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Week 8 of Pregnancy

FACTS:

The baby is still smaller than your little toe yet has all its main organs in a rudimentary form and in the correct positioning. A brain is already visible through the rice-paper-thin skin revealing every little branching blood vessel beneath.

Its tiny heart has started the pumping of blood that will continue for a lifetime. Measuring about 2cm, its body may have uncurled a little and its head, larger than its body, is attached to, and resting on its chest. The eyes and ears are developing and the facial features are becoming more defined with small openings that will become nostrils.

This is the time that your second period was due. There may be a slight vaginal discharge that is considered normal though if at any stage throughout the pregnancy there is any blood within the discharge, contact your doctor immediately.

TIPS:

Soaring hormones act as a natural screening process against foods that may not be good for you. Click here to check and be sure you know which cheeses and raw foods to avoid and why.

Tiredness will continue as your body’s workload has expanded. Get plenty of quality sleep before midnight, as this is when the body is able to best recuperate.

Keep up the folic acid intake. Rich, green leafy vegetables including broccoli, silverbeet, spinach, watercress as well as pumpkin, avocados, peas and dried beans will boost your folic acid levels vital for your baby’s development. These nutritious foods will also help relieve constipation and anaemia.

Listen to your body. If you are really worried call your doctor, no matter how trivial your concern may seem.




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