Have you successfully completed your one first month of pregnancy? Congratulations! Now begins your second chapter of the phase.
This is a critical month of your baby development. Your baby’s organs begin to develop and are no more a tiny mass of cells. Your baby’s heart begins to beat. You will definitely feel the pregnancy in all sense.
The symptoms you find are similar to the first month of pregnancy. Increasing nausea, fatigue and mood swings due to hormonal changes are going to keep mounting all these four weeks. From this week, there are credible changes in your baby and yourself every week rather than on a monthly basis.
Know the array of changes with several do’s and don’ts that will occur in your body and your baby during second month of pregnancy care.
2nd Month Of Pregnancy Care – What To Expect?
Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when we talk about care during second month of pregnancy:
- Your body needs to get adjusted to the rapid changes that o
- You feel nauseated and tired just like in your first month of pregnancy because of the hormonal changes.
- Headaches are common due to hormonal changes and you should not take any pain killer without doctor’s consultation.
- Cravings and sudden aversion to some foods.
- Sleep deprivation, sweating and mood swings occur frequently.
- You have to wear supportive bras to prevent sagging of breasts.
Changes In Your Body:
The foremost change you would find in your body is missing the menstrual period. There are many changes that happen during this month:
- Your uterus will now be the size of an orange.
- Ovarian cells produce progesterone hormone that is essential in maintaining the pregnancy.
- Mood swings that occur due to hormonal changes in your body.
- Your breasts turn sore and tender and you will have a tingling feeling around your nipples.
- Tiny nodules appear on the areola, which is the dark area around the nipples.
- Nausea, morning sickness and extreme fatigue, which will obstruct you to carry out your regular day work.
- You may no longer enjoy the taste or smell of smoke or alcohol, which is really good as they are harmful for your baby.
- Sudden aversions and cravings for specific foods.
- Slow increase in your body weight, hence a symptom of your body to give that extra nourishment to your baby.
- The flow and volume of your blood are on the rise and it offers required nourishment for your growing baby.
- Heart pumps one half of more blood than usual, therefore causing restlessness and a slight depression in your mood.
- You may ooze out graceful beauty due to the improved blood flow and hormonal changes. Some women develop acne.
- Shortness of breath occurs due to the bodily changes which elevate diaphragm and restrict its downward movement.
- Intestines become less efficient leading to constipation problems.
- In some cases, increased vaginal discharge takes place associated with symptoms like pain, irritation, itchiness and blood spots.
Changes In Your Baby:
This is the most exciting part to know the great changes happening in your baby. You can see a rapid development in your baby.
- During the initial week 5, your baby measures less than 1/2 of an inch and growth of heart and brain takes place.
- Bones begin to develop in their right places and also muscle development would begin.
- The placenta that nourishes your growing baby and amniotic sac which offers a safe environment are developing.
- Umbilical cord formation occurs that would connect your baby with the blood supply
- In the week 6, a tail like projection appears, giving a shape of a tadpole.
- Small bud like protuberances appears which would later form the limbs and eyes.
- With an ultrasound, your baby’s heartbeat can be heard.
- In the week 7, your baby starts developing small hands and feet.
- Heart, lungs, intestine, brain and spinal cord also start developing.
- Features like eye, nose and mouth develop.
- During the week 8, primitive ears and eyelids form.
- The tiny buds form limbs, that give an appearance of webbed fingers and toes.