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By the end of your second month of pregnancy, your baby is about the size of a pinto bean and is approximately 14 to 20 mm long. If this is your first pregnancy, you still probably will not be showing yet. However, if this is not your first pregnancy you might be able to tell that you are pregnant. You will notice a slight change in how your clothes fit and your doctor can tell that your uterus is larger than normal. Before you were pregnant, your uterus was about the size of your fist. However, by 6 weeks of pregnancy, your uterus has grown to the size of a grapefruit!

Your baby is developing at an amazing rate during these early weeks. Eyelid folds and ears are forming. Your baby\'s eyes are still very wide apart on the sides of her head, but will eventually center themselves out. The tip of the nose is actually present at this time as well. On ultrasound you can see that the aortic and pulmonary valves of the heart are present. The tubes that lead from the throat to lungs are branching and your baby\'s torso is getting longer and beginning to straighten out. Just a few weeks ago, your baby\'s arms were tiny buds. Now the elbows are actually present and the arms and legs extend forward and have grown longer. Fingers and toes are becoming visible also.

One of the symptoms that you might feel around this time of your pregnancy is cramping or pain in your lower abdomen or side as your uterus grows. Some pregnant women feel tightening or contractions of the uterus. Do not get alarmed if you do not feel this though. If tightening of the uterus or contractions is accompanied by bleeding, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. Many pregnant women also experience an occasional pain that begins in their buttocks and radiates down their back or legs. This is known as sciatic nerve pain and can be extremely painful at times. More than likely the pain is caused by the pressure on the nerve and it is best to lie on the opposite side to relieve the pressure.


The tiny person growing inside of your uterus is protected by the amniotic sac, filled with amniotic fluid. Inside, the child swims and moves gracefully. The arms and legs have lengthened, and fingers can be seen. The toes will develop in the next few days.

The umbilical cord contains 3 blood vessels which link your baby\'s system to yours. The big one supplies your baby with blood which is rich in oxygen. The two smaller blood vessels return blood to the placenta. This blood is low in oxygen, and full of waste materials. At birth, umbilical cord can be two to four feet long.

See also Pregnancy Signs & Symptoms

See also Prenatal Vitamins





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shoot4-2 - 2 days ago
Well I went to have a bloodtest done on tuesday and wedensday I was called by my doctors nurse. she told me everything was looking great but her tone was low as if there was something wrong. she says' Well, your hcg levels are 119,844' I'm like, 'thats good right.' She tells me its good that its really high but I need you to come in for a ultrasound today at 4pm since your appt with the doctor is tuesday... I asked 'a I having a litter or something?!?' I couldnt understand why she sounded worried but was giving good news!... Well, there was only one baby, it looked to be nice and healthy and I love the lo to pieces already :) My bf was looking dissappointed- he hoped for twins! lmaoooo

r-baby3 - 4 days ago
Hey lookit and shoot4-2! Such a bummer you are so sick shoot4-2. I am having good days and bad ms days. I also have 2 daughters lookit. They are almost exactly 2 years apart. We are really hoping this unplanned baby is a boy! Off to week 9 I go. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

lookitserin - 5 days ago
Well after 6.5 years, I am expecting my 3rd child. I was last on this site in 2006 and found it so helpful, so I figured I would give it a try again. I am super excited about baby number 3! Fingers crossed that it is a boy as we currently have 2 daughters!

shoot4-2 - 6 days ago
Hi everyone! Im excited to be joining the preggo world again. I used this sight in 2009 while pregnant with my son. My screen name was excited1st... but due to a change of email I'm unable to open the same page :( anyway I am back and ive calculated that Im due on Christmas! This pregnancy has been much different than my last. I had no symptoms with my son, but this little bean has me feeling sick daily. Smhnits ok tho, i dont lose food easily so at least i know this baby is getting all the nutrients it needs from this bit i do eat... i forgot to mention i can only eat a few bites of food every 15-30 minutes... which suck because i love food i never feel hungry anymore... just a need to nurish this little fetus... thats my only motivation to eat these days :/

r-baby3 - 7 days ago
I am trying to be thankful for the symptoms as well but this is no fun! Hopefully you feel better soon! It sounds like you are miserable. You poor thing! Back in 2009 this site had so many people. It is definently a lot quieter in here than it use to be. I wonder why.

mamadownoz - 8 days ago
Oh that's no good! I completely understand, it sucks, and it feels like it's never going to end. I feel bad, like I know I should be grateful for the symptoms but seriously this is hard. I went back to dr today and she says I have Hyperemesis Gravadi? Something? Fancy way of saying as sick as a dog I suppose. She's cleared me to be off work for the next 4 weeks. Let's hope I'm better by then! This board is so quiet, I remember back in 2009 I couldn't keep up with everyone's posts!

r-baby3 - 9 days ago
Mamadownoz- the ms just hit me a few days ago. But oh my is it terrible! Have hardly gotten off the couch today. This is my 3rd and I dont remember it being this bad! It helps when I have food in my stomach. But that is hard because nothing sounds good and just thinking of food makes me want to puke! Hope it ends soon....like now lol! And I am soooooo tired!

mamadownoz - 9 days ago
I have just only hit 8 weeks today, I had my edd changed to Christmas Eve when I had my scan a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised to see a little baby in there, we've had a couple of MC's so had convinced myself that it wasn't going to work. Anyway here I am now at 8 weeks. I've been suffering bad MS (morn, noon and night) since 5.5 weeks. I've missed two weeks of work and it's really getting me down. My boobs are incredibly sore, I don't remember things being this hard last time, but I'm 37 now and it's been 5 years since I did this, maybe I'm getting old! How is everyone else going?

mamadownoz - 9 days ago
R-baby, I had the same issue, was on here in 2009 with my dd, but can't get back into that profile, so annoying.

mamadownoz - 9 days ago
Weber & Aussiemum I'm so sorry, I haven't been on in a few weeks and have just seen your posts. I'm sorry for your losses. I hope we see you back in here again soon.

weber3 - 10 days ago
I had an ultrasound and I am for sure losing the baby. Wish you all the best on this journey. I will probably stop in to see how everyone is doing.

r-baby3 - 11 days ago
Hi ladies! Not new to the site but my profile wasnt working so made a new one. Looks like a few of us are having some trouble! Thinking about you all. This is my third and my husband is already commenting that I am getting a little belly. I usually dont show this early. Really hoping there is only 1 in there!

weber3 - 11 days ago
Brown spotting has turned to pink spotting. Feeling crampy off and on. Still have all pregnancy symptoms. I just worked a 6 hour shift. I am off the next two days and my first midwife Appointment is supposed to be tomorrow. Maybe I will know more soon. As for now I am still pregnant at least. Wish I could keep this baby inside forever.

amy110 - 12 days ago
Weber .... ? Are you ok? What's going on? Thoughts and prayers with you.

amy110 - 12 days ago
Oh, Aussie. Hugs to you mama. I pray that you are able to grieve and that soon you will be back with good news for us to hear. Love and prayers.

weber3 - 12 days ago
Today I welcomed week 10 but just a few short hours later signs that my journey may be ending.

weber3 - 14 days ago
@aussiemom I am so sorry. I have been thru this heartbreak before and I send you big hugs. I am weeping with you. It is gonna be a long road till those tears stop but you will be back here soon and I can't wait to see you back with your take home baby. Good luck to you.

aussiemum86 - 15 days ago
Hi girls. Just updating you all, so since last friday I've had this brownish discharge on and off when i wipe. Went to the hospital and they done bloods and a scan the scan showed a baby that was 5w6d and i was supose to be nearly 9 weeks and my bloods were in the 8600 range. So that was wednesday i had to wait till friday to do repeat bloods, so i had them done and my levels had drop to 6000 so i opted to have a dnc done that afternoon i went to surgury at 6.30pm. I would just like to thank you girls for your support this is my first loss i had a missed miscarriage. I hope you all have no problems what so ever and you have a trouble free pregnancy. I will pop in every now and then to see how you are going. Hopefully i will only be a few months behind you guys ☺ xx

amy110 - 16 days ago
Oh, Aussie, I have been traveling for work and haven't been on the site for a number of days. I just saw your posts, and like Weber, I'm holding hope for you. Praying for you and your little one!! Farnham, thoughts with you as well. Many of us here have lost at least one, and really there is no understanding why :(

aussiemum86 - 16 days ago
Thanks @webber i go in the morning to see what my bloods say. If they have risen or not i had my last period 7th march and got a strong positive on the 8th april had no bleeding untill a few days ago i definitely got my last period the 7th of march as i was away seeing a friend for her bday. So i think a baby being 3 weeks behind might be to far for it to be a viable pregnancy i really hope so. But i guess I'm just getting my self ready incase its worst case scenario. Thank you for being positive all you girls thanks heaps. ☺

weber3 - 16 days ago
@aussiemom don't let this testing cause you to run for a d&c. I have met people on this forum who were told their baby wouldn't survive because of their numbers or age baby was measuring and told to have a d&c and they went on to have their baby. Still hoping good things for you.

weber3 - 16 days ago
@farmhamcarolina so sorry you are going thru a hard time right now. Facing the loss of a baby whether it was planned or not is heartbreaking for us. Our babies are a part of us and once we realize we are pregnant our entire life and being revolves around that little being. It is the death of a dream, of our plans for the future and of someone we love. There are so many emotions we go through but it is a real loss. Don't be hard on yourself you can't prevent or change what happens with your baby. I had a loss once at 10 weeks but I believe it stopped growing at 7 weeks as I lost my symptoms one by one. Wishing you the best on your journey and may you find God's comfort as you face what is to come.

pookalou - 17 days ago
@farnhamcarolina I'm sorry your having such a hard time right now. I'm sure your experiencing a lot of emotions. I am 8 weeks pregnant, this is my 3rd child but my 5th pregnancy. My first was a m/c during the fourth month, my fourth pregnancy but 2nd m/c during the first month....I can tell you honestly that it doesn't matter how far along you are you feel the loss deeply when it happens, so will the father although he will show it less. The hardest part is not knowing why it happened.....there can be so many different factors and reasons. Rest assured it is nothing you did or caused, and it doesn't mean that it will keep happening. Also until you get the results back you still have hope, ( my sister in law had a m/c but didn't know it was twins and she was still pregnant with one of them, just an example of how every pregnancy is different and no one can say how it will go until you get conclusive results) try to rest and take care of yourself in the mean time.

farnhamcarolina@gmail.com - 17 days ago
Hi I'm Rosie, I'm new to this and I'm kinda scared at this point. This is my first pregnancy and I finally saw a doctor yesterday. I'm 8 weeks and a few days. When I saw my doctor they took another pregnancy test and said that my hormone levels did not match my progression. So they are checking my hormone levels and I get my results on Monday. My doctor mentioned a missed abortion. She I looked it up it seems like that's exactly what's happening. My symptoms of pregnancy has subsided. I'm on the fence about how I feel, this was an unplanned pregnancy and I am I only 19. Bit when I chose to have the baby I became very excited.i know that not being pregnant could life a lit of worry off of my shoulders but it can also bring new worry. I do t understand why this happens...

aussiemum86 - 17 days ago
Ok so i had an u/s per vaginal and tech could see a baby measuring 5w6d but when bloods came back from the hospital they were 8649 so that puts me around what i thought i was 8w4d so i have to have bloods done on friday and see if they have doubled if they haven't its not a viable pregnancy and is a missed m/c they have they will reschedule another u/s for a week or two later and see whats happening. I feel as though bub stopped growing at 5w6d and that i will mc. I kinda of don't feel positive at all and feel like i should just ask for a d&c to clean me out so i can try again. Looking at the net and most peoples post haven't been positive . But i would prefer to have a mc then to.bring a child into the world with cronic disability. I think everything happens for a reason. I will update everyone on friday after i go back to the hospital to get bloods done and get my result. So thursday American day and time 😟

weber3 - 17 days ago
@aussiemom I am still holding on to hope for you.

thrice blessed - 17 days ago
Sending lots of hugs and prayers to you Aussiemum!!!

aussiemum86 - 17 days ago
Not looking good girls had us but then had to have a vaginal us done they can see a baby measuring 6w1d and no heart the tech said there still could be a chance but i think i know that might be losing the baby. 😭 still wating at the hospital to talk to a doc to see what my options are

thrice blessed - 18 days ago
I used this site back in 2008 when I was pregnant with my daughter. I loved it! There doesn't seem to be near as many people that are on here now tthough, and I hate that. I met some awesome people on this site and have remained friends to this day! Happy 8 weeks!

weber3 - 18 days ago
@aussiemom hugs to you right now. Hope your ultrasound gives you reassurance that all is well. It is good that you still have symptoms. Praying all is well. I never had that be someone did in my weeklies before and she just had some sort of vaginitis.

aussiemum86 - 18 days ago
Hi guys well i have been spotting like this browish goo stuff only when i wipe kind of reminds me of the mucus plug so i decided to the hospital this afternoon there wasn't much they could do they scheduled an us for 9am in the morning im praying its nothing major never had this before. The doctor said it could be bits of my mucus plug coming away. Im really nervous that they wont be able to find a heart beat or the baby has stopped growing. I really hope not. I still have the sore boobs if i touch them or bump them so.hopefully that's a good sign. Has anyone else had the same sort of thing happen?

Mckenzie3 - 19 days ago
FINALLY! Why is it that the 1st trimester is the longest? Today I have an appointment with my doctor to make sure everything is going as planned. She said that I would have an ultrasound as well since I am considered high-risk. So excited to see the heartbeat and feel some reassurance. Can't wait!!!

aussiemum86 - 20 days ago
Hello week 8 ☺

weber3 - 22 days ago
@pookalou I am getting lots of stomach pain and cramps here in 8 weeks. Finally feeling a bit of pressure too. Keep worrying about tubal pregnancy with each pain lol. I do this with each pregnancy.

pookalou - 23 days ago
Thx for all the encouraging comments. I start week 8 today. Not much change. Still super sick all day, and exhausted. I have to pack for a family weekend away and I have no desire or energy for it. I am also having stomach pain and cramps but from what I can tell reading wk 8 info probably due to growing uterus. I was sick like this with all of my pregnancies. It usually clears up into the second trimester, looking forward to that.

weber3 - 24 days ago
My symptoms were just a little worse today. Thinking that's a good sign all is well. So excited for the first midwife appointment. Come 10 weeks just a little faster please.

DerbyQueenDill - 44 days ago
Hello fellow preggos! It's been a while since I've been on here, but hoping to find some support. This pregnancy has been really hard so far, nothing like my other 2. I've been diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. I didn't have it with my others. As with my last pregnancy, there's a lot going on, I'm under a lot of stress and again I'm having to deal with a move to start a whole new kind of life, leaving people behind and having to start all over again. Anyway, enough ramble, I'm looking forward to chatting with you all!

lil.pigz - 60 days ago
Aha! I did finally hear babies heartbeat today, without a doubt. It read 137 then 143 only for a split second though. I KNOW it was it because I had just heard mine seconds before I moved the doppler and then caught the babies. Truly a night and day difference in sound and like you said alicia, d3finitely peace of mind!! I was considering going to the er just to make up shit so they would do an ultrasound,lol. I cant see my dr yntil my insurance goes through, so Im totally in the dark for now.

2bBlessedw2 - 60 days ago
There really is no action in here. I've been listening to baby now for a few days. Usually baby's is around 156-174. Love having my PEACE of mind. I need it! Still super sick and tired. Boo. I have two dr appts tomorrow. MFM dr and the genetics counselor. I'll be getting my Harmony test done on April 2nd. Moving right along!

lil.pigz - 64 days ago
So...eerily...quiet. Nothing like this site use to be years ago. So I still dont have any symptoms other than major fatigue. It sucks! I literally get excited thinking about bedtime ever night,lol. Naps are not possible during the day and frowned upon for adults apparently,lol. Atleast my 5 yr old ses to think so. I tried the doppler today for fun. I swear I caught a split second glimpse of baby at 137bpm. It was the distinct galloping sound😆

amw050383 - 73 days ago
Meeeee too nikki.e. It is horrible! I literally roll out of bed and drag myself to work. I really cant function. All I want to do is lay in a ball in bed and cry haha! I feel so bad that I have a hard time trying to play with my son. Hoping this passes soon.

nikki.e - 73 days ago
All day nausea!!!!! OMG!!!!!!! This is so different to my last two pregnancies and I am actually struggling terribly!!

amw050383 - 74 days ago
Hi ladies! How is everyone feeling. I am dying a slow death these days it feels haha. I was not this sick at all with my son. Hoping this all day nausea subsides very soon!

kekea - 79 days ago
Treadingwater I'm sure 4 is all I can handle too. Lol.

Treadingwater - 79 days ago
mamatubz619@gmail.com welcome to the group!

Treadingwater - 79 days ago
kekea- that is crazy! I give you mad props! My kids drive me crazy already. I think four is all I can handle. Lol

kekea - 80 days ago
mamatubz619@gmail.com I have a 13 month old and a 27 month old. My 3rd child was only 13 months when I had my 4th. Just remember to still give your baby girl love and attention. I call them my big baby and my little baby. Lol. My 1 year old is actually bigger than my 2 year old and people are always mistaken them for twins. It is not bad at all. Treading My oldest is 7 as well, I have a 4 year old baby girl who has been begging us for a sister, and 1yr old and 2 yr old boys.

1morefor4 - 80 days ago
kekea-- ds#1 is 5, dd is 4, and ds#2 is 20 months

mamatubz619@gmail.com - 81 days ago
Hello everyone, this is my first post on this website. I have 4 children and currently pregnant. i have'nt officially had my dr's appointment to see ultrasound and make sure everything is good, but took two home pregnancy tests and 1 at dr's office and all are positive. my oldester is 12 (girl), 2nd is 10 (boy), 3rd is 7 (boy) and 4th is 6 months today (girl). It would be ideal if we had another girl since we have all of my babygirls stuff, but we would be happy either way. :) does anyone have any advice on having a baby so close in age to the youngest? my youngest is currently 6 months, she'll be 1 year and 1 month when this baby is born.....i'm a little scared.......

Treadingwater - 81 days ago
My oldest is 7 (boy). Second is 3 turning 4 next month (boy). Third is a girl she's only 18 months! My husband conceived this baby unexpectedly and very quickly which is very unusual.



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