That's it, you're 2 months pregnant and you've finally realized that you are pregnant! The second month of pregnancy runs from the fifth to the eighth week of pregnancy (SG), or from the seventh to the tenth week of amenorrhea (SA). The second month of pregnancy is also the month when all the questions come up! Body changes, life changes, childbirth, education, organization, preparation of the house, ... Pregnancy is not easy on the mind. Surround yourself with caring people and relativize, everything will be fine.
- The important events of the 2nd month of pregnancy
- What body changes for the mother-to-be during the 2nd month of pregnancy??
- The anti-stretch mark routine at 2 months of pregnancy
- The development of the baby during the second month of pregnancy
Important events of the 2nd month of pregnancy
What tests should be done during the second month of pregnancy?
If you have not yet had your first mandatory prenatal appointment, which we mentioned in our "Follow-up of the first month of pregnancy", you will have to do so during the second month of pregnancy. As a reminder, this first appointment must be done before the end of the third month. It is one of the 7 mandatory appointments during pregnancy. Once your baby has arrived, you will still have a post-natal visit to make.
The 7 mandatory prenatal visits and the postnatal visit are reimbursed at 100% by the Social Security..
During this first appointment, the person who will follow you during your pregnancy will check a few important points:
- Do the first ultrasound of the three mandatory ones, we talk about it in more detail in our “The follow-up of the third month of pregnancy”
- Check some technical aspects (blood pressure, weighing, breast examination and maybe a vaginal touch, which is not mandatory, you can refuse them throughout your pregnancy! )
- Check your immunity to toxoplasmosis. If you are not immune, you should be checked every month. Toxoplasmosis is a benign disease but can have serious effects on pregnant women.
- Determination of blood type (in case of first pregnancy)
- Search for certain diseases (hepatitis B, toxoplasmosis, syphilis, ...)
- Pap smear, if you are not up to date
The specialist may prescribe vitamins (especially B9, folic acid), iron or magnesium to help the embryo develop properly.
As a reminder, following this appointment, he will give you a document that includes three parts: two are to be sent to the CAF (or MSA) and the other to your health insurance fund. These documents will allow you to open your rights to maternity leave but also to the birth bonus if your income allows it.
This is also the time for you to talk about subjects that you may have questions about, such as how the birth will take place, which births are possible, and which appointments you can make in addition to those that are mandatory.
When should you choose your maternity hospital and childcare during your pregnancy?
The answer is... as soon as possible! Especially if you live in a big city. In Paris, to name only one city, some women call the maternity hospital of their dreams with the test just done in their hands!
Don't worry, you will eventually find a place that suits you to live this magical moment!
You can also start to look for the childcare method that suits you best. If you find a structure that suits you, don't hesitate to start making your file to be sure that your little one will be taken care of when you both go back to work.
What are the body changes for the mother-to-be at 2 months of pregnancy?
The discomforts and symptoms of pregnancy at 2 months of pregnancy
There is still no respite for the mother-to-be during her second month of pregnancy, even if for some it's dead calm! The HCG hormone, which confirmed the pregnancy, reaches its maximum and causes you some small annoyances: morning sickness, fatigue and pain are part of your daily life. Although all these aches and pains can be unpleasant, they are good news: your baby has settled in and is still growing! To avoid nausea, or at least reduce it, you can try drinking a glass of water before getting up or having breakfast in bed.
You may also experience heartburn or bloating and your mood may be a bit... changeable!
You may also feel heavy at the end of the day, especially in your legs. This phenomenon can be explained by the fact that your venous circulation is more difficult, especially if you have problems on that side.
It is often said that pregnancy is not an illness and this is true! However, if you feel tired, your breathing is slower or your heart rate is racing, get some rest! You are creating life and it is not easy on your body.
If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to consult your doctor or midwife, and above all, do not self-medicate! Before taking any medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice and read the instructions carefully. Some medicines are not allowed during pregnancy, while others are recommended.
What to eat during pregnancy?
As far as food is concerned, continue to eat fresh and rich foods! Eat balanced meals with starchy foods, proteins and vegetables! The richer and more varied your meals are, the less likely you will be to crave sweets which, although they may taste good, will not give you any nutritional benefit. Your baby needs a good supply of vitamins, minerals and proteins to develop.
Remember to cook your meat well and wash your fruits and vegetables well to avoid any risk of contamination.
Drink plenty of water, at least 1.5 liters per day to relieve bloating and avoid urinary tract infections.
Keep moving, but gently! A little walking, yoga or swimming will do you a world of good.
If you are prone to nausea every day, you may lose some weight in early pregnancy. You can talk to your doctor about this, but don't worry, once the first trimester is over, your weight will come back. The medical profession announces 1 kilo per month, but each person's body and weight gain is different, so don't think about it!
Body changes at 2 months of pregnancy
At 2 months of pregnancy your belly is a little round but not really because baby is taking up space... It is rather the bloating, aerophagia and constipation that will make it much tighter than usual! You'll see your waist thicken a bit and your breasts swell.
Don't wait until the end of your pregnancy to buy a new bra that fits you. Good breast support is very important, especially during pregnancy when your breasts can be sore. Pregnancy lingerie is usually made of soft materials and without underwire, and is very comfortable. Most of the time, it is also compatible with breastfeeding! If you want to breastfeed, that's fine!
During the second month, and even until the end of your pregnancy, you may experience more white discharge than usual. This is a normal process to cleanse the body, so don't worry! Your estrogen levels increase and thicken the vaginal lining. As the vaginal lining cleans itself, it will have more cells to shed, which is why there is more white discharge.
However, if the discharge is itchy, burning or smelly, you may have a fungus or infection. In this case, consider consulting your doctor.
The risk of miscarriage remains high until the end of the first trimester. Watch your blood loss carefully. If it is accompanied by severe pain or if it is abundant, do not take any risks and go to the emergency room.
The anti-stretch mark routine at 2 months of pregnancy
Even at 2 months of pregnancy, it is very important to apply an anti-stretch mark cream! The 1st Organic Anti-Stretch Mark Cream is ideal. It acts on the disruption of the skin, due to hormones and stimulates the production of collagen. It protects the elastin fibers while moisturizing the skin. This cream is to be applied morning and evening during the first trimester. When you apply it, make circular movements on the skin until it is completely absorbed!
88% of women who have used the Stretch Mark Prevention Program from Laboratoires Téane have not had any stretch marks.
Baby's development during the second month of pregnancy
During this time, your baby is still developing, and it's not all plain sailing for him either! His nervous system, lungs, liver, stomach, spine and kidneys are forming. His first muscles also begin to appear, his fingers and toes become individualized, and he makes his first reflex movements. Its sensory organs (ears, tip of the nose, optic nerve) are visible during the first ultrasound. The dental buds also make their appearance during the second month.
Although the sex is not yet detectable on the ultrasound, it is already genetically determined. See you at the second ultrasound in the second trimester to find out!
His heart continues to grow and splits into two parts (right atrium and left atrium). You can even hear it beating with a Doppler. At the end of the 2nd month, the baby measures about 3 cm and weighs between 2 and 3 g. He looks like a miniature version of a baby!
At the end of this month of pregnancy, we will talk about a fetus and not an embryo!
Find now our article on the 3rd month of pregnancy .