Pregnancy can be exciting, mysterious, and exhausting. During pregnancy, your body does a ton of work to support the growth of your baby. And even though you can't feel it yet, your baby is growing and changing very fast.
Here are some of the important facts and developments around 8 weeks.
At this stage, a baby is called an embryo. An embryo starts out looking like a tiny seed, and then like a tadpole with a tail.
At 6 weeks of pregnancy, embryos have the beginnings of a brain, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, liver, and other organs. They have tiny bumps where their arms and legs will grow.
By 8 weeks of pregnancy, embryos have webbed fingers and arms that bend at the elbow. Their legs and feet will take a little more time to grow. Their muscles will soon start working. Their heart and brain have divided into their major parts.
Current as of: February 23, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine William Gilbert MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine