Second month of pregnancy: does the belly already appear? See tips

In many cases, the woman only discovers the pregnancy when she is already in the 2nd month of gestation, between 5 and 8 weeks.

Therefore, this moment is for many moms the beginning of everything.

The symptoms, which may have gone unnoticed in the 1st month, can now be more evident and intense.

Want to find out more about this period? Continue reading our article and find out more about the topic.


What are the symptoms of pregnancy at two months?

The symptoms in the 2nd month of pregnancy are basically the same as those that may be present in the first month, with a few variations.

They may be more intense in some cases, at which point nausea becomes more common.

Generally, nausea is more intense in the 2nd month, and may be more present in the morning, when the pregnant woman is still on an empty stomach.

However, this sensation can be recurrent throughout the day.

Despite being a discomfort for the pregnant woman, morning nausea and vomiting are a beneficial response of the organism for the development of the fetus to remain healthy.

According to a study by the University of Chicago, the woman’s body has toxins in the bloodstream that can affect the fetus’ central nervous system.

Therefore, during the 1st trimester of pregnancy, this symptom is quite common.

Women may also experience increased salivation, which helps to stimulate retching.

Other symptoms that may occur include the following:

  • Changes in mood;
  • Pimples on the face and back;
  • Swelling;
  • Desire to eat more specific foods;
  • Aversion to certain foods;
  • Flatulence;
  • Tiredness;
  • Cold;
  • Burning sensation and indigestion.

Another change is in weight. At that moment, both an increase and a small loss of weight can occur, as a result of vomiting and nausea, which can reduce a woman’s appetite.

Bleeding in the second month of pregnancy

In the 1st month of pregnancy, bleeding similar to menstruation may occur, which occurs because of the implantation of the embryo in the uterus ( nesting ).

In addition, bleeding in the 2nd or 3rd month can also occur due to the displacement of the gestational sac, which is adapting to the uterus.

This eliminated blood, when it happens, is usually in small amounts and is darker, like a coffee grounds.

It may last for a few days, but it is not common to cause colic in women.

In any case, it is important that the woman see a doctor in case of any bleeding or abnormal discharge to ensure that there are no risks to her pregnancy or health, as the bleeding can also be an indication of an abortion.

Read more: Recurrent miscarriages may be linked to poor sperm quality

How big is the belly of the two-month-old pregnant woman?

In the 2nd month of pregnancy, the belly of the pregnant woman is still not very noticeable and does not even have that harder aspect, typical of the months when the pregnancy is more advanced.

In that time, between the 5th and the 8th week, the fetus can vary between 3mm to 16mm, which is very little to the point of causing visible changes in the woman’s belly.

However, changes in the body are more visible.

It is possible that the pregnant woman begins to notice that the clothes are tighter in the waist area and breast growth can also occur, which may require the use of bras in larger numbers.

How is the fetus in the second month of pregnancy?

In the 2nd month of pregnancy, the development of the embryo remains at a very fast pace, just as it is in the 1st month.

New structures of the baby’s body, such as kidneys, liver, heart, muscles, central nervous system and skeleton are beginning to form.

Even at the beginning of the 2nd month, the doctor can identify the fetal heartbeat by ultrasound, which, even small, can reach 80 beats per minute.

Over the course of these weeks, there are several developments in the fetus.

The head, for example, is the part of the body that grows most in the fetus, and it is during that month that the brain and nervous system begin to develop.

There is also the beginning of the development of features such as the cheekbone, jaw and chin.

As it is within that month when the connection of the limbs and neurons begins, the fetus may manifest small and involuntary movements within the mother’s belly.

By the end of the 2nd month, the baby’s heart can reach 150 beats per minute.

How big is the baby in the second month of pregnancy?

If in the 1st month the baby has an average of 2.5mm and a weight of 2g (like a grain of sesame), in the 2nd month the size is much more expressive.

The fetus can measure up to 16mm and weigh between 2.5g and 8g, varying according to the pregnant woman’s body or the fact that she is at the beginning or end of the month.

To get a better sense of the baby’s size, we can compare it to a grape unit .

Read more: Gestational Calculator (weeks, months): how to calculate, ultrasound

Two months pregnant already feel the baby?

Although it is usually in the 2nd month of pregnancy that the woman discovers the pregnancy, this discovery is not due to the fact that it is possible to feel the fetus in her belly, but because of the various other changes in her body.

This is because the fetus is still far from the wall of the uterus, due to its very small size, and the symptoms are often barely noticeable.

Care and what to do in the second month of pregnancy

In the 2nd month, as well as throughout the pregnancy, you need to take care of your health.

Due to changes in your body, habits also change and some tips can help to make this day-to-day life full of transformations more comfortable.

In addition, adopting some healthier attitudes can also ensure the baby’s proper health and development.

Here are some tips and precautions:

  • Schedule small meals for the day, with healthy and nutritious portions. It is a way to help reduce motion sickness;
  • Wear comfortable and more reinforced bras, so the feeling of heaviness in the breasts is reduced;
  • Schedule prenatal consultations with an obstetrician to monitor the baby’s development;
  • Be careful with medications and supplements. Consult a doctor or pharmacist to ensure that the use is safe;
  • Look for relaxing activities and hobbies to lessen the stress of symptoms such as mood swings and nausea, for example;
  • Have a diet rich in vitamins and essential nutrients, as everything that is eaten goes to the baby.