. This is part of your baby’s normal programming that allows the ‘sculpturing’ of their body parts. For a baby’s normal development to unfold, both cell growth and cell death are necessary. A supreme adaptation of nature! /* Text Link/Image Map Tooltip Script- © Dynamic Drive ( For full source code, installation instructions, 100’s more DHTML scripts, and Terms Of Use, visit */ if (!document.layers&&!document.all) event=”test” function showtip(current,e,text){ if (document.all){ thetitle=text.split(‘
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This videos are just sooo cool.

8 Weeks – End of Embryonic Period



  1. 8 weeks already!!?? Time is flying! 🙂

  2. HA! I wish it would fly faster! LOL Well, I say that now but, I am sure I will be begging to get off the fast bus once it picks up speed! LOL

  3. hello i just have some questions..well i recently found out im pregnant..had my first visit with my obgyn and had my first ultra sound so far it wuz 5 weeks and 6 days..when it was done the dr just scheduled another visit in 2 more weeks since she said it was to early to determine if its been forming the sac was well formed and..well i guess im just a lil worried since this is my first pregnancy and wanna know it its normal!!

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