The first 2 months
~ for the first 8 weeks he is called an "embryo"
~ he looks like a tadpole
~ buds that will grow into his arms and legs appear
~ his heart and lungs begin to form
~ by the 25th day his heart starts to beat
~ neural tube that will become his brain and spinal cord begins to form
~ his major organs are forming
~ early stages of placenta, exchanges nutrients from your body for his waste products, are visible and working
~ his ears, ankles, and wrists are formed
~ his eyelids are formed, but still sealed shut
~ his fingers and toes are developed
~ by the end of the second month he looks more like a person than a tadpole and he is about 1 inch long and weighs less than 1 ounce
~ you will be tired (fatigued is more the word): your body is working hard, especially when you are resting. Don't push yourself too hard. When you are tired, rest, it is that simple.
~ you will have to urinate frequently: pressure of your growing uterus will press on your bladder increasing your trips to the bathroom
~ you may get morning sickness: you may get nausea with or without vomitting that can strike at any time during the day. Hints to help avoid or minimize: drink plenty of fluids; eat a diet high in protein and carbohydrates; avoid the sight, smell, and taste of foods that make you feel queasy; eat often before you feel hungry or nauseous; eat in bed - 10 to 20 minutes before you get up; get extra sleep and relaxation.
~ you may have new food dislikes or cravings: go ahead indulge yourself
~ your breasts may change: become fuller, heavy, tender or even tingle
~ mood swings, irrationality, and weepiness may stike you, much like the feelings you go through in premenstrual syndrome
~you may run the spectrum of emotions: misgivings, fear, joy, elation, etc.
~ she is now called a fetus
~ her fingers and toes now have soft nails
~ there are 20 buds in her mouth that will become baby teeth
~ all her body organs can be recognized
~ her reproductive organs are developed but gender is still externally undistinguishable
~ by the end of the month she is 4 inches long and weighs a little over an ounce
~ you may still be tired
~ you probably are still urinating frequently
~ morning sickness may continue
~ you may begin to experience heartburn or indigestion
~ you will still have food dislikes and cravings
~ your breasts continue to change
~ you may feel constipated: constipation is enevitable in pregancy so you may want to begin taking steps to avoid it now. Add fiber to your diet; eat fresh fruit and vegetables; drink lots of water; drink prune juice in small amounts; walk for at least 1/2 hour a day.
~ your clothes may begin to feel tight: you are gaining weight. A healthy weight gain during your pregnancy is best for you and your baby. You should gain 25 - 35 pounds over the duration of your pregnancy. Breakdown of your weight gain: baby - 7.5 pounds; placenta: 1.5 pounds; amniotic fluid 1.75 pounds; uterine enlargement 2 pounds; maternal breast tissue 1 pound; maternal blood volume 2.75 pounds; fluids and maternal tissue 3 pounds; maternal fat 7 pounds = 26.5 pounds (weights are aproximate).
~ you may experince occasional headaches
~ you may become faint or dizzy
~ your appetite increases
~ you may feel irritabile and weepy
~ your emotional roller coaster will continue