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Two Months Pregnant : What to Expect

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WEEK FIVEWEEK SIXWEEK SEVENWEEK EIGHT

WEEK FIVE

Your baby is the size of an orange seed.

Amazingly, this week, your baby’s ticker will start beating for the first time! (neither you nor your doctor can hear it yet, but it may be possible to see the movement on an ultrasound.) And your little one has been really busy growing now to the size of apple seeds.(26 cm long and weighs around 360 grams)

The embryo by now has three distinct layers:

  • The outer ectoderm, which will form the nervous system, ears, eyes, inner ear and many connective tissues
  • The endoderm, or inner layer, which will grow into internal organs like the lungs, intestines and bladder
  • The middle mesoderm, which will eventually make way for the heart and circulatory system. In the weeks to come, the mesoderm will also evolve into bones, muscles, kidneys and reproductive organs

Interestingly,  your baby is also busy swallowing some of the fluid that surrounds him/her. These fluids, along with cells that are shed along the digestive tract, make up the meconium (a sticky dark green or black bowels movement) that is passed from the baby’s bowels after delivery.Your baby’s taste buds are also beginning to develop, and certain foods that you’ve been craving and eating can enter the amniotic fluid and your baby gets to taste those too!

YOUR BODY

In this week, you should miss your period, and the HCG hormone levels in your body are high enough to confirm your pregnancy on a home pregnancy test.

There are various pregnancy hormones that help to regulate the multiple changes taking place in your body, in order to keep your baby safe. The Estrogen maintains the level of progesterone and HCG while Progesterone maintains the function of the placenta, to keep the smooth muscles of the uterus (and other places) from contracting, and to stimulate the growth of breast tissue. These hormones are going to be important companions over the next few weeks.

TIPS & TO DO’s

  • Eating right – reduce your intake of unpasteurized foods
  • Plan a visit to a dentist – about 40% of moms-to-be have periodontal disease, which ups the mom-to-be’s chance of preeclampsia.
  • If you haven’t seen your Doctor, now is the time to do so.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

  • Fatigue: due to your great companions estrogen and progesterone
  • Breast tenderness and changes
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Frequent Urination
  • Excessive Saliva
  • Food Cravings and Aversion
  • Heart Burn
  • Stomach Upset

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WEEK SIX

Your baby is now the size of a sweet pea!

While you might be coping with full-blown pregnancy symptoms, there’s plenty of good news too. The folds of tissue in the prominent bump on top (the head) are developing into your baby’s jaw, cheeks and chin — what will eventually become one adorable face. And are those little indentations on both sides of the head the adorable dimples you always hoped your baby would inherit from your mom’s side of the family? No, they’re ear canals in the making. Small bumps on the face will form the eyes and button nose in a few weeks time. Also taking shape this week: his/her kidneys, liver and lungs, along with the little heart, which is now beating 80 times a minute (and getting faster every day).

The heart begins to beat with a regular rhythm. It’s still too faint to be picked up by your doctor’s stethoscope, but if you have an ultrasound at some point over the next few weeks it will probably be visible as a tiny, pulsing dot in the middle of your baby’s body.
Did you know: From now until birth, your child’s heart will beat about 150 times a minute — twice the average adult rate. Also this week, your baby’s brain hemispheres are forming — and brain waves can now be recorded.

YOUR BODY

Chances are, by now your body is letting you know very clearly that you’re pregnant (and if not now, it will soon). Sure, some of these signature first-trimester symptoms can be a bit jarring – the exhaustion, nausea, vomiting, super-sore breasts, headaches, constipation, faintness, and mood swings – but try to go with the flow and look on the bright side. Your body’s doing some complex work in there, and most of the symptoms should subside in a few weeks. The tricky thing about this pregnancy stage, of course, is that you probably haven’t spilled your secret to the world just yet.

TIPS & TO DO’s

  • Plan your first prenatal visit
  • Check with your doctor about what’s the best way to cure a urinary tract infection. Women 6-24 weeks are at a high risk.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

  • Frequent Urination – While you might not sense too many external changes, you will be constantly reminded that you are pregnant due to your numerous visits to the loo. This happens because of the pregnancy hormone HCG, which causes an increase of blood floor to your pelvic area. Your kidney is becoming more efficient at releasing waste from your body. Also the growing uterus is beginning to push down on your bladder, leaving very little storage space
  • Leaning forward during urination ensures that your bladder is completely emptied each time – might save you a couple of trips to the loo.
  • Fatigue – A growing fetus needs a lot of work from you, and can lead you to feeling exhausted. Listen to what your body needs – if it needs some rest, grab the closest chair at work or pause everything else that you are doing. But remember – keep the exercise regime going : yoga, walks, a little bit of easy physical movement – the endorphins released will help you sleep better.
  • Breast Tenderness & Changes – We know every time you look in the mirror you’re wondering if your nipples are sticking out more than usual and you see darkness in skin around your nipples. All that’s really happening is that your body is gearing up to breastfeed.
  • Nausea & Vomiting – The morning sickness and the slight queasiness is normal. Combat queasiness by eating small snacks that combine protein and carbs – yoghurt, oats, multigrain, whatever your stomach can take.
  • Heartburn & Indigestion – The chances of getting through the next nine months heartburn-free are nearly zero. That’s because the muscle at the top of the stomach that usually prevents digestive juices from backing up relaxes. But here’s better news: you can minimize the symptoms by eating your meals slowly and wearing clothes that are little looser on the belly.
  • Bloating & Gas – While the progesterone is maintaining a healthy pregnancy, it’s the main reason you are bloated. Lots of fiber and water can help you reduce constipation
  • Increased sense of smell – Your sense of smell is most active during your pregnancy, due to certain hormones. From smelling cologne on your spouse from a distance, to the not-so-wonderful onion, you could be smelling all of it very clearly at the same time.  To make you feel better and to reduce the queasiness, try mint, ginger and lemon… it works wonders.

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WEEK SEVEN

Your baby has actually grown to the size of a blueberry.

Your baby begins to develop some amazingly distinct facial features this week. There are actually dark spots that mark the areas for eyes and nostrils, and a little mouth and ears begin to form.

Infact, your baby’s brain is also growing more complex; if you could take a peek, it would be clearly visible inside the transparent skull. In fact, nerve cells in your baby’s brain are growing at an amazing rate – 100,000 cells per minute! And your baby is already beginning to move in small, jerky motions, although you won’t feel these movements until about your fourth month of pregnancy.

YOUR BODY

Your uterus is expanding to accommodate your growing baby, which may cause mild cramps in your tummy. At this stage, you will feel more tired, as the blood pumping in your heart has doubled, thus leading to more heart rates. Morning sickness could set in now, even though you might feel it the whole day or in the evening.
Even though you’re not starting to show yet, you’ll soon realize that you’re not being able to fit into your favourite pair of jeans.

If you’re lucky, you’ll be sporting the pregnancy glow, but don’t be surprised if your skin reacts to various hormones and you break-out.

TIPS & TO DO’s

  • If you haven’t set up your first prenatal appointment, make sure you plan one soon
  • Reduce heavy lifting, standing or sitting for too long and exposure to toxic substances
  • If you are experiencing cramps, always check in with your Doctor, especially if it comes with bleeding, neck or shoulder pain, and accompanied by contractions
  • You can snack on ginger biscuits to reduce morning sickness

COMMON SYMPTOMS

  • Frequent Urination
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen Breasts & Tenderness
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Thirst
  • Weight Gain
  • Excessive Saliva
  • Food Cravings & Aversions
  • Heart Burn & Indigestion

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WEEK EIGHT

Your baby is the size of a raspberry.

From being called a fetus, your baby is now an embryo. Your baby will double in size this week, with critical organs forming.

Your baby is now making spontaneous movement, though you’re still a couple of weeks away from actually feeling it. There is an increase in your Amniotic fluid to about two tablespoons per week, to accommodate your womb’s growing tenant. The placenta is also getting ready to take on the job of looking after your baby, forming ‘chronic villi’, which will help it attach to the wall of the womb. At the moment your baby is still getting nutrients from the yolk sac, and the taste buds are now forming.

The delicate facial features are becoming more refined, with the ears, upper lip, and the teeny tip of the nose all clearly visible. The eyelids will also take shape for the first time this week, and the heart is growing stronger by the day.

YOUR BODY

Your uterus has now grown from the size of a fist to the size of an orange. You might experience sharp pain on either side of your pelvis, especially when you twist or stand up after sitting for a while.

Morning sickness could be lasting through the day. Your breasts would have grown bigger and you might find your old bra getting uncomfortable, especially if it is underwired. The amount of blood circulating in your body is steadily increasing. By the end of your pregnancy, you’ll have an extra litre and a half of blood running through your veins to meet the demands of your baby.

TIPS & TO DO’s

  • It may be a good idea to add squats and kegal to your exercise mix. Doing them can help baby descend during labor. Hold position for up to 30 seconds and repeat 5 times to start
  • Try and eat often but only a little at a time, to ease the vomiting and heartburn
  • Try to increase your calcium levels. Keep taking a daily vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D helps you to regulate the levels of calcium in your body
  • Reduce heavy lifting, standing or sitting for too long and exposure to toxic substances
  • You need fiber rich food to cope with constipation
  • Cravings aren’t a myth! You may want pickles and ice cream, but bear in mind that you really only need an extra 300 calories a day to nourish your little one (600 if you’re twice as lucky and expecting twins), so you may want to choose pickles or ice cream–or ideally, something a little healthier.
  • A balanced, healthy diet will give your baby all the nutrients he needs to grow. The bad news is that you may not feel like eating it. Try not to worry. If you have morning sickness, it should soon pass.
  • Now is the time to get a good and comfortable maternity bra (it’s best if you get fitted first)

COMMON SYMPTOMS

  • Frequent Urination
  • Fatigue
  • Bigger, heavier, sore breasts, as milk producing lobules in your boobs start to expand
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Weird Dreams
  • Other tummy issues: constipation, indigestion, bloating or heartburn
  • Excessive Saliva
  • Food Cravings & Aversions
  • Heightened Sense of Smell
  • Increased Vaginal Discharge

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Information Credit: Whattoexpect.com




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