Your baby this week
8 weeks pregnant

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On the scale

You can expect to gain between 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy, more if you are underweight and less if you are overweight. But now is not the time to be worried about weight gain -- dieting is out of the question.

Need some guidance? Check out Your pregnancy weight gain plan!

Your body now

At around 7 weeks of pregnancy, you may notice the following:

Cramps: You may experience slight menstrual-type cramps around the time you would normally be expecting your period. They should only last a day or so, and are usually moderate in nature. If the cramping should become severe, or if you have spotting, be sure to call your doctor and let them know.

Breast changes: You may have tender breasts, and your nipples may appear darker, and more prominent. Be sure to wear a good support bra. You may require a larger cup size as your pregnancy advances.

Frequent urination: You may find that you are making very frequent trips to the bathroom. This will continue throughout your pregnancy, but is usually not as bad during the 2nd trimester (although it generally returns in the 3rd trimester).

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Pregnancy testing tips

If you have been trying to conceive a baby for any amount of time, you have more than likely taken a pregnancy test or two. The instructions that you receive with your tests usually have a warning on them that states that you should disregard any line that appears past the time limit. These lines are known as evaporation lines, and can be a cause of irritation for those of us trying for the elusive second line. And sometimes, what might look like an evaporation line really isn't an evaporation line at all...

Read more in the article Pregnancy tests: The mystery of evaporation lines -- explained!

Little annoyances

Some women may suffer from excessive salivation (ptyalism) -- more than the usual quart a day adult humans produce. The condition is bothersome, but will cure itself upon delivery.

Did you know...

If shop mannequins were real women, they'd be too thin to ovulate or menstruate... or get pregnant.

A psychological study in 1995 found that three minutes spent looking at models in a fashion magazine caused 70% of women to feel depressed, guilty and shameful. Yet models today weigh 23% less than the average woman! Read more in No matter your size, see a model & feel fat.

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