Month 2 includes week 5 to week 8. By now you are 100% sure that you are pregnant. Your body has made you aware of your pregnancy by the changes that you are undergoing. You may notice the many symptoms in this month. On the outside, you may seem normal with barely any physical changes but on the inside tremendous changes are occurring, not to mention your body going haywire due to the surge of hormones. Here is what you need to know about this month of pregnancy
Symptoms during this month
- Frequent urination
- Gas and bloating
- Mood swings
- Occasional Spotting
- Darkening of the areolas (region around nipple)
- Food aversions and cravings
- Mild cramps in the pelvic region
- Increased sense of smell
The thought of certain food also makes you feel repulsive. As seen in the earlier weeks, you will find that the food that you liked, no longer appeals to you. In fact, the sight or smell of it might only put you off.
Development of the baby
Your baby will be around 1/4-1/2 inch in length. Heart, and webbed toes and fingers develop during this month. A basic form of a beating heart develops during this period. Eyes, external ears, lips, eyelids, and liver start to form. Umbilical cord and neural tube also begins its development.
Your first prenatal visit will be before 10 weeks of pregnancy and 2nd month is ideal for the same.
During the visit doctor will
- Record your vitals including weight, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure
- Record the last menstrual cycle date to work out expected due date
- Recommend healthy diet and lifestyle
- Schedule tests, scans and further visits
- Do a vaginal examination to check for vagina and cervix
- Check the shape and size of pelvis
Let’s see what you should be doing this month!
- Keep yourself well-nourished and hydrated.
- Exercise helps you develop the strength and endurance need to carry your baby. It can act as a great stress-reducer and help you to manage the aches and pains that you start to experience during your pregnancy. A simple 30 – 45 minutes’ walk in the park would also be adequate. Do remember to talk to your doctor before starting any exercise regimen. You may find some interesting prenatal exercises for this month at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5CwY4Lo4dg
- Reduce any stress-related work or any physically taxing work.
- Keep yourself calm and positive. Meditate or listen to soothing music if needed.
- Most importantly, surround yourself with your family and loved ones’. Your little one is a new addition to your family. Your partner and you have all the reasons to celebrate it more. Not to mention, your family will provide you the additional emotional support and help that you need in your journey into motherhood.
- Wear comfortable clothes, in which you don’t feel confined. Consider wearing salwars or palazzos and lose cotton kurtas and tops to make your life easy.
- Eat healthy and at the right time! Don’t stay hungry for long. Take your vitamins and schedule your appointments and if possible chart down your changes separately. This way, you will be able to ask any queries related to you and your baby’s health to your doctor.