You are 2 months in. You may or may not know by now, but one thing is certain, you are pregnant. Your baby already reached 2 cm in length. It’s still small, but it’s there. At this point your baby is growing somewhere to 1 mm per day, the amniotic fluid increseas by 2 tablespoons per week, and your womb is already twice as big. Exciting, right?
What you should generally know is that your baby’s skin is still thin as paper and mostly transparent, but the face is starting to take shape. Its eyes start to form, but they won’t properly open untill week 26, when the eyelids are formed. Also, your baby’s fingers and toes start to form this week. So are the lungs and the brain nerve cells, and the heart beat may vary between 140 and 170 beats per minute. That is really fast comparing to yours.
Something else you should know is that after 8 weeks your baby is officially a fetus. Up until now it was an embryo, but now it is technically an “offspring”.
It is important that you should schedule an ultrasound at this point. You either just found out or knew for a while, the 8 week ultrasound can reveal all the things I told you before. Your doctor can check for all the important aspects, even if you are still early in your pregnancy. This is because your baby now has everything an adult has. The shape may vary though, as it should, for now.
There are a number of reasons the 8 week ultrasound is important, such as dating. Even if it is still early, your doctor can give you an estimate of the day your baby was conceived and the due date. You may think that the dating scan is not so important, but you are wrong. The dating could establish the standard lenghts against which your baby will be compared, for example. Measuring is very important. Another reason is the mother’s bleeding. There are women who still bleed at this point in their pregnancy. A lot of them think that there is something wrong with their baby, but that is rarely the case. The 8 week ultrasound can also reveal if there are multiple pregnancies. Trust me, you want to know.
You can see the baby’s heartbeat during your 8 week ultrasound. Most women use this reason alone to have the ultrasound. That sound is better than an entire choir of angels for a new mommy. The feeling is undescribable. It will make your heart melt.Likewise, the ultrasound technician will have to check how the umbilical cord is functioning and the size of the placenta, even though your baby still feeds from the yolk.
During the 8 week ultrasound the doctor will also want to check if your pregnancy is ectopic, which is a serious condition. An undetected ectopic pregnancy may be fatal for the mother, so it is crucial you check that out. Decisions must be made if that is the case, but do not worry. The rate of ectopic pregnancies is 19 out of 1000 women in the United States. Also, the health of your ovaries and fallopian tubes is checked during your 8 week ultrasound. Well, this is checked at every ultrasound. A healthy mother means, most of the times, a healthy baby, so you should not neglect aspects that concern your own body.
An aspect that concerns women at this stage in their pregnancy is the way the ultrasound is performed. Some of them prefer that they receive an abdominal ultrasound, but this means that they should have a full bladder in order to have a clearer view. The bladder lifts the uterus and the picture is easy to get. It is not really comfortable for someone to push on your full bladder, that is why some women prefer the transvaginal ultrasound. It is performed with a small wand, the procedure does not hurt, but you may feel a small amount of pressure. But your bladder can be totally empty, so you have that going for you. The picture is clearer too. One thing is certain though. You will forget about any pressure or discomfort once you see your baby. It’s like the holy grail for mothers. So sit back and enjoy!