Your pregnancy: month 2
Welcome to a world where your growing baby is measured according to fruit and vegetables!
Weeks 5 and 6
Your baby is the size of a: pea
Your baby now looks like a tadpole (a cute one!), and several important organs including the heart, brain and spinal cord are starting to develop. If you have an early ultrasound, you might even be able to see your baby’s heart beating.
A small head is taking shape complete with little bumps that will become eyes and a nose in a few weeks, and buds for the arms and legs are beginning to appear. The umbilical cord is also forming – it will soon provide the fetus with vital nutrients from your blood after it’s been filtered through the placenta.
You’ll have missed your period by now, so it’s a good idea to take a home pregnancy test or visit your doctor to confirm that you’re pregnant.
Weeks 7 and 8
Your baby is the size of a: raspberry
The limb buds that formed last week are starting to grow and separate into different segments for the arms, legs, hands and feet (which are webbed for now). Your baby’s mouth, tongue, eyelids, ears and nose are developing, and its kidneys are ready for action.
With a growth rate of 1 mm (3/64 of an inch) per day and 100 new brain cells being produced every minute, your little berry is in a hurry to grow up! Don’t be surprised if all these changes cause those dreaded pregnancy symptoms to rear their ugly heads. Keep in mind they’re all for a good cause and they should abate by the second trimester.
- Frequent urination
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tender breasts
- Excess saliva
- Food cravings or aversions
- Bloating and gas
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Heightened sense of smell
Tips of the month: Start following a healthy pregnancy diet that’s high in whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats. Avoid foods that can contain bacteria, which could harm the baby, including unpasteurized foods such as soft cheeses, undercooked or deli meats, and raw eggs. You should also stay away from the litter box – cat feces can contain a disease called toxoplasmosis, which could be dangerous for your baby.