Month Two FAQs

Spotting does not mean that you may have a miscarriage. Data shows that around 30 percent women have spotting during their first trimester and then have a healthy pregnancy. But be careful and if you see any kind of spotting then consult your doctor immediately.

Your baby will start to move between the 18 and the 22 week. Some women could start to feel the movement before that too. These movements are not very sharp and would feel like flutters.

A 20-30 pounds weight gain is ideal if you are carrying a single baby. This means that 300 calories per day should be good enough for you. However make sure that these extra calories are added through healthy food and not fast food and other unhealthy diet.

Early pregnancy loss happens 10% of the time in known pregnancies.

The cause of the loss could be a random event in which case the embryo would be getting a chromosome number that is abnormal. An abnormal number of chromosomes will not let the embryo develop properly and this could lead to pregnancy loss.

Early pregnancy loss does not happen because of having sex or using birth control pills before pregnancy. Also morning sickness and pregnancy loss are unrelated. Caffeine, alcohol and smoking could be the reason for pregnancy loss. There is no proven research on these but it is best to avoid them.

The common signs of an early pregnancy loss are bleeding and cramping. You may experience some mild bleeding or cramping and that is normal. The bleeding will stop and the pregnancy will continue. There could be other reasons too like developing an Ectopic pregnancy. If you face any of these then consult your doctor immediately.

During your first doctor appointment the doctor will:

  • Find out which week pregnant you are
  • Measure your weight. This is important to keep track that your weight gain is gradual and normal
  • Check your blood pressure level
  • Tells you about what you should seat and what you should not
  • An internal examination could be done to check the cervix and your vagina.

The common tests that your doctor will ask you to do are:

  • Blood tests- This checks your blood group and the rhesus status. It also checks your hemoglobin level and if you are immune to German-measles
  • Urine test – This is done to test the level of protein which could cause pre-eclampsia.
  • Ultrasound scan – This helps to check you baby’s health.

It is important that you be prepared with your questions before you go for your first appointment. You need to be prepared mentally as well as emotionally.Make sure that you take care of your personal hygiene. Carry all your medical papers. Make a list of things that is concerning you.