The second month of pregnancy has come. It is possible that a future mother hasn’t resigned her mind to her new role just yet. However, she can be by right called “a mother” because by the end of the second month a tiny, but very real human being is living, growing, and developing in her womb!
What’s Happening to your Body?
As a rule, in the second month of pregnancy a woman no longer needs confirmations of her condition – morning sickness, fits of dizziness, demand for salty or sour food, and other delights of the “family way” speak for themselves. The hormonal balance of the organism is changing; the uterus starts to grow, the placenta is actively developing. The expectant mother can feel unusually tired and sleepy. The need to go to the toilet for a pee also arises more often, so you have to go to the bathroom almost every half an hour. It can be explained by the fact that the growing uterus presses down on the bladder. Now it is a size of an orange and is situated lower than share bone, so in theory, your belly shouldn’t enlarge yet. But that’s only in theory because due to the changing hormones and your intestines can bloat. As a result, the lady is surprised to notice her “grown” abdomen.
Apart from the sickness, which has already come in the first month of pregnancy, the future mother can be disturbed by vomiting, constipation, heartburn, and increased salivation. Some women begin to eat much, some women, on the contrary, complain about the loss of appetite. Breasts also continue to swell and change. Headaches can appear. But the absence of all these signs by no means tells that you’re not pregnant. Each body reactions are unique and there is no such thing as two absolutely identical pregnancies!
Dangerous Infections During Pregnancy
Viruses, including flu, are able to freely enter the placenta. It can cause irreparable damage to the fetus in the second month of pregnancy. So, during the time of fall and winter epidemics try to protect yourself and your future baby. Avoid crowded places and public transport. If you have to go to work, smear your nostrils with oxolinic ointment before going out of the house. A good folk remedy is garlic-onion oily drops, which every woman can make herself. If the toxicosis allows, drop the oily solution of these two plants into your nose every one and a half or two hours. A strong unpleasant smell can be tolerated, but none of the seasonal viruses will survive in an environment full of phytoncides.
If your working place is full of careless colleagues who come to work ill, don’t hesitate to ask your boss for another room – this is the right of any expectant mother according to the law.
The main thing for you is to put yourself in a good mood: to smile a lot, to listen to nice and calm music, to get enough fresh air, to enjoy nature and communication with your folks. Ideally, you’d better spend the second month of pregnancy not at work, but, of course, at home and have lots of rest.
Tests a 2 Months Pregnant Should Take
At the moment, most of the future mothers have already attended a maternity welfare clinic. If you haven’t done this yet, then hurry up and pay a visit to a doctor. At the gynecologist’s your body weight and blood pressure will be taken. The doctor will make an appointment for you to take your blood and urine tested (general analysis, the urine test for sugar and protein, the blood test for AIDS and syphilis), to undergo a checkup by a general practitioner, ENT doctor, oculist, and dentist. The gynecologist will take your vaginal smear for microscopic examination.
The other tests will also be needed. The urine test for hCG will show if the pregnancy progress is normal. The blood test for hemostasis will estimate blood coagulability – which will help to take precautions against premature interruption of pregnancy. The doctor will examine your arms and legs for possible swelling and varicose veins.
At the beginning of the second-month pregnancy women with blood group O, whose husbands have another blood type, are prescribed an analysis for immunoglobulins. This test will help to prevent possible immunologic havoc. Future mothers who have problems with the thyroid gland should pass the examination to an endocrinologist during this month.
How is the Fetus Developing?
Now your baby is safely fastened to the uterus. The placenta is steadily forming – the fate and health of the tiny human being depend on this organ. At the beginning of the second month of pregnancy, this human being has a size of about 1.5 mm. By the end of the month, the size will reach 12-20 mm. The tissues developed during the first month turn into real internal organs. The new being has a torso, head, arms and legs, and even fingers and ears. The face is forming. The nose, lips, palate, and eyes appear. The genitals are taking shape. Boys’ organisms begin to produce testosterone. In the fifth week honor lasts (the rudiments of future spermatozoa or ovules) are formed. So you’re already carrying your future grandchildren.
The endocrine system is formed, various glands appear. The heart is already divided into four chambers, the major and shallow vessels are formed, and the ducts appear in the liver. The neural tube (the rudiment of the future neural system) is shut, the brain becomes larger and more complicated, and arms and legs obtain muscles, so the baby makes its first movements, but for now, they’re chaotic. The consumption of folic acid will help to form a healthy neural system for your future child.
The respiratory system is actively developing (nose, mouth, throat, and bronchi), the blood starts its circulation, and all the organs of the digestive system are forming.
Cases for Calling an Ambulance
Call an ambulance or immediately visit the maternity welfare center if you’re experiencing the nagging pain in the abdomen, excreta from your breasts or genitals, minor greasing excreta, painful urination, high body temperature, pronounced nausea with vomiting more than 2-3 times a day, bleedings. These are the signs of danger or the beginning of a miscarriage.
Neutral excreta without color or smell is also worth mentioning by gynecologists.
The beginning of the second month of pregnancy is dangerous for women with hyperandrogenism because in this case the hormonal balance is disrupted and unfavorable for pregnancy. You should consult a doctor if you have excessive body hair, broad shoulders, narrow hips, oily skin of your face or head, pimples.
You should also immediately visit a doctor with any catarrhal disease because such things may affect the development of the placenta and the baby and require preventive measures.
Unpleasant Sensations During the Second Month of Pregnancy
- Frequent urination;
- Nausea, vomiting, excessive salivation;
- Heartburn, upset stomach, meteorism; acute condition of gastritis;
- Loss of appetite and eating whims;
- Swelling of breasts, darkened nipples, sudoriferous glands appeared around the nipples, pronounced net of vessels;
- Fainting and dizziness;
- Irritability, lack of restraint, tearfulness, anxiety, fear, joy, emotional upheaval;
- Varicose veins;
- Skin changes;
2 Months Pregnant Belly Pictures
Check out what the bellies look like in the second month of pregnancy.
2 Months Pregnant Ultrasound
5-6 weeks of gestational age – ultrasound provides a check of your baby’s heartbeat.
6-7 weeks of pregnancy – your baby is called an embryo. You may have an early ultrasound to confirm and date the pregnancy and to evaluate the way his organs go along with pregnancy.
Born in Belarus, 1985, a pedagogue and family psychologist, mother. Taking part in procedures of social adaptation of the foster children in new families. Since 2015 is a chief editor of the motherhow.com project, selecting the best and up-to-date material for those, who are planning, expecting, and already having babies.