Your pregnancy: weeks 5 to 8
Over these next few weeks, your baby will grow to be about 1 inch long and develop arms, legs, muscles, and skin. If you could see your little one, you’d notice that the head is much bigger than the rest of his or her body, because your baby’s brain is growing faster than any other organ.
What's happening this week?
5 weeks pregnant
I’m 5 weeks pregnant. My baby’s the size of a grain of rice.
Right now, there’s a little lump forming in the center of the embryo. It’s my baby’s heart, and I’m in love.
- Your baby is about the size of a grain of rice.
- A long tube is developing that will eventually become the spinal cord and brain.
- There’s a tiny lump in the center of the embryo that will soon become your baby’s heart.
- The placenta that will nourish your growing baby has formed.
6 weeks pregnant
I’m 6 weeks pregnant. My baby’s the size of a lentil.
My little one's heart has started to beat (almost twice as fast as mine!).
- Your baby is about the size of a lentil.
- Hands, feet, fingers, and toes are starting to form, but look more like paddles.
- The brain and nervous system are developing fast.
- The head is folding forward over the body in a more recognizable “baby” shape.
7 weeks pregnant
I’m 7 weeks pregnant. My baby’s the size of a blueberry.
What a difference 7 days make! My baby is twice as big as last week. Wonder if I’ll grow that fast...
- Your baby is about the size of a blueberry.
- Brain cells are producing rapidly.
- A little face is starting to develop, with outlines of eyes, ears, nostrils, and mouth.
- The umbilical cord has formed to supply oxygen and nutrients your baby.
8 weeks pregnant
I’m 8 weeks pregnant. My baby’s the size of a kidney bean.
My baby bean is changing every day. Pretty incredible, when you think about it...
- Your baby is about the size of a kidney bean.
- Your uterus is starting to grow, but you won’t notice a change in your shape yet.
- Teeny, tiny elbows are emerging.
- Your baby’s genitals are starting to form, but we can’t tell if your baby is a boy or a girl until around week 20.
You may start to notice early signs of pregnancy: Feeling tired, tender breasts, and nausea are all common. So are craving new foods and suddenly being disgusted by foods you used to love. Your sense of smell might be in overdrive — some women can’t even stand the smell of their favorite flowers during pregnancy. All of this is normal, and temporary.
Feeling moody? That’s your hormones working overtime. And with so many changes happening in your life, it’s natural to feel many different emotions. Talking things over with a trusted friend can help you handle the ups and downs.
Your to-do list
- Schedule your first prenatal care visit. We typically recommend having your first prenatal appointment between weeks 7 and 12.
- If you take medication, ask your doctor if it’s okay to keep taking it while you’re pregnant.
- Talk to your doctor about whether testing for birth defects is something you want to consider.
- Get lots of rest. Fatigue is very common in early pregnancy. Take it easy when you need to.