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.
pumpkinfairy - 5.4 hours 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 afterwards....joy. hope you all are doing well
bean79 - 7.5 hours 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 - 11.6 hours 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 - 12.9 hours 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 - 16.1 hours 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 - 1 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 - 1 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 4 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.
halesss7410 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 6 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 - 6 days ago
Good luck halesss! Can't wait to hear about how it goes!
babylove5 - 6 days ago
Halesss good luck on your ultrasound!
halesss7410 - 6 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 8 days ago
Halesss - when is your first appointment?
halesss7410 - 8 days ago
Emma keep us updated! *floydianslip- I feel better. Same as you, first half of the day I have felt better and then I feel miserable by the end of the day. I haven't even had my first doctors appt and everyone else has seen their babies:( I'm still so nervous to tell the world and I'm just waiting until I can see the baby:)
My girls heart rates were always 178 and 179 this early on:) I hope you get your girl. We are doing surprise gender this time I think and we are hoping for a boy but I would be just as happy with a girl.
floydianslip2 - 8 days ago
Finally made it to week 8! Emma, I'm sure you've had your scan by now and I hope that it went well. Halesss, good to see you in here! How are you feeling? My symptoms seem to be easing up for the most part. I usually feel pretty good for the first part of the day, then by the end of the day I feel terrible. Weird how that happens! I had an ultrasound yesterday and saw the little bean, it's heartrate was 178 BPM! Both of my boys were in the 160 range, so this seems high, but the ultrasound tech said that it's normal to have a heartrate that fast when they're this small. :)
mmdoll - 8 days ago
Good luck Emma. I hope it all works out for you at the scan.
Emma0205 - 9 days ago
Hi everybody! I am 8 weeks today! All of my levels are good and seen the heartbeat at 6w1d. Went in on Friday and they said there was no heartbeat. I have had four consecutive m/c with no medical reasons as to why after numerous tests. Going back in today for my miracle scan. I am still having strong symptoms with no spotting so I am praying they were wrong. Any one out there ever had this happen with a happy ending?
halesss7410 - 9 days ago
I'm in week 8 now (yesteday) how are y'all?
elequin - 11 days ago
Moving to week nine tomorrow!
It's going quickly, but I am feeling LOUSY.
Still going for the occasional run, but afterwards this morning I couldn't get off the couch for about two hours. Nausea was shocking :/
And I chucked for the first time so far this preg yesterday... Hoping its not a regular occurrence from now on, because it sucked :(
Hubby finally acknowledged how crap I was feeling by saying to me that I looked like death warmed up - while it's not nice to hear, it did stir him to get more hands on with the kids and help me with dinner tonight as well.
Little things are appreciated :)
How's everyone else feeling?
mommynwifey5 - 13 days ago
Had ultrasound yesterday and the twins look beautiful!!! Baby A hb is 166 and B is 169!!!!
elequin - 16 days ago
Hi and welcome Decbaby :)
Yeah, a big dose but short course for me. Only taking for 4-5 days, as it's 2 x 25mg tabs twice a day. I've only been hitting it once a day though, so half the prescribed dose. Still pretty high dose though compared to some people I know.
The relief has been heaven though - now that I know it was allergies I am NEVER letting myself get that bad again, preg or not. I would prefer labour to those 5 days of pain and nausea :/
Dec Baby - 16 days ago
Hi Girls, I've just got back from being abroad for a month and got my BFP while I was away! I've just had bloods done and my hcg came back at 101,000...so relieved that the numbers are within range:) I've had 3 miscarriages so it's just a nice conformation that all is going well! Looking forward to spending the next 7 months with you:)
Heidi7...your lack of symptoms could be your hcg plateauing out...it even starts to decrease at 12 weeks (thank goodness) Glad you have an u/s soon, there is nothing more reassuring than seeing your baby on the big screen:))
elequin...I'm taking prednisolone too! I will have to take it to the 2nd trimester...are you just taking a short course of pred? It really does make you feel like super woman:) Well that's how I felt when I first started! I'm glad you're feeling normal again...all the best for your coming u/s too:)
heidi7 - 16 days ago
oh my next ultrasound is in 2 weeks
heidi7 - 16 days ago
sorry to hear about your migraine. in my first pregnancy, i had a migraine for 30 days and the drugs i tried didn't work. i told them immitrex would work and they had to monitor the baby. i was 35 weeks though. it was so scary. migraines are horrible!!!! 1st-im glad I'm not the only one! my nausea came back this evening, but its still not as bad as it was. i guess i remember week 6 and 7 being the worst in my last 2 pregnancies. I'm sure i was worried then too though :)
1st.time.momma - 16 days ago
Actually this week I feel normal. Like I finally have my body back. My belly is hella tight, hard, and huge now though. I even had an associate tell me they love my lil belly.
elequin - 16 days ago
I didn't get sore boobs at all with my son until the last trimester, and had chronic sleeplessness the whole time with him. Very different to my daughter - maybe you're having a boy? ;)
elequin - 16 days ago
Heidi I didn't get much morning sickness with my last preg and was constantly thinking that. I must have done about 7 wee tests during first trimester to reassure myself.
I'm sure your baby is fine, but maybe do another test or try and get a scan scheduled? Our midwives at our local hospital are great, they let you come in whenever and will check you with their Doppler, it's great for peace of mind. I haven't even booked in with them yet though - will prob be in a few weeks.
I've had the opposite scare this time with my symptoms. Haven't been worried about the ms or nausea, but the headaches and flu symptoms freaked me out. My mother died of sudden and aggressive brain cancer, so anything more than a normal headache stresses me a bit. 5 days of misery :/
Now that I'm feeling like a human again the fears of blood clots/abnormal implantation/etc (god knows what I can think myself into when I start freaking out) are fading. Will be getting an earlier ultrasound than the one scheduled at 13 weeks though anyway for peace of mind. Should be the end of this week or start of next. So if all is well I'm looking fwd to announcing properly then :)
When is your next ultrasound?
heidi7 - 16 days ago
my morning sickness is practically gone now. also I'm staying up late, I'm not tired, and my boobs don't feel as sore. I'm totally worried the baby died. anyone else have a lessening of symptoms this week?
elequin - 17 days ago
Week 8! A fifth of the way there, four more to go ladies!
Much better start to the week for me. Finally killed my 5 day migraine by succumbing to my allergy meds after talking to my dr. The small risks are not considered dangerous to health, just a 1 in 1000 chance of cleft palate rises to 3 in 1000. After the way I have felt, I am taking my chances.
Just about cried with the relief this morning when the prednisolone kicked in.
Went from occasionally at tines barely able to move my head from sinus migraine to doing a 3hr drive with my two kids (3 and 1)in the car at 8.30am for my daughters follow up appt after getting tonsils out a month ago, cooking two separate meals for kids and husband, and then doing a 9.5km run. I feel like bloody Superwoman!
Hope no-ones doing too bad with morning sickness this week? Seems v quiet on this site compared to my previous two pregs.... :/
email@example.com - 18 days ago
I'm so hungry all the time..I'm craving ding dong's (cupcakes) going to have to get some tonight! Feeling pretty good otherwise.
heidi7 - 19 days ago
glad i made it to week 8. i kinda feel like its a milestone week. heartbeat last tues was 160. grateful! i feel like its a girl. kinda hoping since i already have 2 boys, but healthy is what i really want of course:)
1st.time.momma - 19 days ago
I know just how you feel. With my last pregnancy I didnt see a doctor until 14 weeks. And this one I knew at 3w4d, crazy!!!
Hopin4ABoy31 - 20 days ago
Hello week 8!!! This is the most surreal of my three pregnancies. I have no symptoms! My breast are really tender but other than that nothing! I took a test a couple weeks ago as a gag and it was positive so I've been like walking in a fog ever since! My first ultrasound was at 6w5d and I have never found out that early! With my first it was at 12wks and my second was at 10wks. I had never seen a baby so small before it was crazy! It didn't even look like a baby it looked like a guppy lol. Very straight, very narrow with a galloping heartbeat near the top. Sorry to gab so much but I can't talk about it to anyone cause its so early and I'm still not sure if its true LMBO!! Congrats ladies and I hope everyone is doing well.
1st.time.momma - 20 days ago
These weeks seem like there going by fast. We were able to see our little nugget. Hb was 164. I really think its a girl. This pregnancy is so different than my sons and im breaking out like crazy. We've also decided to do a gender reveal party so we won't know until the party also. Im so excited for that!
babybubbles88 - 21 days ago
I just had my first OBYGN on the 6th and also had an ultrasound done all together and my little one is now due March 15th instead of 16th. Not much difference but I was so happy to see the little peanut!
LiLBean5 - 29 days ago
EEEKKK!!! A friend of mine let me borrow her real Sonoline Fetal Doppler and GUESS WHAT?!?!?! I HEARD THE HEARTBEAT!!! YAY!! It started out 140s - 150s until it woke up and then it hit in the 160s! I don't knooowww but I'm thinking it might be another little princess!!! I'm thinking that heart beat might be a little high for a girl. What a peace of mind for ALL of us that baby #5 is doing good in there!! Oh and I only heard ONE heart beat! This was yesterday that I done this. I tried again this morning and baby #5 was moving around!! How awesome to hear all of this! It brings happy tears to my eyes!! :)
LiLBean5 - 30 days ago
Lynt and Lisa I have those aches and pains all day as well. I have a huge pressure where my uterus is. I feel I am bigger than I am supposed to be so they want to give me an ultrasound on August 11th to make sure of how far along I am. I don't think I am preggers with twins but yet I wonder. I have twins on both sides of my family and my husband is a twin so it is possible. I don't know. This is my 5th pregnancy so everything stretches out that much quicker because it is all more relaxed than it was with my first! The pains are just ligament pains. If your uterus is high enough it could also be your round ligament!! WooHoo fro our babies growing! I hurt all day long and am sick all day long as well. Not puking but feeling it pretty good. Heartburn is JUST starting from me rifting like I'm going to puke. SO NOT FUN! I am still SOOO VERY hungry all the time too! I hurt SO bad today! I am making homemade chicken Noodle Soup for our supper to warm me up inside! I hope it makes me feel better as well!
LiLBean5 - 30 days ago
WOW! What a LONG appt. I ended up having my appt as paperwork only. Atleast it is done and I got all of my blood work done as well!! Also in 2 weeks on August 11th we get to have a sonogram to see Baby Uher #5!!! I guess I can wait 2 more weeks! I will totally be on the countdown!
aussie-jess - 30 days ago
Lynt- I had the exact same thing last week. Constant pain and also sharp pains that would come and go. I am pretty sure they were growing/ligament pains because they are gone now!
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