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11 August 2003

Dad-to-be: 8 weeks

You can barely see it, but it's already a human.

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What’s going on
The embryo is now called a foetus and looks like a tiny baby, with limbs and digits. It’s about two millimetres long. It has a full complement of organs and the beginnings of a nervous system.

What to do
Read up as much as you can. Studying the development of the foetus can be an absorbing project for both of you. You can also help your partner through the nausea she may be feeling by plying her with ginger or peppermint tea, ginger biscuits and raisins. Encourage her to drink water too. And try vitamin supplements such as vitamin B6.

How you feel
Her grumpiness and nausea may leave you feeling a little edgy. Fight the feeling. It’ll pass.

How she feels
These few weeks probably constitute the peak of your partner’s morning sickness. Her breasts will begin to swell and the pressure on her bladder will send her to the toilet at regular intervals. If she’s had a miscarriage in the past these will be a stressful few weeks. After 16 weeks, the chances of a miscarriage are substantially reduced.

 
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