Sometime during your 2nd month you may realize that you are pregnant. Some symptoms may start to show and you begin realize that pregnancy will be an experience unlike any other. How did you feel when you found out you are pregnant? What does your baby look like in month 2? Are you doing everything right for your pregnancy in the second month? Read further to learn more about your fetus and your changing body:

Symptoms of 2nd Month Pregnancy

You may not look pregnant, however your body will be going through multiple changes. Your uterus will expand to accommodate your baby. As your uterus expands, it may put pressure on your bladder, resulting in your increase use of the bathroom.

You may have trouble sleeping but also feel tired and fatigued most of the time. And You may be extremely moody as your body is experiencing an influx of hormones! Hormones are what causes your breasts to feel very tender and may increase your cup size. Your areola probably has also turned darker.

You may start experiencing more notable obvious symptoms of 1st trimester pregnancy. Majority of the symptoms below are normal:

Morning Sickness and Nausea:

You will start to feel the classic symptom of pregnancy. Morning Sickness, Nausea and Vomiting. Many woman may feel these effects very mildly(and they are very lucky!), somewhere in the middle, or their nausea and vomiting during pregnancy could be very severe, which is Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Every woman experience morning sickness differently.

Even though, nausea has little impact on your health or baby, morning sickness can drastically affect your lifestyle. Morning sickness can take a toll on your relationship with your partner, affect family members and work. Some women are unable to focus on their careers and are forced to take time off from work. If that is you, just know that it is ok to take the time off.

On the plus side, morning sickness is also associated with positive outcomes. A study by National Institutes of Health confirmed the link between morning sickness to lower risk of pregnancy lossAlways speak to your doctor if you feel your nausea is beyond the normal limits or when you are unable to keep your food down or do not feel like eating at all.

Tips to manage your morning sickness:

  1. Avoid food or smells that makes you queasy.
  2. Eat on time, because feeling hungry can also makes you want to throw up.
  3. Keep a lime or citrus fruit close by for sniffing. (I had carried fresh Cuties! In my purse when I was pregnant with my first)
  4. Carry nuts or other healthy snacks to eat before hunger strikes.
  5. Ginger is also known to prevent nausea and vomiting

Increased Mood Swings:

Have you snapped? Are you feeling frustrated on the smallest things? Some days you may be cheery, while other days you may be feeling down or anxious. Any changes in your mood are usually normal due to the influx of hormones. If you are feeling more anxious or fearful than normal, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider.

According to American Pregnancy, significant changes in your hormone levels affect your level of neurotransmitters, which are brain chemical that regulate moods. Mood swings are commonly experienced between  6 to 10 weeks, then again in the 3rd trimester.

Tip for Treating Mood Swings in Pregnancy

  1. If you want to learn more about the emotional impact of pregnancy, check out this book: Understanding Your Moods When You Are Expecting
  2. Another good read: 9 strategies that work to keep your peace of mind through pregnancy and into parenthood.
  3. Get plenty of sleep
  4. Get regular physical activity
  5. Spend time with your partner or loved ones
  6. Don’t be so hard on yourself
  7. Know that you are not alone

Increased Urge to Pee:

The need to use the restroom more often is common throughout pregnancy. As your baby grows, his or her weight presses your bladder, causing you to urinate more often. Unfortunately, you may also experience leakage when you cough, laugh, sneeze or exercise. Don’t worry, you won’t be the first woman to experience urine leaking and you won’t be the last!

Tips:

  • Decrease your caffeine intake, such as coffee, tea (Yes, stop drinking chai!), soda or an yother drinks that has caffeine.
  • Do kegal exercises. Learn what is Kegal exercise here.
  • Go when you need to go. Make sure to empty your bladder completely by leaning forward.
  • Use the bathroom before you exercise.
  • Do not drink any fluids 2-3 hours before you go to bed. Unless you want to wake up in the middle of the night.
  • You can also use a pad or panty liner in case of leakage.
Call your provider if you have any symptoms of UTI (Urinirary tract infection)
  • Blood in urine
  • Fever
  • Feeling like you need to pee after you just did.
  • Pain or burning when you pee.

Fuller/Tender Breasts

Your breasts begin to change as they get ready to make breast milk to feed your baby. You may notice your breasts getting bigger, fuller, and heavier. Having tender, swollen breasts may be one of the first signs that you are pregnant. Your nipples and areolas are getting darker and may stick out more.

Tips to relieve soreness in your breasts

  • Get a good maternity bra with wide straps and larger cups
  • Use a good support bra when you exercise
  • If your breasts itch, use lotion.
If your breasts soreness is severe or doesn’t go away, talk to your health care provider.

Food Cravings

Influx of hormones changes can lead to odd and unexpected food cravings. If what you are craving is healthy, indulge and eat as much as you want. Be careful not to indulge in unhealthy, nutrient deficient food. Remember, you are making a baby and your body needs all the healthy nutrients it can get to make a healthy baby!

Tips for Food Cravings

  • Try to eat healthy alternatives.

Changes to your body in 2nd Month Pregnancy

You may not look pregnant, however your body will be going through multiple changes. Your uterus will expand to accommodate your baby. As your uterus expands, it may put pressure on your bladder, resulting in your increase use of the bathroom.

You may have trouble sleeping but also feel tired and fatigued most of the time. And You may be extremely moody as your body is experiencing an influx of hormones! Hormones are what causes your breasts to feel very tender and may increase your cup size. Your areola probably has also turned darker.

Baby’s Development in the Womb

Your Baby Week 5

Your sweet little baby is as tiny as an apple seed. The baby’s heart, brain, spinal cords, muscles and bones are starting to develop at this stage. The placenta is developing to help nourish your baby. The amniotic sac is also starting to take shape to create a warm and cozy environment for your baby. The amniotic sac will protect your baby and allow your baby to move easily.

Your Baby Week 6

Your baby is now the size of a sweet pea! Your baby’s eyes and limbs are now starting to take shape. If you have an ultrasound this week, it may be possible that your doctor will hear the embryo’s heartbeat. At this stage, your baby is still an embryo.

Your Baby Week 7

Your baby is growing and now is as big a as a sweet blueberry! Many important organs such as the heart, lungs, intestines, brain, appendix, spinal cord are continuing to develop. Facial features such as nostrils, mouth and eyes are also continuing to shape up. Limb buds will be continuing to form that will grow into hands and feet in the later weeks.

Your Baby Week 8

At this point, your baby has be developing for 6 weeks since conception. He or she is as big as a raspberry. Baby is growing fast!  Your baby’s eyelid folds and ears are taking shape. In this week, your baby will be able to swim around in your womb with its little webbed fingers and toes!

What should I do in the 2nd month of pregnancy

  • 1st Doctor appointment to confirm your pregnancy
  • Decide whether to share the news right away or wait until end of 2nd trimester
  • Get a pregnancy journal! Here is a free one!

If you experience any of the following symptoms, get in touch with your healthcare provider right away:

  • Increased Vomiting, Loss of Appetite
  • Unable to eat
  • Increased Urination

 

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