Your baby is now eight weeks old and measures approximately 1.2 inches (3 cm) from crown to rump. The reproductive organs will complete their development over the next few weeks, so it’s too early to tell from an ultrasound whether you’re having a boy or a girl. All the vital organs have formed.
At this time, your baby’s head is enormous in comparison with the rest of the body and is about half of the baby’s body length. At birth, the head will account for about one quarter of your baby’s body length. Your baby can now yawn, suck and swallow. Tiny details such as hair and nails start to develop.
It’s possible that your hands and feet feel warmer due to the increase in your blood volume. The increase can also cause your pulse to speed up, so that you experience palpitations. There is no reason to be alarmed.
You may also find you’re thirstier than usual because your body needs extra fluid. You’ll probably have put on a couple of pounds by this time, and you may need to pee more frequently.
Did you know that you might also be experiencing sympathetic pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, weight gain, headaches or backaches? This condition is known as “Couvade syndrome” (from the French word “couver” which means “to brood”). Studies of fathers-to-be have found that an estimated one in five to one in seven men has suffered one or more of these symptoms. During the pregnancy, it’s common for partners to process the situation in their dreams, actions and thoughts. The aim of all this is to help you to become the best parent possible.