By the end of this period your baby has grown from about ¼ to 1 inch long inside a sac of amniotic fluid. Hereditary characteristic were set from the moment the mothers egg and father’s sperm met. Father sperm has already determined your baby’s sex. Brain and nervous systems are forming. Heart and lungs are beginning to form. Tiny spots for ears, eyes and nose are preparing. Arm and leg buds are forming.
You were two weeks pregnant when you missed your first period, and you’ve already been pregnant six weeks when you missed your second period. Your breasts now begin to feel tender. You may experience morning sickness, but it can come any time of the day. You have not noticed any weight gain or changes in your body this month. You may feel unusually sleepy and tired. The placenta is forming and beginning to produce hormones as your body prepares for pregnancy. Your uterus will grow larger, softer and rounder, but is down behind the pubic bone where you cannot feel it.
Make an appointment to begin prenatal care. Check with your OB provider before taking any medications. Avoid cigarettes and alcohol. Avoid having x rays. Eat a well-balanced diet of whole-grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, milk products, meat and other sources of protein. Discuss with your partner any feelings you may both have about this pregnancy. Decide when and how you want to tell you family and friends about your pregnancy.