2 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect In Week 2
Ok, when you’re 2 weeks pregnant, technically you’re still not pregnant yet.
The length of pregnancy is worked out by adding 280 days to the first day of your last menstrual period.
It is based on the assumption your period arrives exactly every 28 days and you ovulate mid-cycle, on day 14.
This assumption is one of the reasons why estimated due dates are often inaccurate.
In fact, the timing of ovulation, and therefore conception, varies from woman to woman.
If you’d like to try to work out your estimated due date, check out BellyBelly’s due date calculator.
Trying To Conceive
Don’t expect to experience any pregnancy symptoms just yet.
In fact, you’ll need to watch out for signs of your fertile period.
These signs include:
- Cervical mucus. As your body prepares for ovulation, it gets ready for any potential sperm. You might notice your cervical mucus increases and changes, and starts to look like egg white – clear, thin and stringy. This helps sperm travel more easily to the egg.
- Heightened sex drive. The hormones associated with ovulation seem to be responsible for increasing your desire to have sex. This is nature’s way of making sure conception is more likely to happen. It’s particularly useful, as the human ovum doesn’t last long if it’s not fertilised.
- Increased sense of smell. Another interesting way nature encourages reproduction. Around the time of ovulation you become sensitive to musky scents and male pheromones.
- Cervical changes. If you check your cervix for signs of fertility, you will notice it becomes higher, softer and more open.
Although sperm can survive for 72 hours, healthy sperm in the right environment can survive for up to 7 days.
An unfertilised egg, however, will only survive for about 24 hours after being released.
That means timing is pretty important. Aim to have sex some time between 3 days before and 1 day after ovulation.
Maximise your chances of becoming pregnant by knowing which sex positions can encourage an ‘egg-meets-sperm’ situation.
Every month, your chance of becoming pregnant is about 20%.
About 90% of fertile couples will achieve a pregnancy within 12 months.
If it doesn’t happen this month, it’s still possible next month.
2 Weeks Pregnant Belly
Your body has been preparing for the possibility of a fertilised egg by forming a blood-rich lining in your uterus.
Eggs in your ovaries are beginning to ripen in sacs called follicles.
Later this week an ovary will release one egg and it will be swept into the fallopian tube.
If you’re not confident you will recognise your fertile signs, you can use an ovulation predictor kit (OPK).
There are two ways an OPK works:
- Saliva OPK: this tests for rising oestrogen levels as you near ovulation. As this hormone increases, so does the salt content in your saliva. When the salt dries it forms a fern-like pattern. The saliva OPK is like a microscope so you can look for this pattern a few days before ovulation occurs.
- Urine OPK: this tests for increasing levels of luteinising hormone (LH). This surge occurs 1-2 days before ovulation and is the trigger for ovulation. You’re most likely to conceive in the 12-36 hours between detecting the surge and the release of an egg. It’s similar to a home pregnancy test, which also tests your urine.
2 Weeks Pregnant: Signs And Symptoms
If you do conceive straight away at 2 weeks, you won’t be able to tell for at least another week or so.
On average, it takes a fertilised egg 6-10 days to make the journey from fallopian tube to uterus.
Once it’s in the uterus, the fertilised egg will implant, burrowing into the thick lining.
When implantation has occurred, pregnancy has officially happened.
The tissue making up the placenta will begin to secrete a pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, better known as hCG.
This is the hormone a home pregnancy test will pick up at about the time you miss your next period.
At 2 weeks pregnant, however, hCG levels can’t be detected, because implantation has to happen first.
2 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
It’s very unlikely you will have an ultrasound at 2 weeks pregnant unless your doctor is concerned you might not be ovulating.
If you were able to see inside, there wouldn’t be a baby yet.
A tiny egg, about the size of a small grain of sand, has been released into the fallopian tube.
Fertilisation must occur within 12-24 hours after ovulation.
If you’ve had unprotected sex in the last 5 days, there might be living sperm waiting for the egg.
Sperm usually only survives 1-2 days, so it’s best to have regular sex in the days leading up to ovulation.
The fertilised egg begins its journey to your uterus to implant and become your baby.
If you know when you ovulated, you can be quite accurate about the date of conception.
This can give you a better idea of your pregnancy due date.
Keep in mind that 280 days is the average length of gestation.
Very few babies are actually born on their estimated due date. In fact the figure is only about 3-5%.
So, even though you’re 2 weeks ‘pregnant’, you’re not quite pregnant just yet. But don’t worry, you almost are.
Stay alert for any pregnancy signs in the next few weeks.
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