8 Weeks Pregnant
By week 8 all your baby’s internal organs are in place and beginning to work.
The genital organs are visible and the spine can move. You won’t be able to tell the sex of your baby yet though, as the ultrasound won’t be clear enough. His face is slowly forming and his feet will be losing their webbed appearance. Your baby is now referred to as a fetus, rather than an embryo.
Pregnancy and work
You may not have told anyone yet that you’re pregnant. You and your partner may well be keeping things to yourselves for the time being. However, if you are working with hazardous chemicals, for example, or have severe pregnancy sickness, you might want to discuss your pregnancy with your employer. You are entitled to take paid time off for medical visits to do with your pregnancy.
Before you visit your GP, why not make a list of the questions you’d like to ask him/her? Often, you only remember important questions when you leave the surgery. Questions you might like to have answered are about ultrasound scans (how many and when they are offered), blood tests (what they are looking for), early pregnancy screening, persistent symptoms, and any niggling worries or concerns you might have.
Still suffering from pregnancy sickness? Don’t worry, the symptoms should start to ease soon. If they don’t, travel sickness wristbands, worn to apply pressure to a specific spot above the wrist, have been shown in studies to relieve nausea within 24 hours.
If you have any questions about your pregnancy, talk to Tracy Donegan, our Pregnancy Expert.
‘To do’ this week
Make a baby budget. With fewer employers paying maternity benefit, you might find your income reduced for several months, or more permanently if one of you decides not to go back to work. Sit down with your partner and work out a realistic household budget for your revised income so there are no misunderstandings down the line.