Your baby this week
8 weeks pregnant

Your baby's development

The baby's face is beginning to form. The eyes are on either side of the head and will be sealed shut until about the 28th week. (So, who do you think your baby will look like?) Get more details about your baby's growth here.

Advice and support

"This is my first pregnancy, and I'm astonished. I'm 7 weeks along,  and my breasts are already up a cup size to a D. This is killing me, but at least they're not as sore anymore. The only clothes I've invested in so far are bras!" - Becca

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In the know

Sometimes an expecting mother might not know exactly when the date of her LMP was, or she may experience irregular cycles. Often an ultrasound is done to get a better idea of how far along you are.

7 week ultrasound

Ultrasound is like ordinary sound except it has a frequency (or pitch) higher than people can hear. Ultrasound is sent into the body from a scanning instrument (transducer) placed on a patient's skin. The sound is reflected off structures inside the body and is analyzed by a computer to make a picture of these structures on a monitor similar to a television screen. The moving pictures can be recorded on film or DVD.

Why is ultrasound used in pregnancy?

Ultrasound is widely known for its use in first-, second-, and third-trimester pregnancy. The most common reason for having an ultrasound examination during pregnancy is to help the doctor determine when your baby is due, or to make sure the baby is growing as it should. A doctor may also request an ultrasound examination to determine the baby's position, to see if you are carrying twins or triplets, or to detect a birth defect.

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From the experts

A reader asks: How often do miscarriages really occur, and what are the most common reasons for pregnancy loss? - Joni

The expert answers: There are two statistics to answer your question regarding how often miscarriages occur. As far as we are able to determine, it can be approximated that in the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, the miscarriage rate is about 10-15 per cent of a clinically recognizable pregnancy.

Often a woman may not know that she is pregnant, and after being slightly late for her period, get a heavier than usual menstrual cycle. This is often not recognized as a miscarriage but instead just a late, heavy period. That's why in the earliest part of pregnancy it is difficult to quantify actual percentages of miscarriages.

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