Breast milk is best for your baby

Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

Abbott Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.

The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.

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FIRST TRIMESTER / WEEK 8

8th Week of Pregnancy

Tiny Fingers and Toes
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Baby's Growth and Development at 8 Weeks Pregnant

When you’re between 7 and 8 weeks pregnant, your baby’s body parts and proportions continue to develop and change quickly. Here’s what’s going on during your 8th week of pregnancy:

  • At 8 weeks pregnant, your baby is more than a half an inch long — around the length of a lima bean.
  • Your baby’s tiny fingers and toes develop.
  • His arms and legs grow longer.
  • By the 8th week of your pregnancy, his wrists, elbows, and ankles are visible.
  • His eyelids form and ears, upper lip, and nose tip become more defined.
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Your Changing Body at 8 Weeks Pregnant

At 8 weeks pregnant, your body continues to show signs of the many changes ahead. Emotionally, the joy of finding out you’re pregnant may give way to feelings of anticipation, anxiety, or fear. It’s totally normal. Try to put your mind at ease by talking with your doctor about your concerns and by making good choices that support your health and wellness long term.

Here’s what’s going on during your 8th week of pregnancy:

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Wellness and Nutrition at 8 Weeks Pregnant

What should you avoid during pregnancy? Most doctors agree that you’ll want to stay away from:

  • Activities that could cause you to fall, or put pressure or force on your belly
  • Overly vigorous, intense exercise — if you're too out of breath to talk, you're probably exercising too hard.
  • Alcohol, smoking, and caffeine (ask your doctor about how much caffeine you should have daily, if any)
  • Saccharine and herbal sweeteners (ask your doctor if artificial sweeteners are OK)
  • Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications (talk with your doctor about what’s OK during pregnancy)
  • Exposure to chemicals and fumes from paints, cleaning products, and solvents. Latex, or acrylic, paint generally is considered to be safe. But check with your doctor so you can safely and confidently help with the nursery or other projects around the house.
  • Saunas and hot tubs
  • Chemical treatments for your hair, such as dye and perms