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Fetal Development: 2 Months

2 Months (5-8 weeks)


Congratulations! You are two months pregnant. Your baby is about one inch long from crown to rump. The tail that is present in an early embryo will diminish by the end of this month. Arms and legs are starting to form. Your baby’s skin is somewhat translucent and veins are clearly visible throughout his body. His heart has divided into two chambers and is efficiently pumping now. He makes spontaneous movements and the yolk is starting to form into the placenta. Your baby’s head is proportionally large as his brain grows rapidly and ears start to form on his head.

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You may be feeling a bit blah now. Most moms complain of bloating and indigestion in the second month. This is due to your digestion system slowing, allowing your bloodstream to pass more nutrients to your baby. This also takes some energy from you, leaving you to feel very tired. Not to worry, the fatigue and nausea will wane by the end of the first trimester. Until then, eat frequent, small, light meals.

Take care of yourself, because the first trimester is very important, as it is during this time that your baby’s body parts and brain are formed. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Also, limit your caffeine intake, as excessive caffeine consumption can contribute to miscarriage. Talk to your doctor about any prescription or OTC drugs you are taking, including herbal supplements,and don’t forget to take those prenatal vitamins!

What about those times you went partying before you knew you were pregnant? There’s no point worrying about the past. Chances are your baby is just fine.

Physical symptoms you may be experiencing include fatigue, sleeplessness, frequent urination, nausea, excess saliva, constipation, heartburn, indigestion, bloating, food aversion or cravings, breast changes, increased vaginal discharge, headaches, dizziness, tight clothes, and PMS-like mood swings. Are we having fun yet?

Emotions run high in this first trimester. Your body is working overtime, and you may feel a little run down. A lot of women are surprised at how tired they feel, and the extra hormones running through your body isn’t helping. Try to get as much rest as you can during this time. Treat yourself to long warm baths and time out for yourself. You deserve it.


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This should be used as a general guideline and is for general information and educational purposes only. Please remember that all pregnancies develop at different rates. If you have questions about your baby's development, please contact your doctor or midwife.


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