THE SECOND MONTH (Weeks 5-8)
Even though you are not showing yet, there’s a lot going on inside your body during the second month of pregnancy. Your little blastocyst is starting to take form and is now called an embryo.
What Happens with Your Baby in the Second Month of Pregnancy
During this second month of pregnancy, your baby is making over a million new cells every minute! These cells are forming all of your baby’s organs.
The heart takes shape first, followed by the liver. By the end of the second month, all of your baby’s organs will be in place, though they won’t be fully functioning yet.
Also by the end of this month, your baby will have arm and leg buds which are starting to grow into your baby’s limbs. He or she has the beginnings of his or her eyes, including eyelids which are fused shut for now.
Your baby now weighs about half an ounce and is about the size of a raspberry.
What Happens with Your Body in the Second Month of Pregnancy
You may not look pregnant, but you’re probably starting to feel pregnant. Your uterus is expanding to accommodate your baby. As your uterus expands, it may be putting pressure on your bladder, meaning that you may be using the bathroom more often. You might also be running to the bathroom to gag or vomit. Morning sickness, despite its name, can happen at any time of the day or night and is at its worst in the second and third months of pregnancy.
You may be having problems sleeping, but still feel tired and fatigued much of the time. Don’t be surprised if you’re feeling especially moody as well—your body is swimming in surges of hormones!
Hormomes are responsible for noticeable changes in your breasts, which are, by now, very tender. You may also find that you need to buy new bras because you have grown a cup size! In addition, the areola has probably turned darker.
What You Need to Know in the Second Month of Pregnancy
If you haven’t started taking a prenatal supplement yet, make sure to start doing so as soon as possible. Make sure to familiarize yourself with what to eat when pregnant, and what NOT to eat during prengancy, too. Stay away from things that can hurt your baby like tobacco, alcohol, mercury and other toxins. Remember—the first trimester is a critical time of growth for your baby.
You’ll probably have your first doctor’s appointment this month. Your doctor will want to make sure that you’re healthy and that your baby is developing normally. That means lots of questions, tests, and a full exam. Your doctor will need blood and urine samples. She will also give you a physical exam that will most likely include a pap smear. All of these tests are important to help prevent common pregnancy complications. At this appointment, you’ll probably also get to hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
Be sure to discuss any concerns you have with your doctor. And ask questions! There are a lot of important questions to ask a midwife or OB GYN. Use this appointment to ask your questions and get a feel for if this the right health care provider for you. It’s easy (and not uncommon) to change from a midwife to OB GYN or vice versa in the first trimester.
Read More About the Different Months in Pregnancy:
- First Month
- Second Month
- Third Month
- Fourth Month
- Fifth Month
- Sixth Month
- Seventh Month
- Eighth Month
- Ninth Month