What’s happening with you
The hormones of pregnancy have influenced many changes in your body. The menstrual cycle has stopped, your breasts have become tender and larger, the nipples have become more prominent and darker colored. You may notice changes in your hair — usually it’s fuller, thicker and full of body — but some women report that their hair is flatter, oilier, and less curly. Skin is also more radiant with a rich blood supply giving you a healthy glow. An occasional pimple or small outbreak isn’t unusual because the skin has an increase in natural oils.
The same increased blood supply that makes your face glow – also makes your nose stuffy or drippy and your gums more easily irritated. Some women experience their first bout of morning sickness during month two. Not every woman gets morning sickness, and some only have very mild degrees of nausea.
The uterus, which is now the size of a peach, will nudge your bladder, and the need to urinate may be more frequent. Some women find themselves waking in the night to pass urine for the first time in their lives.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, and you haven’t done so already, schedule an appointment for a test with your physician or clinician, to get the care you and baby need, right from the start!
How you may feel
This month is when some women experience morning sickness. Usually this is little more than mild nausea, but occasionally it can be more severe. Mostly the nausea is limited to the morning hours, but some women feel a lingering feeling of “not feeling well” almost any time of day.
Here are some helpful suggestions that help relieve some of these symptoms:
- Spread your food out into six or more mini-meals throughout the day, as nausea generally occurs on an empty stomach with low blood sugar. Keep hard candies nearby handy and suck on them to prevent nausea.
- Eat high carbohydrate foods such as rice, potatoes, whole-grain bread, and avoid fried, spicy and rich foods.
- Avoid taking the prenatal vitamins on an empty stomach.
- Before you get out of bed in the morning, eat dry crackers or toast.
- Drink between meals, not with them. Ginger ale or ginger tea may be soothing to your stomach.
- Drink as much fluid as you can, to replace liquid losses due to vomiting.
- Some doctors feel a vitamin B6 deficiency may be partly responsible for morning sickness, although this has not been proven. Some clinicians may recommend as B6 supplement.
Other changes and symptoms you may experience in the second month include:
- Skin darkening
- Dry and itchy skin
- Headaches and dizziness
- Increased saliva flow
- Numb or tingly limbs
How baby is growing
During month two, the entire digestive system is formed. The stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, spleen and intestines all blossom from the inner layer, the endoderm. The fetus is now about the size of a grape. The head and facial features have human characteristics, with closed eyelids, ears, and a mouth. The fetus has all limbs including arms, legs, fingers and toes, but they are supported by cartilage because the bone formation and hardening process is not complete. The external genitalia also forms and the lungs develop their separate lobes.