Your Pregnancy At-A-Glance

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Your Pregnancy At-A-Glance

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Your Pregnancy At-A-Glance

MONTH 2: Weeks 4-8

Possible physical changes
Menstruation has ceased, but you may experience slight staining, fatigue, sleepiness, frequent urination, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, breast tenderness.

Possible emotional changes
Irritability, mood swings, weepiness, misgivings, denial, disbelief, anger if the pregnancy is unwanted, joy, elation, excitement.

Possible appetite changes
Aversion to certain foods, morning sickness. Eating mini meals and avoiding greasy foods may help squelch queasiness.

The inside story
By the end of this month, the tiny, tadpole-like embryo is about the size of a grain of rice.

Sleep/stamina irregularities
Your metabolism is working overtime to build the growing fetus, so don't fight or ignore signs of fatigue. Great energy boosters include afternoon naps or breaks, going to bed an hour early, daily aerobic exercise, eliminating chores.

Stress Rx
Relaxation techniques, guided imagery, warm baths (not hot! avoid Jacuzzis, saunas and hot tubs), yoga and low-impact aerobic exercise all help calm frayed nerves. If you're very anxious, or your job is particularly draining take frequent breaks.

Special risks
Early miscarriage (affects 10 percent of pregnant women), "ectopic" or tubal pregnancy (less common, affecting 1 in 100 women).

When to call your doctor 
See Month 1.

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