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Week 2: And we're on our way!

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Topic Week 2: And we're on our way!

Post by *** Dannii *** on Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:50 pm

Fetal development in pregnancy week 2:


embryo in first month
Your little blastocyst is now separating into two distinct parts: the
amniotic cavity (or yolk sac) and the embryo (your baby-to-be). The
yolk sac’s main job is to protect and nourish your baby until the
placenta is fully formed. Right now, the placenta is just beginning to
take shape, but won’t be complete for another 8 weeks or so. The
beginnings of the umbilical cord are visible and partly functional,
although it is still not fully formed.

And how's mom doing?
Even if you’re not aware of your pregnancy yet, in retrospect it will
be of no surprise that you’re feeling more groggy than usual. If you
think about it: your body is working extra hard getting together all
the necessary plans and materials to house a growing breathing human
being! You may also find your body is working extra hard getting together all the necessary plans and materials to house a growing breathing human being!
that your breasts are a little swollen and tender and you may be
urinating more frequently. These are all common early-pregnancy
symptoms. At this point your body is producing copious amounts of the
hormone Beta-hCG (Beta Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – just use the
acronym), which increases estrogen and progesterone output and are the
hormones that yield a positive pregnancy test were you to take one. Now
would be a good time to schedule an appointment with your family
physician or gynecologist for positive confirmation. In the meantime,
you should make every effort to keep your newly pregnant-self as
healthy and happy as possible. This means: NO alcohol, NO tobacco, NO
caffeine (NO lattes!), NO recreational drugs and try to stay away from
highly stressful events as much as possible. You are now responsible
for the ongoing health and well being of a vulnerable little tiny
human-to-be who's health and well-being are dependent on YOU and your
behavior for the next 9 months.
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