Your Pregnancy At Week 8

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In a nutshell
Don’t consume too much Vitamin A
Your baby’s heat is fully developed
This Will Be Your 2nd Period Missed
Nipples May Become a Shade Darker and Even Look Lumpy

Your Body at Week 8

If you’re not sure if you are pregnant yet, you have now missed your second period. Chances are, you probably are!

Are you finding yourself irritated at the slightest inconvenience or is your partner driving you mad? Major mood swings are result of hormone changes in the body. Explain to your partner that yourself doesn’t really know how to feel right now. Reassure him that this is just a temporary side effect of pregnancy and it will soon pass. Talking about issues that may be bothering you is better than getting to boiling point with each other.

Your Baby At Week 8

This week your baby is starting to move around in the amniotic sac, although you won’t be able to feel any movement as of yet. That exciting part is still to come! Your baby now has a functioning heart that is working on pumping blood around its little body.

Week 8 FAQ's

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Boy & Girl Name of the Week

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Recipe of the Week

Chicken, Sweet Corn and Noodle Soup
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4.5 / 5
1 hour and 30 Min
Serves 4
14 Ingreds


    • 2 large carrots, chopped
    • 2 large leeks, trimmed and finely sliced
    • Sweetcorn
    • 200g noodles
    • Small bunch of parsley finely chopped

    For The Stock

    • 2 onions
    • 1 leek
    • 2 carrots
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 6 black peppercorns
    • Parsley stalks
    • 4 celery sticks
    • 1 vegetable stock cube
    • 1.3kg of chicken

Cooking Instructions

  1. Put all the stock ingredients and chicken into a very large saucepan, then cover with 3 litres of water and bring to the boil.
  2. Once it is boiling, lower the simmer and cook for 1 – 1 ½ hours, until chicken is cooked through. Skim off any froth every 20 minutes or so.
  3. Remove the chicken once it is cooked and leave on a plate to cool. Strain the stock and skimming off as much fat as possible.
  4. Rinse the pan and put the stock back in then simmer on a high heat until it is reduced to about 2 litres. Then add the carrots and leeks and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. You will then need to shred the chicken and add to the pan with sweetcorn. Add your noodles and simmer for around 7 more minutes until the corn and pasta are cooked.
  6. Serve hot

Week 8 TODO's

  1. If you haven’t started already, Kegel exercises are a very important to introduce to your daily routine. Honestly you will thank us later!
  2. Run yourself a nice warm bath, but not too hot though!
  3. As you are probably so excited to let everyone know your big secret, some people tend to keep it until the 12-week scan or after as the risk of miscarriage is higher during the first trimester. However, it is totally a personal choice on who you tell and when you are ready to.
  4. You may have noticed your breasts becoming larger as the weeks go on, however it’s never too early for a comfy maternity bra! Pregnancy is all about comfort and looking after yourself.

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From the What to Expect editorial team and Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Health information on this site is based on peer-reviewed medical journals and highly respected health organizations and institutions including ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), as well as the What to Expect books by Heidi Murkoff.

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