It is week 2 of pregnancy of your 40-week pregnancy journey. You are not yet actually pregnant but you are looking forward to ovulating at this stage. If you missed your periods recently, you are probably four weeks pregnant already. You can skip to week 4 if you want to track your pregnancy after conceiving.
A couple of hormones trigger monthly changes in the body which makes the woman ready for a possible pregnancy. During this period, you must have already completed your last menstrual cycle and your uterus is already preparing for the next cycle.
Read this article to know more about how week 2 of pregnancy looks like. A woman is typically ready to ovulate in the second week if she has a regular 28-day cycle, which is pretty rare.
- What does week 2 of pregnancy look like?
- 1. Cervical mucus discharge
- 2. Increased sex drive
- 3. Lower abdominal pain
- 4. Fluctuation in Basal Body Temperature
- 5. Stronger sense of smell
- Fetal development in week 2
- Self-care tips
- Your week 2 checklist
What does week 2 of pregnancy look like?
During week 2 of pregnancy, there is no pregnancy! You are most likely to complete your last menstrual cycle before conceiving. At this stage, your body is preparing itself to conceive. A new egg is already maturing inside the ovaries, ready to be released on the ovulation day.
You can expect ovulation around week 2 of pregnancy, it depends on your cycle duration. You are most likely to conceive in week 2, hence it is important to track your most fertile day by identifying your ovulation period.
The egg is maturing and ready to break free into the fallopian tube. The lining of the uterus grows thick and ready to nourish and carry a new life after conceiving. To increase your chances of getting pregnant, you need to pay attention to your body’s fertility signals and spend time getting intimate with your partner.
The changes are quite subtle during this period. The body provides signs that indicate that the ovulation period is around and you can take up chances in this time to conceive a baby.
1. Cervical mucus discharge
The mucus discharge gets stringy, like egg whites, as you near your ovulation. As you approach ovulation, the cervix becomes soft and slightly opens. It allows the sperms to survive and reach the egg when fertile. The rise in estrogen levels makes the mucus thin and clear. This is one of the clear clues that ovulation is set to happen in a few days.
2. Increased sex drive
During the ovulation period, women notice an increase in sex drive around ovulation. Hormonal changes lead to an increase in libido during the most fertile time in the menstrual cycle. Take the hint, it is nature’s way to know what to do.
3. Lower abdominal pain
This symptom is known as Mittleschmerz, named after the doctor who first documented it. It usually happens when the ovary releases a fertile egg, ready to conceive in the fallopian tube, you might feel a sharp twinge on one side of the abdomen. It doesn’t last much longer and is a result of ovulation.
The symptom may vary among women, where some might not feel the pain at all. The pelvic pain may be due to other reasons, so it is hard to conclude ovulation through this symptom.
4. Fluctuation in Basal Body Temperature
The BBT drops to its lowest during ovulation and slightly increases thereafter. Tracking BBT can be a great indicator for ovulation.
But by the time you find out the increase in BBT, it would be too late as the ovulation period would come to an end. But it can be used to determine the ovulation period in the coming menstrual cycles.
5. Stronger sense of smell
Due to the hormonal changes during ovulation, some women notice heightened smelling senses during this period. There is a boost inability to pick and identify scents, even if it is faint enough.
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Fetal development in week 2
It is finally the time when your body is ready for pregnancy. The ovary releases a fertile egg that needs to be fertilized within 12 to 24 hours. The sperms can live up to 6 days inside a woman’s body so, within a week of ovulation, the sperms should survive inside the body. The complex hormonal changes are preparing your body for conceiving a baby. These include estrogen, follicle-stimulating hormone.
The fetus is not formed yet. The chances of conceiving are around the end of the second week. The chromosomes combine almost immediately when the sperms meet the egg and fertilize it. Within 24 hours after the egg is fertile by the sperm, the zygote starts dividing itself into cells and travels all the way down through the fallopian tube.
But during this time, women don’t experience the classical pregnancy symptoms. But since conceiving the baby is an important and crucial part of pregnancy, the ovulation period is an important week in the course of pregnancy. After conceiving by the end of the week, you will notice slow down in digestion, causing abdominal bloating.
1. Maintain a healthy diet
It is a time period when you will notice a lot of hormonal changes in your body. Maintaining a healthy diet helps to battle down the complications and fight stress. Fulfilling the body’s nutritional requirement is important for the baby, even before conceiving. Make sure you have all the essential vitamins for pregnancy as recommended by the doctor.
2. Regular exercising
Exercises help to physically maintain the strength to deal with complications associated with pregnancy. It helps to fight stress and improves sleeping patterns and also helps to maintain a healthy weight as recommended by doctors during pregnancy.
3. Reducing stress
Blame it on hormones and the pressure of getting pregnant, you might feel low and stressed. It is important to stay optimistic and cheerful. Stress affects the fertility of the egg, which can affect the chances of getting pregnant.
Your week 2 checklist
- Have a closer look at the changes in your body and track your fertility
- Track your ovulation through symptoms or take an ovulation test
- Engage in sexual activity, as you approach the ovulation period
- Continue taking prenatal supplements- vitamins and folic acid from week 1
- Seek ways to deal with hormonal stress and imbalances
During week 2, it is all about tracking ovulation and engaging in sexual intercourse with your partner. It is one of the most crucial periods because your body is getting ready for conception, the initial mark of your pregnancy! It is a major event because this fertilized egg or zygote would turn into your baby over the course of the next 38 weeks!
Medicineplus.gov: Pregnancy | Pregnant | Prenatal Care | MedlinePlus
Womenshealth.gov: Stages of pregnancy | womenshealth.gov