2 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect
Ok, when you’re 2 weeks pregnant you’re technically not pregnant yet!
The length of pregnancy is worked out by adding 280 days to the first day of your last menstrual period.
This of course assumes your period arrives exactly every 28 days and you ovulate mid cycle on day 14.
This is one of the reasons why estimated due dates can be inaccurate.
Because the timing of ovulation, and therefore conception, varies from woman to woman.
If you’d like to try and work out your estimated due date, check out BellyBelly’s due date calculator.
Trying To Conceive
You won’t be experiencing any pregnancy symptoms just yet.
In fact, you need to be watching 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 to look like egg white – clear, thin and stringy. This helps sperm travel more easily to the egg.
- Heightened sex drive: the hormones connected to 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. Particularly as the human ovum doesn’t last long if it’s not fertilised.
- Increased sense of smell: another interesting way nature encourages reproduction. Around ovulation you become sensitive to musky scents and male pheromones.
- Cervical changes: If you check your cervix fr fertile signs, you will notice it becomes higher, softer and more open.
2 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
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 release of the egg. It’s similar to a home pregnancy test as you test your urine.
An unfertilised egg will only survive for around 24 hours after being released.
While sperm can survive for around 72 hours – healthy sperm in the right environment can survive up to 7 days!
Timing is pretty important so aim to have sex sometime between 3 days before and a day after ovulation.
Maximise your chances of becoming pregnant by knowing which sex positions can encourage egg-meet-sperm.
Every month your chance of becoming pregnant is about 20%.
About 90% of fertile couples will achieve a pregnancy within 12 months.
So if it doesn’t happen this month, it’s still possible next month.
2 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
Fertilisation usually occurs within 12 hours of ovulation. The fertilised egg begins its journey to your uterus to implant and become your baby.
So if you know when you ovulated, you can be quite accurate with the date of conception.
This can give a better idea of your pregnancy due date.
Bearing in mind that 280 days is the average length of gestation.
Very few babies are actually born on their estimated due date! In fact only around 3-5% are born on their due date.
So, when you’re 2 weeks pregnant, you’re not quite pregnant just yet! But don’t worry, you almost are!
Now is definitely the time to make sure you’re taking a good quality prenatal vitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid in it. Stop drinking alcohol and limit your exposure to toxins.
A nutritious, well balanced diet and exercise are a good way to help you enter early pregnancy as healthy as you can be.
You can keep alert for any pregnancy signs in the next few weeks.
As you approach your fertile period, here are some articles which may be helpful right now: