You might have started getting inklings of your pregnancy sometime between Week 5 to 8. Thinking of purchasing a pregnancy test kit soon to confirm your suspicions? While you might be puzzling over the physical symptoms and emotional signs of pregnancy, your baby might already be transforming into the baby you’ll see in 9 months’ time.
2 months pregnant: Week-by-week analysis
Month 2 of pregnancy starts from Week 5 and ends with Week 8 of pregnancy. When the days pass and your menstrual period does not come, you might have used a pregnancy test kit to find out what’s going on. The level of hormones in your body is slowly changing and the early symptoms of pregnancy might start appearing.
Some moms might jump on board the pregnancy train immediately and started having morning sickness. If the pregnancy kit gives you a positive result and your baby’s heartbeat is detected through an ultrasound scan when you go for your first checkup, then there’s no time to waste – mentally prepare yourself for motherhood and start your pregnancy journey on a good note.
5 Weeks Pregnant
Women who have regular periods might start suspecting that they’re pregnant this week. This is because their usually regular periods are about a week late. Around this period of time, some women see some bleeding – this is spotting due to the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine lining. If the pregnancy test kit gives a positive result, the pregnancy is confirmed.
6 Weeks Pregnant
Those with irregular periods will start realizing that something is up as their periods are unusually late. Signs and symptoms of pregnancy could have already started appearing for some moms in the form of morning sickness. The embryo’s limbs and head start taking shape.
7 Weeks Pregnant
Most moms get their first checkup at around Week 6-8 and once the embryo’s heartbeat is detected, maternity life has officially started for most moms. Lifestyle habits that are hard to break – like quitting smoking and drinking – will help your fetus. There is no time to waste so it’s recommended that expectant moms quit alcohol and smoking ASAP.
8 Weeks Pregnant
The embryo is getting all the nutrients needed from the yolk sac as the placenta and the umbilical cord which will join the baby to mom’s body are both not yet completely formed. Bones have started to form; vital organs like the heart, brain, liver, lungs, kidneys and other internal organs are starting to develop.
Your morning sickness might be at its worst now and keeping food down might prove a challenge. During this period of time, the baby’s nutrients come from the placenta and not your body, so don’t worry! Your baby has the nutrients they need for growth. If you cannot keep food down, there is no need to force feed yourself – eat what you can, when you can, and the amount that you can stomach.
Able to confirm pregnancy when you are 2 months pregnant
Most pregnancy test kits are able to give an accurate result from one week after the week menstruation was supposed to take place, so some moms are able to find out about their pregnancy from Week 5 onward. Through an ultrasound scan at the hospital, if the gestational sac in which the embryo is growing in, and the embryo’s heartbeat can be detected in the uterus, the pregnancy is confirmed. Moms will also be able to find out when their expected delivery date is.
2 months pregnant: Symptoms
Once pregnancy is established, the uterus and the placenta grows to accommodate the needs of the growing embryo, and the female hormones that support the pregnancy – hCG, estrogen, and progesterone – are secreted in large amounts. The change in hormone levels will give rise to the appearance of a variety of signs and symptoms in the mom’s body.
It might be a physically and mentally stressful period of time, but as stress could result in negative outcomes like miscarriage or preterm birth, don’t worry about things too much. Get support from the people around you, and pass each day as calmly as you can!
Possible signs and symptoms
- Experiencing emotional ups-and-downs
- Increase in frequency of urination
- Chest tightness
- Feeling feverish
- Lower abdominal pains
- Nausea and an upset stomach
Morning sickness starts when you’re 2 months pregnant
If morning sickness hits you early, it can begin as early as Week 6 of pregnancy. However, morning sickness worsens as the weeks go by and reaches its peak between Weeks 9 and 12. Morning sickness might be accompanied by a range of other signs and symptoms – not being able to stomach anything, becoming sensitive to smells, feeling sleepy all the time, or even an increase in the amount of saliva you produce.
When morning sickness hits, foods that were personal favorites might become food leftover on the plate and you might develop cravings for a particular food. The severity of morning sickness differs according to the individual, so the methods used to deal with morning sickness also differ.
2 months pregnant: Embryo (Fetus)
In Month 2 of pregnancy, the baby is called an embryo and resembles a fish in the initial stages with its tail and gills. In this month, the internal organs in the embryo develop at a fast pace, the limbs and head form at the end of Month 2 of pregnancy, and the embryo will start resembling a human more.
The hypothalamus, kidneys, mammary glands, heart, lungs and other internal organs are formed, while the amygdala, which is in control over the muscles of the body, develops. The heart begins to develop, divide into 4 chambers and starts functioning, so this is the period of time in which the ultrasound scan will be able to start picking up the heartbeat of the embryo.
Things to note when you’re 2 months pregnant
When the fertilized egg is implanted outside the uterus, the pregnancy is termed an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies make up 0.5 – 1.5% of all pregnancies and cannot be prevented. When the fertilized egg implants itself in the Fallopian tubes (or less commonly, on the cervix or the ovary), the Fallopian tubes might rupture when the embryo grows bigger, and there is a risk of hemorrhage.
As pregnancy test kits give positive results to an ectopic pregnancy, if you get a positive result and see symptoms and signs of pregnancy but there is no heartbeat detected in the uterus, make sure you go for further tests to determine whether you’re at risk of an ectopic pregnancy or not. It concerns your life, so go!
About 20 percent of moms experience abnormal bleeding or spotting during the first trimester of pregnancy, and so it is not exactly an uncommon experience. However, even if there is bleeding or if the discharge is black or light brown in color, there is no need to worry when this is not accompanied by abdominal cramps or tightness.
Always change sanitary napkins where necessary, take note of the intensity of the abdominal cramps, the amount of blood lost, and inform your practitioner should these symptoms or signs appear.
When either brownish or blackish discharge is accompanied by abdominal cramps, or when there are signs of fresh bleeding, it could possibly be an ectopic pregnancy. If you see such signs, go to the hospital and get a checkup right away.
Threatened abortion and miscarriage
The first trimester of pregnancy is both a difficult period of time for both the mother and baby – the risk of a threatened abortion or a miscarriage is high. A miscarriage is the termination of a pregnancy before Week 20 and refers to the embryo being expelled from the mother’s body. There is a 10-15% risk that a pregnancy loss can take place in every pregnancy. Pregnancy losses during this period of time are a result of the anomalies in the fertilized egg or the inability of the embryo to develop normally and thus cannot be prevented.
Pregnancy can carry on to reach term even though a mom faces the risk of a threatened abortion. So, if you have bleeding or lower abdominal pains, take note of the changes in your own body, especially if you’re told that you face the risk of a threatened abortion (possible miscarriage before Week 20).
Talk to your practitioner about anything that might be weighing on your mind.
Take enough iron and folic acid in 2nd month of pregnancy
The nutrients you should actively consume in the first trimester can be narrowed down to just two – iron and folic acid. As iron is sent to your baby first, your body requires much more iron in comparison to when you are in a non-pregnant state. Also, the increase in production of blood cells has the effect of thinning out your blood.
Insufficient intake of iron could lead to symptoms of iron deficiency like anemia, temporary blackouts, headaches, or fatigue. If the mother isn’t in good health, this can impede the growth of the embryo when not enough oxygen is sent to the uterus. When you eat, eat wisely and choose foods rich in iron like spinach or seaweed.
Folate supports the production of new cells and is a nutrient vital in the first trimester as it supports the development of the embryo’s brain and nervous system. The recommended amount of folic acid each day is 400 to 600 μg. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, and can come in the form of supplements.
In the first trimester of pregnancy, taking folic acid supplements will help your baby get the boost they need to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) – spinal cord defects like spina bifida and brain defects like anencephaly – from happening.
2 Months Pregnant: Fight the baby blues!
In Month 2 of pregnancy, the baby’s gestational sac can be detected through the use of ultrasound, and you might be feeling all full of hope. However, on the other hand, you might feel stressed out when morning sickness appears and there are other changes in your body. Especially for those pregnant for the very first time, not knowing anything about pregnancy or delivery can add to your insecurities.
If you’re feeling emotionally vulnerable, remind yourself that it is partly due to the changes in your hormone levels. Seek support from your partner, family or friends, and take some time to get yourself ready to embrace pregnancy and a maternity lifestyle.