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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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1morefor4 - 23.4 hours ago
kekea-- my firstborn was a boy and my second was a girl. we swore we were done. then dh started talking about how he really always wanted more than 2 and I said ok one more and that will be the tiebreaker. we got another boy. and said no odd numbers lol. but we changed our mind again and said 3 was enough. then we changed our mind again and decided 1 more and then he'll get a vasectomy. it's going to be handful but so worth it. I love each one of my babies for so many different reasons.

kekea - 2 days ago
1Morefor4 my first two were a boy and girl which was perfect. Lol. But o wouldn't change it for the world. I really enjoy watching all of them grow up, and they are all so different. With that being said if we have a girls then a vasectomy or tubal ligation is in play...

1morefor4 - 2 days ago
Kekea-- thanks. It's still a bit shocking for me to be on number 4. I always thought I'd stop at 2. But something about a big family just seems right.

kekea - 3 days ago
Congrats 1Morefor4. We are working on #5 3 boys and 1 girl hoping for another girl...

1morefor4 - 3 days ago
hi everyone. I had my dating scan today and based on that i'm 8w2d today and due Oct. 7th. my own calculations based on the closest thing to af that I had recently had me at 7 weeks due Oct. 15th but I'm running with what they gave me because my cycles were kind of wonky anyway. for the record this will be my and dh's 4th baby. we have 2 boys and 1 girl so far. i post in my blog here as often as possible so if you want to follow my pregnancy journey feel free to add me and read my updates.

RowdyRandi - 3 days ago
Had my appt today. I was measuring 8 wks 4 days which puts my due date oct 5th. Heartbeat was 169. Got a gallon of blood drawn lol and more appointments setup. All in all everything looked good so far.

kekea - 5 days ago
Is everybody Feeling okay?

kekea - 5 days ago
Original from my last period my due date will be 9/27 but ultra sound gave me a edd of 10/2. Which we put me about a week behind. I have never haD a dating ultrasound and all of my babies came in the 30th week so I'm not expecting to make it to either of those dates.

LittleAussieChick - 5 days ago
Rowdi, not long until your ultrasound now! You must be getting excited! I'm looking forward to hearing about it. :)

RowdyRandi - 6 days ago
Kekea I'm not sure but with my 1st pregnancy the date was further out. I wonder if that was just because she was small for gestational age. Guess alls i can do is wait and see. I don't have a clue when i could have conceived

LittleAussieChick - 7 days ago
Kekea, i noted in week 7 you wrote that your dating ultrasound showed a different timeline to what you thought your conception date was. How many days different was it? For my last two pregnancies i have been a bit different in earlier U/S until the 12 week u/s when baby size tends to line up. :)

LittleAussieChick - 7 days ago
Marcel, Im very sad to hear of your loss. Sending you my thoughts. X

kekea - 7 days ago
Marcellab sorry to hear that. You are in my prayers... Rowdy you think your dates will go up or down...

RowdyRandi - 7 days ago
I'll get my dating ultrasound this friday. I'm pretty sure my due date will change

marcellab - 7 days ago
keke-i lost the baby, good luck to all of you !

kekea - 8 days ago
How are you ladies feeling. I'll be glad when this fatigue is over...

kekea - 8 days ago
Hey rowdy. Well the tech gave me a edd of Oct 2. I'm going to stick with my original due date because im pretty sure about my dates...

RowdyRandi - 8 days ago
Hi kekea saw that your back in week 7. What's your due date now?

kekea - 10 days ago
Marcellab how are things going? I am back at week 7 though...

kginok - 12 days ago
If ms is bad your dr should be able to give you something.

kekea - 12 days ago
Marcellab keeping you in my prayers...

marcellab - 13 days ago
texasmamaof5-i used Sea band writs badns with my previous pregnancies for nausea, it helped.

marcellab - 13 days ago
RowdyRandi an kginok-thanks so much!!! How are you all doing so far???

RowdyRandi - 13 days ago
Oh no marcellab I'm so sorry. I'll be praying for u too

kginok - 13 days ago
marcellab im so sorry you are going through that. I'll keep you in my prayers.

marcellab - 13 days ago
So I'm really upset, started bleeding and cramping Sunday, went to the ER cause my doctor couldnt fit me in on MOnday, they did an ultra sound, tech said there was no sac and no baby.... said that i either miscarried, or that I'm not as far along as I thought I was. But I'm pretty accurate on my dates, my HCG levels are at 1000 and they said if they go down then I will miscarry if I haven't already, but if they go up, that there is still hope. I'm still bleeding and cramping... I go back to the doctor on Thursday, this isn't looking too good though.

kginok - 13 days ago
Hello all! I hope everyone is doing ok. I am 8 wks 4 days. I went yesterday for u/s and it was amazing! Measuring right on track, heart rate was 164, just can't wait to hit the second trimester. I have had two m/c recently so a bit scared. I already have 8 year old twin daughters.

kekea - 13 days ago
Summer27rayne I am sick at times but extremely fatigued. Yea it is quit now but we are attempting to get it bac moving. Congrats on your pregnancy.

Summer27Rayne - 14 days ago
Hooray for week 8! Was here on previous children. This site is really quiet now. Sick but surviving. How are all of you?

kekea - 14 days ago
Well hurry to week 8. Lol. I'm alone besides marcellab. Where you at Marcellab?

RowdyRandi - 14 days ago
I'm actually not quite in 8 wks i peaked ahead but it was so quiet in here i thought i should leave a comment

RowdyRandi - 14 days ago
Just gingerale and trying to eat things that will be gentle on my tummy when i do eat like saltines and soup and popsicles

kekea - 15 days ago
Hey RowdyRandy!!!You are in week 8 with me!!I found out I was pregnant at week 4 so it is actually going by quite fast for me. Countygrl3 the site has changed a lot but hopefully we can all be a support to each other. RowdyRandy what are you doing for the sickness?

RowdyRandi - 16 days ago
Countrygrl3 sorry to hear about that really hope it gets better. It is rather quiet on this site now could be maybe a lot of girls aren't expecting right now. I only know one other girl in my area that's also pregnant right now. Last pregnancy there was 7 girls i knew pregnant same time as me

countrygrl3 - 20 days ago
Hello! I'm new here this time around but I did check this site frequently with my other two pregnancies. I'm 8 weeks 3 days and had an ultrasound today and just like last week the baby is measuring spot on with a heart beat of 170 but the sac is measuring 6 days behind. I am on lovenox injections with all my pregnancies due to a blood clotting disorder so I'm just crossing my fingers that the sac catches up in growth. So scary! Hoping to find some mental support here but this site doesn't seem to be as busy as before! Hope everyone is doing well. - 21 days ago
texasmomof5 my saving grace with all of my pregnancies was vegemite toast. But i know you guys don't eat vegemite over there. Plain salted potato chips help me...and chewing peppermint gum. I am currently wanting a Mcdonalds cheeseburger with no meat dipped in sweet and sour sauce.

texasmamaof5 - 24 days ago
Anyone have suggestions on what to eat? Every smell makes me sick and I can't seem to stomach anything

babylove5 - 24 days ago
Congrats holz!! Everything sounds right this time around!!!I know you are thrilled!

holz8519 - 25 days ago
Hello ladies went for my dating ultrasound today and I am measuring 8 weeks 1 day, 2 days a head of where I thought I was. Baby's heart beat was 160 beats per minute. So relieved that everything is going right.

austinjeanxo - 25 days ago
Yesterday was my birthday and it was really cruddy..... Spent all day in hospital..... I have hypermesis gravidarum so had to get fluids.... ER dr made it clear I need to be in close touch with my dr about it... Kinda worried me.. He said he saw some elevated white blood cells but that it was probably because of the stress of throwing up..... Hope everyone else is doing well!

imamom - 25 days ago
So happy to be in week 8 - 25 days ago
Hello 8Weeks

texasmamaof5 - 26 days ago
I had such a bad day today. Lots of crying.

texasmamaof5 - 26 days ago
Don't know if its hormones or circumstances but I'm really angry today. Where is everybody?

texasmamaof5 - 27 days ago
So we told the kids yesterday. They don't believe it 'but you're not big mom' lol. Then they got excited asking all sorts of questions like what we'll name the baby when it will be born (all the way until September?!) Overall went over nicely.

delarla - 31 days ago
I LOVE the name declyn. Had my first app yesterday. Saw the little gummy bear and it's heart beat. I have a feelng it's a girl. Also, got a horrible stomach bug yesterday with a high fever so now I'm worried ive screwed up this kids teeth. My youngest has very soft enamel due to getting sick while pregnant so she is more prone to cavities. Hope everyone is feeling ok.

Free2Bmom - 33 days ago
Curtis, Carter, Colt, Colton, Colter, Colbi, Calbi, Corbi, Caira, and you Hubby might love Caliber. My baby has to be a D name. If it's a boy he will one day inherit a multi million dollar farming operation So he has to have the same initials as my hubby. The only ones we even kinda like are Denver, Dalton and Daxton. I'm not crazy about any of them. My husband loves Drake but I reallllllly don't.

flybear - 34 days ago
We have a thing for 4 letter, two syllable names. :)

flybear - 34 days ago
Ah, i typed out a responseand accidently deleted it. Lol Delarla... Cora, Corrine, Carrie, Colette, Carly, Clark, Caleb, Casey, Corey, Clarence, Conrad, Cameron, Connor

delarla - 34 days ago
Ok ladies I need some name help! Our 4th baby will follow our 'C' theme. My husband is VERY excited about calling this one C4( hes a marine so anything that goes BOOM makes him happy) Im looking for help with baby names that start with C. We already have Calli, Caden, and Chloe. Extra points if its a hard C and 5 letters! Hope everyone is feeling well!

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