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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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delarla - 21.1 hours 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 - 3 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 - 4 days ago
We have a thing for 4 letter, two syllable names. :)

flybear - 4 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 - 4 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!

mrscephas - 5 days ago
Anybody out there?

mrscephas - 9 days ago
Hello week 8! It's a ghost town...

claraxx - 16 days ago
In week 8 finally! Time is standing still!

SummerGirl - 23 days ago
I live in Niagara Falls its really cold down here and its also very windy and just started snowing. My hubbie said we are in a storm watch.

xEricaLynn - 23 days ago
P.S. It is a blizzard outside! I live in Wisconsin. My husband works two jobs, so he's rarely home. Hate being housebound, because I'm not driving in this snow if I don't have to. Hope everyone else is safe!

xEricaLynn - 23 days ago
M&M McFlurry, yum... I cruise the What To Expect August 2015 boards everyday, a lot of people post there, but I probably shouldn't visit it anymore. So many 'do's and don'ts' posts and online drama. I haven't had any cravings. Haven't thrown up, but didn't throw up with any of my previous ones... Don't really have any symptoms anymore, besides being tired. My baby's heart could stop at any time, so I've been preparing myself for it. I just want to know if baby is still alive on the 16th. Hard to stay positive. Good luck at your appointment maimai!

maimai88 - 23 days ago
same here, Ericalynn! It has been freezing. FX for a good appointment on the 16th! My first appointment is coming up this Monday...I'm so excited! Nausea has been really bad this week...I had an M&M McFlurry for lunch today because it was the only thing that sounded good lol. It is soo quiet in this group..when I was pregnant with my first ( in 2011), it was always super busy! Then it was less busy already when I was pregnant in 2013...I guess everyone joins a FB group or something?

xEricaLynn - 24 days ago
Horrible headaches due to Occipital Neuralgia and drastic change in temperatures, subzero here! :-(

xEricaLynn - 26 days ago
I have my next ultrasound on the 16th, and praying that our baby still has a heartbeat. Seems so far away, I'm counting down the days! I've had three prior missed miscarriages and three early losses. This is #7, hoping lucky number 7!

maimai88 - 26 days ago
1 week until my ultrasound! I have a feeling this week is gonna drag....

cantwaittobeamom - 28 days ago
Hey moms! Haven't checked in in a couple of weeks~! WOW! It's amazing how each pregnancy is so different! This is baby number 4...very sick most mornings then just not hungry and exhausted the rest of the day...except right now I am very nauseous...Might have something to do with the smell of dinner lingering and my 1, 3 and 4 year old yelling and running around like sillies! LoL Hope everyone is having a good new year so far! 9 weeks tomorrow!

maimai88 - 29 days ago
So glad to be in week 8! Anyone else joining me?

charcharsuperstar - 39 days ago
Hi moms! I have had 3 children with IAP.. and i'm excited with this new one ! I am 8 weeks in just 2 days, so i thought i would hop in and say hi. I've miscarried several times so I am so happy for every moment this pregnancy lasts!

kimster - 46 days ago
Hi ladies! I'm baaack! First time posting with this new pregnancy,I was addicted to this website throughout my first two. I'm 8w 4d and super excited! Hope all is great with everyone else!

flybear - 50 days ago
1 week until my first ultrasound!

flybear - 51 days ago
Mine are boy-5, girl-3, boy-1. I cannot lie, I want a girl. So. Bad. Not that a boy would not be welcomed and loved. It probably is a boy, bc that's how life goes. Haha we have a name picked either way though. I have to know. I love the idea of waiting, for other people. Lol but I just really enjoy knowing.

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 51 days ago
My oldest is a girl, my middle child is a boy, and my youngest is a girl. Since we have both I'm not really hoping for a particular gender. Also, I decided to go team yellow this time around and not find out the gender until the baby is born. What about you?

flybear - 52 days ago
I am still a sahm so the biggest adjustment well probably just be our bedtime routine. Thankfully. What gender are your kids and what are you hoping for? Other than healthy. Lol

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 52 days ago
Are you still a stay at home mom? I currently work full time but I might have to go back to being a stay at home mom due to the high cost of day care. So many changes are about to occur because I also have to get another vehicle to make sure the little ones have enough room in the back, and we're also thinking about moving into a four bedroom place. My spouse has a seven passenger vehicle already so a new vehicle will probably be last priority since we'll have a way of getting around as a family if we use his car.

flybear - 52 days ago
Oh and this is our last too.

flybear - 52 days ago
Oh okay. Cool this is my 4th as well. I have a 5, 3, and 1yr old. My first one was definitely my easiest,but the second one wwasn't too bad either. I was sicker with her but bc I only had a 1yr old, who still took daily naps, and I was a sahm, I got a good nap in every single day! That was really nice. My 3rd was by far the worst. I think I vomited every day. Uggg. This one is rough but not as bad.

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 52 days ago
I have three kids already, ages 13, 4, and 2, and this baby will be my fourth...and definitely last! I got pregnant with my oldest at 15 and had her at 16. From what I remember that was my easiest pregnancy. I remember being a little sick but nothing too bad. Also, labor and delivery wasn't too bad either, I had a natural birth with her. Now I feel horrible this pregnancy. I do have my good days though so I look forward to those...however, for the most part I'm sick a lot and I'm starting to feel achey already.

flybear - 53 days ago
Is this your first or how many do you have?

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 53 days ago
Flybear, I'm in the same boat. I was telling my mother that I don't think I can go through this again...lol. I don't remember the morning sickness being this bad. I also wish I could stay in bed all day. This is around the time that morning sickness will peak though so we're going through the worst of it now. Try to hang on, only a few more weeks left of this.

flybear - 53 days ago
The last two weeks iwas able to ward off nausea with food. Making sure to eat every few hours. Those days are gone. I just wantto curl up in a ball now and stay in bed all day. I feel sick conatantly, and have actually atarted vomiting now. It doesn't matter how many times you do it, this part of the prrgnancy never gets easier. I hate to complain but this is it for me. The last baby. I don't yhink anyone could pay me to feel this bad again.

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 54 days ago
I too was extremely hungry for a few days. Morning sickness has returned though and now I am back to not wanting to eat.

flybear - 56 days ago
Idk what's wrong with me. It's my 4th pregnancy and I've never been so hungry during the first few weeks like I am with this one. Man, I am going to gain wwwaaaayyyy too much weight.

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 59 days ago
Eight weeks pregnant today. Morning sickness isn't as bad as it was last week. Still tired all of the time though...it's so hard to get out the bed these days. Hope everyone is well!

Themutterinme - 61 days ago
Yay 8 weeks today, so far so good according to HCB blood tests. Had pain in the middle of the night last night though right above the pelvic bone in front and on the bone in the back. Is that the type of pain they are talking about in the symptoms info? Anyone else have this? It only got better when I layed on my stomach which thankfully I can still do though not that comfortably,BB's.

movnadia - 72 days ago
Thanks loralb I too have a bad back but it seems even worse now being pregnant... I hope it will not get much worse... xxx

loralb - 73 days ago
movnadia...yes. ug. I get that and plantar faciatis (which sends shocks through my feet). I have a really bad back. Ob appt is an obstetric appt...it can be with a midwife, dr, obstetrician, or whoever you choose to see during pregnancy.

movnadia - 73 days ago
So I forgot to mention. I am getting this weird feeling in my right thigh. Its almost like a cramping sensation. It doesn't hurt but its quite annoying. It comes and goes very randomly wether I am sitting down or walking or just standing up... could this be the start of what I have heard about but have not before experienced sciatica?

movnadia - 74 days ago
Hopingforagirl.. how did your appointment go?

movnadia - 74 days ago
Laralb thanks that would be perfect if its the case and I got a boy too. That sucks you can't warm up :( its just before summer here and we have some hot days which evdn I that love heat cant stand... last two pregnancies I was freezing in summer. Hopefully the weather will warm up for you or you will start feeling warmer. Ob app is that appointment with your dr? I already had one at around 5 weeks cause I had a bit of bleeding and was worried then I had my first scan at 6.2 weeks and saw baby and hb so still hope all is well as I did have an other bloody show a week ago.. I am gona wait for an other appointment now cause we are still looking for a house and I dont want to see a different dr all the time

loralb - 75 days ago
So i live in a pretty cold place and we have had subzero f temperatures for awhile now and it is impossible for me to warm up. I thought it would be so nice to be pregnant in winter so i might not feeeze to death, but i seem to be colder than ever. Why might that be? Also, when are we supposed to have our first ob appts? I had hyperemesis with my first who is a girl, and not with my boy or this one. Movnadia...it's totally a boy in there. So sorry you had that hyper-throw up nastiness before:(

HopingforaGirl35 - 76 days ago
Hello week 8! Looking fwd. to my 1st Ob. app. tomorrow!

movnadia - 76 days ago
Yay week8 :). I am definitely already gaining which did not happen with either of my baby girls. I still do not have hyperemesis. A little nausea some days its worse than others but nowhere near as bad as previous two pregnancies. It does make me think might be a boy but I really don't want to jinx it. Can't wait for gender reveal scan... this pregnancy reslly is going very very slow for me

sleepymom - 77 days ago
loralb- luckily I seem to be floating up and down 4 lbs depending on the day. Thank goodness. with my second pregnancy I gained more than I would have liked and got stretch marks on the inside of my knees (I gain in my legs first:/) I am determined not to gain more than 20 ish pounds this time, so I have been going on the cross trainer and doing squats...when I can muster up the energy.Anyway. Hope you start getting some energy back soon!!Hi eleanasmama!! how r u feeling?

loralb - 77 days ago
Anyone lost or gained a significant amount of weight yet? With my first, I lost 10 lbs in the first trimester, and with my son, I gained 10. I think this time I am down just a couple lbs but I don't have a scale so I am totally guessing. My cousin gained almost 20 in her first trimester with one of her kids!

elleanasmama - 78 days ago
hi ladies.. thought I was 9 weeks found it Im 8weeks 6 days today.So pretty close hoping to get to know everyone.

christina76900 - 78 days ago
I just had an ultrasound so looks like I'm going back to 7 weeks they said I'm 7 weeks 4 days the heartbeat was 147 they also said I have a small bleed in the placenta

loralb - 78 days ago
Sounds like there's a lot of fatigue going around these weeks. I too, fell asleep on the couch twice while my daughter who refused to nap watched a movie. I feel so lazy and sick all the time and the sickness is getting worse! As is the condition of my house and dinner and heigene...Ug. I just keep telling everyone to hang in there with me for just a few more weeks when hopefully I am feeling a little better. I had the SCH thing with my first at 6 weeks when the placenta came partially detached but there was no pain, just a lot of blood and baby was just fine. I hope all is well with 'patiently waiting'.

sleepymom - 79 days ago
Patiently waiting-SCH sounds a bit scary but it seems like you are taking it well. Hopefully yours resolves. Never heard of pelvic rest before. What exactly are you restricted from doing? For me the dr.s just have to watch my platelet level throughout my preggo as I developed HELLP(?sp) syndrome with my first preggo but not my second. My second I just had moderately low platelets .

patiently waiting - 81 days ago
mostly exhaustion. They did a dating scan at 6 weeks and discovered a subchronic hemorrhage (SCH) so i have been on 'pelvic rest' since then. So, that makes it a bit difficult to manage the kids as I can't pick them up. They said that about 50% of pregnancies have SCH and the majority of them go away on their own....just something to monitor for now. Also been pretty nauseous... thanks to the meds, i haven't actually been sick but i go from feeling nauseous to overly full. Anyone else have any complications?

Doda - 82 days ago
good bye week 8 on to week 9. But yeah I am definitely beyond exhausted. Had the weekend off and spent most of it laying on the couch, my poor children LOL. Can barely muster the energy to drag my ass to work! patiently waiting we are almost in the same boat, I have a 6, 4 and 2 year old. Two boys and a girl.



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