Did You Know After Two Months, Your Baby…
- is half an inch long – about the size of a raspberry?
- is already 10,000 times bigger than he or she was at conception?
- has begun to develop a stomach, liver, brain and even a heart, which is now beating at 150 beats per minute?
- has begun to develop eyes, eyelids, ears, ankles, wrists, fingers and toes?
Over the past month or two, you may have noticed certain signs that have led you to suspect that you are pregnant, but do you know for sure?
Schedule an appointment with a doctor if you experience the following symptoms:
- Missed Period – A missed period is oftentimes one of the first signs a woman receives that she may be pregnant. However, keep in mind that women who are not pregnant may miss their periods as well due to factors such as stress, too much exercise, low body weight, hormonal imbalances and more.
- Morning Sickness – It is very common for pregnant women, especially those in their first trimester, to experience some form of morning sickness. Morning sickness can occur in all women, however, and doesn’t always guarantee pregnancy.
- Breast Changes – Breast enlargement or tenderness is another indication of pregnancy. Pregnancy results in hormonal changes that may affect your breasts, but remember that other factors may lead to breast change as well, such as unrelated hormonal changes and a change in birth control medication.
- Fatigue – When pregnant, a woman’s body will experience a rapid change in hormones, resulting in increased fatigue. However, fatigue can come from a number of factors and isn’t always a sign of pregnancy.
- Frequent Urination – A pregnant woman may notice an increase in urination frequency. This is caused by an increase in body fluids and increased kidney function to rid the body of these fluids. Also, the enlarging uterus will begin pressing up against the bladder, giving the woman the sensation of needing to urinate. Of course, there are other factors than can cause increased urination other than pregnancy, including urinary tract infections, diabetes and diuretic medications.
- Mood Changes – Everyone experiences mood changes but they can be more frequent and intense in pregnant women. These mood swings are compared to the ones experienced in the menstrual cycle, but sometimes with greater regularity.
- Food Cravings – Food cravings in pregnant women may be more appropriately described as “food swings.” For example, while most women believe food cravings are of random and strange food combinations, it is just as common for certain foods that the woman usually likes to sound unappealing.
As you can see, these symptoms usually hint at pregnancy, but because all women experience them differently, none of them guarantee pregnancy.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, or if a pregnancy test has indicated that you are pregnant, make an appointment with a doctor. He or she will give you some advice on what to do next and some prenatal vitamins to begin taking. Also, be sure to talk to your doctor about any medication or substance usage questions you may have.