This is a time of rapid growth and development of all major organs. The head of the embryo, which is similar to a newt, is considerably larger than the rest of the body. But the tiny heart is already beating and arms and legs are growing out from the body. The baby starts to move and the majority of mothers start to suffer the first symptoms of pregnancy.
By the end of this month your baby will be roughly the size of a bean. The embryo is growing at great speed. Slowly it becomes possible to distinguish a head and a tail, the embryo starts to curve and soon starts to resemble a tadpole. Then arms and legs start to grow out from the body. These limbs already have fingers and toes, although they are still joined together by webbing. The internal organs also start to develop and the eyes and ears begin to form. When the tiny heart is almost the size of a poppy seed it starts to beat.
By the end of the second month the head is still bigger than the rest of the body. The face is already forming – even the tip of the nose is already visible. Cartilage begins to be replaced by bone cells and joints start to form. Now the baby starts to move, but the mother cannot feel it yet. An important bond is also established – a primitive placenta and umbilical cord have already begun to supply the embryo with nutrients and oxygen.
Externally the miracle taking place inside your body can still not be seen, but perhaps you are suffering from some of the early symptoms of pregnancy such as tender breasts, increased fatigue and more frequent trips to the toilet. The notorious morning sickness also appears, and can even last all day. Despite this, try and make sure you maintain a balanced, healthy diet and get plenty of rest.
Who was the first person you told you were pregnant? Write it in your diary!
Your baby is still concealing its sex – although its external sexual organs are forming, they will be the same in both sexes for a few more weeks. It only becomes possible to tell the sex of your baby with the help of a scan between the 18th and 20th week – provided of course the baby is not too bashful or too lively during the scan.