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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.

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DerbyQueenDill - 16 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 - 32 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 - 32 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 - 36 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 sound­čść

amw050383 - 45 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 - 45 days ago
All day nausea!!!!! OMG!!!!!!! This is so different to my last two pregnancies and I am actually struggling terribly!!

amw050383 - 46 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 - 51 days ago
Treadingwater I'm sure 4 is all I can handle too. Lol.

Treadingwater - 51 days ago welcome to the group!

Treadingwater - 51 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 - 52 days ago 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 - 52 days ago
kekea-- ds#1 is 5, dd is 4, and ds#2 is 20 months - 53 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 - 53 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.

kekea - 53 days ago
Treading and 1morefor4. How old are your other children?

Treadingwater - 54 days ago
I have two boys and one girl. This is our last one. Lol we don't care if it's a girl or boy. It's our last.

1morefor4 - 55 days 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 - 56 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 - 56 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 - 57 days ago
Congrats 1Morefor4. We are working on #5 3 boys and 1 girl hoping for another girl...

1morefor4 - 57 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 - 57 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 - 58 days ago
Is everybody Feeling okay?

kekea - 58 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 - 59 days ago
Rowdi, not long until your ultrasound now! You must be getting excited! I'm looking forward to hearing about it. :)

RowdyRandi - 60 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 - 61 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 - 61 days ago
Marcel, Im very sad to hear of your loss. Sending you my thoughts. X

kekea - 61 days ago
Marcellab sorry to hear that. You are in my prayers... Rowdy you think your dates will go up or down...

RowdyRandi - 61 days ago
I'll get my dating ultrasound this friday. I'm pretty sure my due date will change

marcellab - 61 days ago
keke-i lost the baby, good luck to all of you !

kekea - 62 days ago
How are you ladies feeling. I'll be glad when this fatigue is over...

kekea - 62 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 - 62 days ago
Hi kekea saw that your back in week 7. What's your due date now?

kekea - 64 days ago
Marcellab how are things going? I am back at week 7 though...

kginok - 66 days ago
If ms is bad your dr should be able to give you something.

kekea - 66 days ago
Marcellab keeping you in my prayers...

marcellab - 67 days ago
texasmamaof5-i used Sea band writs badns with my previous pregnancies for nausea, it helped.

marcellab - 67 days ago
RowdyRandi an kginok-thanks so much!!! How are you all doing so far???

RowdyRandi - 67 days ago
Oh no marcellab I'm so sorry. I'll be praying for u too

kginok - 67 days ago
marcellab im so sorry you are going through that. I'll keep you in my prayers.

marcellab - 67 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 - 67 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 - 67 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 - 68 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 - 68 days ago
Well hurry to week 8. Lol. I'm alone besides marcellab. Where you at Marcellab?

RowdyRandi - 68 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 - 68 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 - 69 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 - 70 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

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