You are now eight weeks pregnant (or in your ninth week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby’s growing

The tiny tail is disappearing and so many changes have taken place that your baby has changed from an embryo and is now officially a fetus. This is the critical stage when your baby’s organs are forming. Read more information on your baby’s development this week.

The baby is now constantly moving and shifting, though you won’t be able to feel anything for several weeks. The arms have grown and the hands are now flexed at the wrists and meet over the heart. The legs are lengthening and the feet may be long enough to meet in front of the body. It’s still almost impossible to tell whether you’re going to have a boy or a girl — although reading old wives’ tales for predicting gender can be fun.

How your life’s changing

Though you’re unlikely to have gained much weight, parts of you are certainly growing, like your breasts. Less obvious is the increase in your blood volume but by the end of pregnancy, you’ll have 45 to 50 per cent more blood running through your veins to meet the demands of your baby. The extra demands on your circulation can make you prone to varicose veins and hemorrhoids — read our self-help suggestions to help prevent problems developing.

What are your vacation plans? Being pregnant may affect your choice of destination. You need to think about insurance, how you’re going to travel and vaccinations before you decide where to take your break. If you have morning sickness, you may be worried that it will make you motion sick or get worse at high altitudes or temperatures. Help is at hand — follow our top tips for pregnant travelers to help plan a safe, relaxing and happy holiday.

Parent Tip: Turning the day around

“I found it really tiring going to work by bus and train so my husband gave me a ride very early. He’d drop me off at 7.30 so I went swimming and had breakfast before I started work and made sure I had plenty of early nights. I felt wonderful.” — A.V.

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