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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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mandykat760 - 13 days ago
Supama, this is my third and I agree it's all amazing and miserable. Haha I can't Wait for this ms and cold to go away. I'm actually debating a flu shot this year.with my last pregnacy I caught the flu and ended up in the hospital. It took 3 bags of IV fluid to make me pee. I was so dehydrated. I'm starting to feel that way with this sickness.

supama - 14 days ago
Lol, so my enemy, too. And, yes, i will crave something and know I have a 15-minute window of getting/eating it, or i cant anymore. Uggggh. At least ive put back on 2 lbs from my visit 2 wks ago. Ice cream and fruit are about the only thing i can handle right now....and pickles. Lol. Did have another U/S tonight, and heartrate is at 188, and I actually got to see little arms and legs bc 'she' was grooving in there. 4Th time, but still sooooo crazzzzy!

mandykat760 - 14 days ago
Food is my enemy!

supermom87 - 15 days ago
Anyone having strong cravings then when you eat what you're craving you can't eat much this is driving me crazy I was craving salad I fixed one and couldn't eat over like 5 bites and then I felt stuffed

sher-baby - 15 days ago
Well this was my first time throwing up but hopefully it's the last.

mandykat760 - 15 days ago
My doctor told me I could take 1/2 tablet of unisome and a b6 for morning sickness. Fingerscrossed it works!

supama - 15 days ago
I had a dream last night that i went into a fast labor at home & delivered a baby girl with long dark hair all by myself, lol. Like i just knew exactly what to do, and put her right on my boob. But when i looked at her nursing, she had the face of a 6 month-old. It was so crazy, lol. Her hair was so long!! Hahaaa

supama - 15 days ago
Sherbaby, i remember having to pull my car over and vomit during my 1st pregnancy once...i was teaching 6th grade that year- worst morning ever, lol. Im still feeling hungover every morning, but its been easing up in the afternoon, thank goodness. Its been so bad this time ive actually lost 5 lbs :(

sher-baby - 15 days ago
I just threw up for the first time this pregnancy...and I was in my car! Ugh!!! That sucked! How is every one else's morning going so far?

klawest2 - 16 days ago
I created a Facebook group for all IAP mamas who are due in 2015 :) search 'IAP 2015' and request to be added! I was a part of the IAP 2012 Facebook group and still keep up with lots of the mamas I met there!

supermom87 - 16 days ago
Yeah me too I hate being scared every time I turn around i want to be excited instead I'm living in panic of what if after losing 2 pregnancies the only thing positive i hold on to is i got 4 living

sher-baby - 16 days ago
Supermom-that's what I had! I hope that's all and u can start enjoying ur pregnancy without worrying quite soo much

supermom87 - 16 days ago
The Dr said it is a subchoronic bleed think I spelled it right

supermom87 - 16 days ago
Thank you for the good luck ladies I am waiting to be seen now being I'm a walk in it probably take all day ugh hoping my baby is ok I will update later

sher-baby - 16 days ago
good luck ladies!! i hope everything works out for you both!!

mandykat760 - 16 days ago
Good luck supermom. I have my appoinment at 1130 to see what's inside me :/

supermom87 - 16 days ago
Plz pray for my family we are going to Dr in the morning instead of waiting till Thursday in having spotting and hurting so bad I can't hardly go I'm so scared I'm praying for this sweet baby

babylove5 - 18 days ago
I'm totally over the 1 trimester. I Hv 3 weeks and then praise The Lord it will be the second trimester. I can't wait, I Hv to clean out the garage and closets while I feel like it. The last trimester I feel like it's a time race against time to get stuff done. Football will be over soon and i cant wait. I also want to like food again

babylove5 - 18 days ago
Supama I feel the same. I have told my children to leave me alone and I totally went off on my hubby for no reason. These hormones are to much!!!Supermom I wouldn't tell her anything. My mother is really annoying too and I don't Hv much to do with her. Her presence is a total mess. I avoid people like that like the plague.. Lol

supermom87 - 19 days ago
I will be glad to see Thursday get here my sister lied had me stressed out so bad yesterday and today telling people I lost my baby I cried my eyes cause have lost 2 babies in the past so I know what its pike to lose a pregnancy and she just doesn't know how deeply that hurt me I woke up today still hurt and angry but at same time I just don't feel pregnant anymore it scares me that I may have gotten upset to the point i caused myself to lose my baby ugh I hate being on edge like this

sher-baby - 19 days ago
Morning ladies!!!....super super tired this morning! I really just wanna lay in bed and sleep all day but I've got to get to work....god, today is gonna suck!

supama - 20 days ago
FINALLY feeling a bit more normal at night, but man, oh, man, am I the only one irritated at EVERY person in the world?? I have never had road rage, & today i rolled up next to a guy at my kids' school and called him out for being an inconsiderate jerk for doing a u-turn in the pick-up lane. Like i felt like fighting his dumb self, lol. And i LOVE my 3 yr-old, but today i had to tell her to stay out of my ass (i am home with her right now). Gahhhh!!!!

sher-baby - 20 days ago
Supermom- u/s are like super super sensitive microphones in a sense. They pick up images using sound waves so there's no exposure to any kind of radiation.!! They are safe Hun!

sher-baby - 20 days ago
So I'm self diagnosing with OCD! I decided to give it a try, and I think I found it. I found it right away too. I was playing around with it for about 10mins just to hear what else I could hear, and I heard a muffled and different sound on the left side that I think may have been my own hb echoing from my femoral artery. So I'm assuming what I first heard (which was on the right side) was either the fetal heart beat (YAAY!!!) or my placenta. But I deff heard sounded like a washing machine! I'm not going to read to much into it, and see what my dr. Hears and see if it sounds like what I heard.

babylove5 - 20 days ago
I can no longer button my jeans! I weighed myself and I went from 117 to 120. I must have a huge uterus and I hate not knowing what to wear. I am going to get one of those jeans extender things on eBay to make the waist bigger. Sher I wouldn't do it because it's hard to find and you probably won't find it. You don't want to stress yourself out.

sher-baby - 20 days ago
8weeks tomorrow whoo hooo!! My m/c last year was around week 6-7 so I'm feeling good about this preg. my Doppler came in today..what do u think the odds are that Icould pick up a heartbeat at this point?? I know it really rearly but do u think it's possible considering the dr.'s got a heartbeat almost 2 weeks ago on the u/s?? What do u think?

babylove5 - 21 days ago
I believe they have found that it doesn't cause any harm with ultrasounds. Best wishes and I had a miscarriage before my second and went on to have a healthy baby. My hubby last night asked me to turn to the side and said wow you are already showing!!! He then said you better plan on telling everybody at Christmas because you won't be able to hide it. I really am just bloated and look like I ate about 5 hamburgers!!!

supermom87 - 21 days ago
Hello week 8. Ladies I have a question. Anyone else having to get ultrasounds done every 2wks? I am having to get them every 2wks to check on baby because I suffered 2 missed miscarriages. I am just wondering if it's really safe to do ultrasounds that often. I'm guessing the fetal specialist will do ultrasounds also. Praying this sweet baby makes it.

pumpkinfairy - 22 days ago
hey ladies I join you tomarrow in week 8, tonight I feel like death warmed over, lately, no food agrees with me I gag while eating and or feel like throwing it all back up hope you all are doing well

bean79 - 22 days ago
Yeah, my husband can't seem to figure out why I'm so tired. I have told him a million times it's pregnancy, but he says, 'Didn't you sleep last night?' Sheesh. I didn't have this problem with other 3 pregnancies, though. But he's getting so much better. He even took our 3 boys to a swim party last weekend while I stayed home all day by myself. Lovely. But I'm a SAHM, so I still have to cook and clean and all that, but thankfully my husband doesn't care if it's not perfect. (He does, however, care that I don't feel like having sex!)

babylove5 - 22 days ago
Floy I think a lot of men don't want to understand. They only want what they want. I was thinking I am going to take full advantage of my pregnancy and let my hubby start doing more. Once the baby is here we will be exhausted. If he complains i will just go lay down and take a nap. You should just tell him you have to adjust to the pregnancy and so he will too. We are growing a beautiful baby, we deserve only the best!! We definitely are the stronger sex. We do so much that a man would never do. :-)

floydianslip2 - 22 days ago
Well, technically I’m in week 9, but I’m pretty much by myself in there. So I’m going to pop in here and ask the same question I just asked in week 9… Does anyone have any issues with DH just not getting it? Just not understanding why you're so tired and cranky, or why you don't want to eat certain foods or even make dinner? My DH is really struggling this time around and since my last pregnancy was so much easier than this one he thinks I should be Suzy Sunshine or something. He is so insensitive right now I can't stand being around him! I’m at a loss…

babylove5 - 22 days ago
The morning sickness is back and worse than before!!! This little baby is kicking my butt! I didn't have it with my others. I don't understand how every pregnancy can be different.

floydianslip2 - 23 days ago
Thanks ladies! It's only been 5 years since my last pregnancy, you'd think I would remember most of this!I don't get the deal with 1st doctor appointments, it seems like they push them back later and later. I was shocked to be able to get in at 8 weeks to be honest, because everyone I know had to wait til at least 10 weeks!

babylove5 - 23 days ago
Floy I wouldn't worry about the heartbeat. The baby is tiny and so is the heart. It makes it very hard to find. Wait until 12 weeks to hear it. I am soo tired! I feel like I am on sleeping pills, but my other symptoms seem to be improving. Bean I wasn't going until 12 weeks but I started spotting so I got in early. The baby is fine though!

bean79 - 23 days ago
floydianslip - You're probably right about the heartbeat. Didn't even think about that. This is my 4th baby, and I could have sworn that we heard the heartbeat by 10 weeks with them all, but maybe my memory is off. Guess I'll just relax and wait! :)

floydianslip2 - 23 days ago
I went in today for a BP follow up and the CNA thought I was 14 weeks instead of almost 9 and tried to use the doppler. Needless to say she didn't pick up on anything. So I asked her if it isn't too early for that, and she realized her mistake. I asked the doctor about it and she said they don't usually use the doppler until 12 weeks because it's very rare to pick up a heart beat this early, but now I'm worried. Bean, I was able to get in at 8 weeks, but I feel like more and more people are having to wait until 11 or 12 weeks. I know exactly what you mean about being nervous, my symptoms have started easing up too, and rather than feeling relieved I'm just worried!

bean79 - 23 days ago
So happy to be in week 8, although my doctor won't see patients until week 10. My appointment isn't until Sept. 12, and by then I'll be almost 11 weeks. That's just an appointment with the nurse. They didn't schedule me with the doctor until week 12. What's up with that? I don't even know if I'll get to hear the heartbeat until week 12. I'm just hoping I can pick it up on my home doppler before then, because I'll just worry otherwise! And forget about an ultrasound. Doubt they'll do that. I'm sure it's nothing, but my nausea just went away and my boobs are no longer very sore, so of course I'm nervous. Guess I'll just wait some more...anyone else have to wait that long for an appointment?

babylove5 - 25 days ago
Halesss congrats! My lil ones heartbeat was about the same maybe we are both having boys!!! I don't know about you but ill be happy regardless, although another boy would fit well with my other 3 and all the boy toys.

floydianslip2 - 27 days ago
Glad to hear it went well! :)

halesss7410 - 27 days ago
The ultrasound went great!!! I'm 8+2 and the hb was 158! It was a pretty quick scan and she said everything looked great! Yolk sack still there and hb was good and strong:) I'm so relieved. My uterus is tilted back a lot and baby was actually a lot higher than I thought. So relieved! I thought for sure there would be an empty sac. I have no symptoms, or not strong ones- just tired, unmotivated, slight nausea, no sore boobs. My house is filthy. I'm going to get it done this weekend. My oldest starts 1st grade Monday and I need it organized before then. My kitchen, sadly, stays dirty. I'm hoping to get a tad bit more energy soon:) and it'll help only having one kid here instead of two during the day:) haha although she is 1 and that is pretty much tornado age;)

floydianslip2 - 27 days ago
RJean, I know exactly what you mean, my house has definitely been falling into the not-so-clean category lately. I just have no energy and feel so nasty! DH has promised that he'll help me scrub down this weekend so hopefully it will be okay after that. The only thing I do is small tasks. Empty the dishwasher and reload it, spray down the kitchen counters, and then done for the day. The next day I'll vacuum, then that's it. It's not working for me, LOL! I just keep telling myself that in a few weeks I'll get my energy back and can do a full deep cleaning then.

RJean - 27 days ago
Halesss-good luck! My first apt isn't until the 4th, so I was totally feeling your pain until you got bumped up ;). I haven't noticed any preggo brain yet-unless you count how often I lose my keys. Anyone have any tips for keeping a clean house? I feel pretty yucky and have absolutely no motivation to clean.

floydianslip2 - 27 days ago
Good luck halesss! Can't wait to hear about how it goes!

babylove5 - 27 days ago
Halesss good luck on your ultrasound!

halesss7410 - 28 days ago
I go in tomorrow at 12:30! So excited. I was stupid and took a test this morning just to reassure myself and the line was super faint. I freaked out. Then I googled the cheapie tests and it says that about this time it does that and you have to dilute your urine. It was a strong positive then. Lol no more testing for me. I'm just praying all is well tomorrow! I can't wait! I'm going to sleep in so that the morning goes by super fast! Haha *** I haven't had the pregnancy brain that much- unless I'm always scatter brained chasing my kids all day:)

floydianslip2 - 28 days ago
11 weeks?! Holy cow! It was hard enough waiting til 8 weeks, I can't even imagine having to wait an extra 3. I hope your friend is able to get you in, that would be amazing! So off topic, but has anyone else noticed early pregnancy brain yet? I feel like I'm slowly losing my mind over here!

halesss7410 - 29 days ago
My first two were also at 8 weeks but this appt is at 11weeks 'sept 9' :( ugh. Not that they really do anything more than preg test, pap, and paper work... I would at least get to maybe get a good due date! Lol. I'm guessing on my last af. I'm still Breastfeeding and my periods are wacky from that. I'm pretty sure I'm 8 wks give or take a couple of days... But I'm not going to tell them that. I'm hoping I'll be able to get a dating scan. I may get a small scan this Friday. I used to work at the hospital and I have a friend that is an u/s tech. If she could sneak me in Friday, it would be just awesome! I would love to see if everything is ok (since I keep trying my Doppler and can't find a hb) She will also be able to give me a due date:) Hopefully with my oldest starting first grade Monday, everything will fly by:) Let me mention that I am also not having as many symptoms... I felt pretty great today and yesterday. I'm miserable full now and ready for bed, but I kinda didn't feel pregnant today. The 1st tri is my least fav because I worry:(

mommylh - 29 days ago
Same here Halesss, I haven't had my first appointment yet either. For some reason I remember with my first two it being at around 8 weeks, but this time around it's not till 11 weeks, which seems real strange to me.

floydianslip2 - 29 days ago
Halesss - when is your first appointment?

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