2nd Week of Pregnancy
Baby's Growth and Development at Week Two: Preconception
There's no baby yet, but your body is preparing for ovulation and, ultimately, conception. Wondering how you can be two weeks pregnant before your baby is conceived?
Conception typically occurs when you are two weeks pregnant, or two weeks after your period starts. Even while you're menstruating, your body is getting ready for pregnancy.
- An egg, maturing within one of your ovaries, releases.
- This process, called ovulation, usually occurs approximately 11 to 14 days after your period.
- After ovulation, the egg moves into your fallopian tube, which connects your ovary and uterus, and waits to be fertilised.
- If you have intercourse during ovulation, you might become pregnant!
- Sperm can live in your body for up to six days, but your egg, once released during ovulation, must be fertilised within 12 to 24 hours.
- At this point, your egg is too small to see with the naked eye.
Your Changing Body at Week Two: Preconception
Although conception hasn’t happened yet, your body’s getting ready. Here’s how:
When you’re two weeks pregnant, a new lining in your uterus is developing and thickening to nourish your baby.
Your body sends out hormones or chemical signals that release the egg from a follicle in your ovary when the egg is mature.
When ovulation occurs, your body releases the egg into the fallopian tube. The hormones at work — oestrogen and progesterone — cause your body temperature to increase very slightly.
Occasionally during ovulation, the ovary produces more than one egg, which can result in fraternal (non-identical) twins, triplets, or more, if multiple eggs are fertilised.
Want to know when you're ovulating?
- For most women, ovulation happens about halfway through their monthly cycle. (Ovulation occurs on day 14 of a 28-day cycle.) Consider tracking the date on your calendar for several months if you want to pinpoint when you’re ovulating.
- Look for a slight change in body temperature
- Check for any change in cervical mucous. At two weeks pregnant, you might notice an increase in mucous that could be white or cloudy. It’s totally normal, but speak with your Healthcare Professional if you’re concerned.
Wellness and Nutrition at Week Two: Preconception
Growing a baby from a single cell into a beautiful newborn draws tremendous energy, nutrients, and resources from your body. A healthy diet can help. At two weeks pregnant:
- Remember, eating the right foods provides enough energy to support you and your growing baby.
- Eat a balanced choice of foods (including proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals). It helps keep your body healthy.
Try to keep foods in the proper proportions. You can try to mentally divide your plate in half. Vegetables and fruits should make up half of your plate. Proteins and grains compose the other half. And fats? Best to use in moderation.
What is a nutritional supplement?
Similac® Mom offers a great way to ensure you're getting all of the nutrition you and your unborn baby will need. Providing all essential vitamins and minerals specifically modified to meet the needs of yourself and your baby, it's the best gift you can give. (To learn more, see Similac Mom.)
- Regular exercise as well as a healthy diet before and during pregnancy will help you manage a healthy weight gain as well as help you lose weight after delivery.