During the first eight weeks of pregnancy, your baby is growing rapidly and your body has been adjusting to the demands of your pregnancy. You are going to see your baby’s facial features change, the digestive system is developing, and the limbs and legs are also growing.
Infant’s limbs and legs are growing rapidly
Seeing an infant’s limbs and legs on parade is a treat in and of itself. Despite the fact that their brains have not yet reached full capacity, they are nevertheless getting the hang of their respective limbs. In addition, their oh-so-slow-to-develop nervous systems are still in their infancy. They are not yet able to perform the aforementioned sleight of hand. In other words, they are not yet able to bumble around in the dark. The light bulb thump is not yet in their repertoire, and in the event of a light bulb fail, they may as well be asleep. They also have not yet developed the requisite social graces to scold the unruly. They have yet to learn how to eat, but they are not yet in the dark. Despite the fact that they are not able to eat, they may as well be.
It is not surprising that most babies are not the most observant of their kin. During this hazy period, they are often in a swoon swarm, and will engage in the oddest of games such as hide and seek. However, this is not to say that their senses of decorum aren’t still intact.
Baby’s facial features are becoming more refined
During pregnancy, baby’s facial features are maturing at a brisk pace. Baby’s eyes are moving from the sides of the head to the front of the face. In addition, the fetus is well on its way to growing a brain.
Among other things, baby’s brain is growing at an impressive rate of 100,000 cells per minute. The brain is responsible for many of the complex functions the fetus performs. Among other things, the brain is responsible for coordinating the complex functions of the body. For example, most of the nourishment for the baby comes from the placenta.
Baby’s eyes have also gotten a little bigger. In addition, the brain is responsible for the oh so clever squint.
Baby’s lungs have also grown to the point where they can handle their share of the workload. Also, baby’s kidneys are starting to make urine. This week, the fetus will probably be able to stick its thumb in its mouth.
Baby’s digestive system is developing
During the early stages of pregnancy, the digestive system is still developing. It is not mature enough to fight pathogens. As a result, your baby may experience digestive problems. However, there are some steps you can take to care for your baby’s digestive health.
The first step to take is to observe your baby’s digestive system closely. It is best to introduce foods one at a time. A standard ultrasound exam can help to determine the health of your baby’s digestive tract.
The first bowel movement of a baby is called meconium. It is a mixture of mucus, bile and amniotic fluid. Meconium usually forms before birth and stays in your baby’s intestines until it is removed after birth.
Your baby’s digestive system is not ready to take on solid foods until around six months. Before this time, the digestive system relies on the placenta to provide all of the nutrients your baby needs. If you start to give your baby food before this time, your baby will not have the enzymes needed to break down starch and fat. This is why it is recommended that you wait until your baby is six months old to give your baby solid foods.
Preterm labor warning signs
During the 8 week pregnancy, the fetus is growing at a rate of approximately a millimeter a day. At this stage, the baby weighs around 0.04 ounce. The uterus is a tennis ball-sized structure.
The baby is forming facial features and is starting to show its ears and upper jaw. The nose is starting to form, and the eyelids are beginning to open. The tongue is also starting to form. The baby’s taste buds are preparing for the first meals.
The baby’s nervous system is spreading through the body, and making connections with the organs. The heartbeat is about twice as strong as the mother’s. The breathing tubes extend from the baby’s throat to the lungs. The baby’s fingers are slightly webbed, and the toes are beginning to develop.
The baby at eight weeks is changing so many things. The eyes have formed underneath the skin. The lips are beginning to form. The nose is forming, and the nose’s roof is coming together. The inner ear is starting to develop.