By the second month of pregnancy, expecting mothers will begin to feel changes in their body including swollen and tender breasts. Morning sickness often characterized by nausea and vomiting may also occur at this point in the pregnancy.
By this time, the embryo will also start to undergo changes, developing into a fetus that closely resembles a human form.
How Big is a 2-Month Old Fetus?
A two-month old fetus will measure about two centimeters and will weigh under two grams or less than 1/10th of an ounce. For a more visual representation, look at a kidney bean. This is how small the fetus is at this stage.
This stage is very critical in the fetus’ development. Intake of addictive substances including nicotine and alcohol, intake of medications, and exposure to hazardous chemicals such as insecticides are harmful to the fetus which could result in birth defects.
In the second month of the 1st Trimester, the baby’s major internal organs will start to develop. Its brain, liver, lungs and stomach begin to develop as well as its hands and fingers, feet and toes plus the baby’s sexual organ.
The eyelids and the baby’s inner ear start developing at this stage as well.
By the end of the 2nd month, the baby will now look like a tiny person living inside the mother’s womb.
Apart from the nausea and vomiting, expecting moms would also start to notice that they get tired easily and in fact, they will most likely feel fatigued all the time.
Raised levels of progesterone as well as estrogen will result in an increase in the mother’s milk ducts which causes the swelling and tenderness of the breasts. Mood swings are also very common at this stage in the pregnancy.
Feeling sleepy and sluggish are likewise very common; and doctors may recommend several hours of nap time in the afternoons to help the mother cope with the sleepiness and sluggishness.
Another noticeable change is the mother’s constant visits to the bathroom to urinate.
At this particular stage in the pregnancy, it is very important that would-be moms go for regular check-ups to ensure that both mother and baby are healthy.
Vitamins and supplements may be recommended by doctors to ensure that the baby is developing properly and also to make sure that the mother stays healthy.
A number of illnesses such as German measles and medical conditions like diabetes may have adverse effects on the baby which could result in congenital diseases.