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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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LiLBean5 - 13.2 hours 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 - 1 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 - 1 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!

2bBlessedw2 - 2 days ago
LILBEAN-Where are u?!

aussie-jess - 2 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!

2bBlessedw2 - 2 days ago
With this preg I have gained 2 so far...on top of what I never lost. I pretty much have to eat all day long or I feel sooooo sick. Not everything appeals to me tho so it makes it interesting.

2bBlessedw2 - 2 days ago
I started this preg off 5 pounds heavier because I never was able to lose the weight after the loss in March. In fact I gained a couple more pounds after it. I realize I can't do anything about it now and will deal with it after this one is born. Right now my only worry is holding the pregnancy.

lynt - 2 days ago
Thank you ladies for responding. Congratulations to all of you. I was asked last night if think I have gained weight yet and I was offended. (I am starting this pregnancy off at the embarrassing weight of 235 lbs. The heaviest I have ever been) But I have found a little comfort in seeing that others also are talking about showing already. I do feel like I have expanded but thought it was too early for that. I have two children already. 13 and 6. I have already had an ultrasound to determine how far along I was and I heard the heartbeat. I wish I was able to enjoy this but right now I am in too much pain.

2bBlessedw2 - 2 days ago
As for how I'm feeling..I am always sick in the morning. True morning sickness. I have to eat smthn right away or I start gagging. I am also beyond exhausted. I get up and I'm tired and I require a daily nap. Thank God my 6 yo does not mind that I nap with my 1.5 yo cuz I would pass out. Lol. My DH wonders why I have not done much most of the day...but I'm just too tired to do anything.

2bBlessedw2 - 2 days ago
Welcome to all the new ladies! LYNT-I am definitely more pregnant at night than I am in the am. Totally sticking out by the time I go to bed and have eaten all day! LILBEAN-where are u?

lynt - 2 days ago
nicciellis- Did the pain last all day? That is what has me concerned. At first it was a pain that would come and go but the for last two days it has been constant pain with some seconds of really intense pain.

lisatek82 - 2 days ago
Lynt- I have found that I have had the soreness pain in my abdomen too. I don't remember having that with my other two. Maybe it is stronger when you have had children already... I am not sure. When ever I sneeze or get up too fast, it feels like I pull something.

lisatek82 - 2 days ago
Hi ladies... This is my third child and man, am I sick. I can't even enjoy being pregnant, because I feel horrible 24/7. I am praying it ends soon, so I can get a little more excited. I just feel horrible bc I know I am driving my husband nuts. I don't want to go anywhere and just sit on the couch. Is anyone else going through this? My first two were so easy that I didn't even feel pregnant until about 18 weeks.

nicciellis - 2 days ago
Lynt I had it think it's just stretching , I tried to rest as much as I could ( hard with 3 girls 1 only 10 months ) it eased off with rest and warm baths and warm water bottles lasted about a week I was worried but if u don't feel it's right go c doctor x

lynt - 2 days ago
Hello ladies. I have not been on this site for a few years but I recently found out that I am 8 weeks pregnant. I am also experiencing constant pain. For the last two days I have had a constant pain and soreness in my lower abdomen. It hurts to simply move sometimes and I can not lay flat on my stomach anymore. Has anyone else experienced this? I am wondering if this is normal or should I be freaked out like I am.

mngirl1281 - 2 days ago
Good for you LilBean. Always fun and makes icky nausea a bit easier to tolerate once you hear that lil drum inside you beating away :) . As for me, I still feel so bum. And my belly pops out a lil bit now. Especially in the evenings when digestive systems full. Anyone else getting snug pants?

aussie-jess - 2 days ago
Yes Lilbean, excited to hear you news! :) How is everyone else feeling?

2bBlessedw2 - 2 days ago
How'd it go LILBEAN?

LiLBean5 - 3 days ago
Todays the day we get to go hear the heartbeat at the doctors at 1:45p!!!

nicciellis - 3 days ago
Can't believe how amazing I feel 1 bit of sickness so far and that's it , no other symptoms. felt so crappy with my 3 girls which leads me to think maybe this could be a boy 😃 , 25 days until my first u/s can't wait. Was scared at first because I have 3 and this 1 wasn't planned but I'm so excited now fingers crossed it goes smoothly the whole 9 months.

2bBlessedw2 - 3 days ago
I wonder if c section scar gets in the way too. My second was a section.

2bBlessedw2 - 3 days ago
I picked up my other two at 9 and 9.4 weeks. Full bladder never works for me. It actually gets in the way of my tilted uterus. I'll keep trying each day. I'm 8w5d today.

brandyleigh - 4 days ago
2b don't worry usually you don't find it till 10 weeks and even then it's early for some people I am shocked I foundit so soon I was 10 weeks with Kileigh when I found hers. Try having a full bladder and after you eat so the little one is awake that might be easier

2bBlessedw2 - 4 days ago
I can't find my baby's HB yet. I'm sure it has everything to do with my uterus being severely tilted to the back but I can't help but worry.

LiLBean5 - 4 days ago
WooHoo!!! 8 weeks pregnant today!! I am VERY exhausted!

mngirl1281 - 5 days ago
I have Sonoline B as well and it works great.

aussie-jess - 5 days ago
Oooh good to know! Thanks!! That's the one I have been leaning towards!! :)

2bBlessedw2 - 5 days ago
Haha...BRANDY! We typed that at the same exact time!

2bBlessedw2 - 5 days ago
I have a Sonoline

brandyleigh - 5 days ago
I have the sono line b Doppler and I love it!

aussie-jess - 5 days ago
Looking at Dopplers on eBay, what brands are good and safe??? I have no clue where to start?

2bBlessedw2 - 5 days ago
AUSSIE-I have one of each too. I would love to be able to wait it out for the surprise but I just can't do it!!!! I'm a planner and need to know!

aussie-jess - 5 days ago
I am soooo undecided! I have found out the sex for all of my previous babies. And I said from the beginning that once I have one of each sex I would stop finding out! But now my husband wants to find out anyways. And straight after our 18-20 week ultrasound we fly to Dallas for his work. Which means awesome shopping, (Canada doesn't compare to Texas for shopping). So I am so unsure on what to do! For anyone who hasn't found out, was it worth it???

mngirl1281 - 6 days ago
Week 8 here I are. Glad everyone sounds like they are doing well:). I think we are all in it for the long haul ladies !

2bBlessedw2 - 6 days ago
I'm on 200mg a day. With Crinone (the one I was on) it's only 90mg but is more easily absorbed by the body and has the equivalent of a 500 mg dose. Endometrin is 100mg-2-3 times a day. Not as easily absorbed and that's why multiple doses are necessary. Oral progesterone (ie prometrium) is needed in much higher doses as the body metabolizes most of it before it actually gets to work.

2bBlessedw2 - 6 days ago
AUSSIE-With a Doppler? That is awesome!! I know for sure I'll be able to find mine this weekend then!

brandyleigh - 6 days ago
I am on a high dose I am on 200 mg suppositories twice a day and my level is at 30

aussie-jess - 6 days ago
For everyone on progesterone, what's your regular dose?

aussie-jess - 6 days ago
Appointment went great! Got requisitions to test my thyroid again and iron etc. My doctor found the heartbeat in like 5 seconds! It was 184bmp! Woo hoo!

2bBlessedw2 - 6 days ago
I did 2 doses of progesterone yesterday cuz I was spotting again...and that stopped but MAN...do I have the worst headache!!!! I'm going back to 1 time a day. UGH! I move and it hurts!

2bBlessedw2 - 6 days ago
AUSSIE-I like March better too but I know my baby will come in January or February...so looks like another winter baby for me! Brrrrr! Glad your appointments went well!

aussie-jess - 6 days ago
I wish I was craving things. I am pretty much grossed out by all foods. I am thinking my double dose of progesterone is playing a part in that.

aussie-jess - 6 days ago
I had an appointment to confirm the pregnancy at 4 weeks. And he sent me for an early ultrasound to check if everything is ok because of my miscarriages. And today is my first real parental appointment I guess! The lovely one where they check your weight and everything. Ewww!

aussie-jess - 6 days ago
My period had been off the last couple of cycles, it would sometimes come on 28 days and then 32, which is nothing like me at all. I have always been 28 days no matter what. I am waiting to see what the 12 week ultrasound says! :) I like a due date of March better! Makes it sound like its closer to summer!!! Hehehe

2bBlessedw2 - 6 days ago
I am craving and eating the weirdest things! I just ate instant...yes...I wanted instant, mashed potatoes and I want spaghetti O's really badly. NOT healthy! I guess I'm really craving salt. Another sign pointing to girl! Well, at least I was that way with DD.

2bBlessedw2 - 6 days ago
AUSSIE-I'm confused...did you have your appointment yet? I know you had your u/s a few days ago. As for due date and going by size...my babies would always go back and forth between measuring ahead and right on schedule. I know exactly when I conceived so my dates aren't off. I guess unless you don't know when you conceived then going by size would be okay...just don't be worried if all of sudden your baby is measuring behind a couple days. I just think it's best to go by LMP so there is wiggle room and less worry about how a baby is growing. I know, I know...I sound very cautious and that is just my past history talking. ;o)

aussie-jess - 6 days ago
From my period I calculated my due date as 1st of March. But the ultrasound baby measured 2 days ahead. So a due date of 27th of Feb! :)

brandyleigh - 6 days ago
Yeah Aussie do we have the same due date then I go to 9 weeks tomorrow to

aussie-jess - 6 days ago
From the dating on my ultrasound I am 9 weeks tomorrow!! I am happy for the next 10 weeks to go by super fast!!

aussie-jess - 6 days ago
Super exciting Brandy!!! I have my doctors appointment this afternoon! Hoping it all goes very smoothly!



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