2 WEEKS PREGNANT
You’re 2 weeks pregnant! Wait, but are you really? You might not actually be. Here’s why.
The way most OBs count pregnancy is from the start of the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). That’s right! This is calculated in such a manner it’s a more accurate way for doctors to estimate a due date.
So by the time you think you are two weeks pregnant, you might in actuality, be already four weeks pregnant—maybe even five.
However, if you’re truly are in the second week of your cycle and are trying to conceive, we’ve got some tips ready for you.
2 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS
As you know, getting pregnant is all about timing. Engaging in intercourse during your most fertile days is definitely a huge help—this is probably during the two days before you ovulate and the day you actually ovulate. If you’ve got a regular 28-day cycle, there is a high chance that you are ovulating on day 15.
At 2 weeks pregnant, symptoms of ovulation can clue you in on the best time to have sex and hopefully conceive a baby. You’re probably ovulating if you notice these signs at week 2 of pregnancy:
- “Egg white” cervical mucus. Sounds eeky, but that’s one of the most important signs. Your cervical mucus becomes thin, clear, and stringy, like egg whites, as you near ovulation. This consistency of the cervical mucus is to help sperm travel toward the egg more efficiently.
- Better sense of smell. Strange as this sounds, it is so true! Hormonal changes enhances your ability to pick up different scents, which interestingly, might actually be nature’s way of helping you sniff out male pheromones in an effort to make that baby.
- Breast soreness or tenderness. Hormone changes associated with ovulation can make your boobs feel slightly sore and tender to the touch.
- Pelvic ache. This happens when your ovary releases an egg, causing you to feel a little twinge in one side of your abdomen. This is the phenomenon known as Mittelschmerz—named for the doctor who first documented it.
- Light spotting. You might notice a some red or brown stains on your underwear around the time of ovulation. This happens as the follicle around the egg ruptures. However, should it actually be bleeding, it could indicate something else, such as an ectopic pregnancy. As such, do let your doctor know if you experience heavier bleeding than just spotting in between periods.
- Increased sex drive. The ovulation period might be nature’s way of telling you to up your baby-making game.
- Cervical changes. You may not know this, but your cervix also changes when you ovulated. The cervical area becomes higher, softer, and more open when you’re ovulating.
While some women depend an ovulation test to help them figure out their most fertile days. Another strategy you could adopt is to engage in sexual intercourse from about day 12 to day 16 of your menstrual cycle—which means to say, toward the end of the second week to the beginning of the third.
If you have a regular 28 days menstrual cycle, you will probably be ovulating on day 15.
2 WEEKS THE PREGNANT BELLY
If you do conceive, at 2 weeks pregnant, symptoms aren’t quite as obvious. In fact, you probably won’t be able to find out if you’re pregnant until there’s enough pregnancy hormones in your system for a home pregnancy test to detect.
That can happen at approximately week 4, which is the same time you’ll realise that you’ve missed your period. It is during this time that hormone levels are finally high enough for you to detect some noticeable pregnancy symptoms.
So if you think you might be pregnant, these are some of the symptoms you may be experiencing:
- Spotting. About 5 to 10 days after conception, you may notice a little spotting. This is caused by the embryo implanting itself into your uterine wall.
- Frequent urination. Pregnancy hormones is the culprit behind this! Hormones can cause you to take more trips to the bathroom in the first weeks of pregnancy.
- Sore boobs and/or darker areolas. As soon as those pregnancy hormones kick in, your body starts prepping your breasts for breastfeeding.
- Fatigue. Complete and utter exhaustion is what might give you the first clue that you’re expecting. That’s because your body uses a tremendous amounts of energy to grow your baby.
- Morning sickness. This is probably not news to most pregnant ladies. One of the harshest symptoms and nausea usually begins to rear its ugly head around week 4 to week 9.
- Bloating. As your body starts to understand that you’re pregnant, it slows down the digestion process in an effort to deliver more nutrients to the baby. This unfortunately results in the built up of gas and bloating.
HOW IS MY BABY 2 WEEKS PREGNANT?
You probably won’t have a 2 weeks pregnant ultrasound. However, should you see the inside of your 2 weeks pregnant belly at the time of ovulation, you might expect something like this: First your ovary releases an egg (smaller than a fleck of ground pepper) into your fallopian tube, where it must be fertilized within 12 to 24 hours.
If you’ve had sex within the last six days, there could still be sperm living inside you, and one of those could fertilize the egg.
WHAT TO DO AT 2 WEEKS PREGNANT
Reminders for the week:
- You should consider using an ovulation test
- Be on a look out for signs of ovulation
- Have sex every other day as you’re nearing your fertile period
- Start taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid daily