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? There's an easy explanation.
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 fertilized.
- 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 fertilized within 12 to 24 hours.
- At this point, your egg is 1/200 of an inch — 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 — estrogen and progesterone — cause your body temperature to increase very slightly. You can track this with a basal body thermometer.
- Occasionally during ovulation, the ovary produces more than one egg, which can result in fraternal (nonidentical) twins, triplets, or more, if multiple eggs are fertilized.
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, which you can detect on a basal body thermometer.
- Check for any change in cervical mucus. At two weeks pregnant, you might notice an increase in mucus that could be white or cloudy. It’s totally normal, but speak with your doctor if you’re concerned.
You could simplify the process with an over-the-counter ovulation predictor kit.
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 moderation.
What Is a Prenatal Vitamin?
Prenatal vitamins offer a great way to ensure you're getting all of the nutrition you and your baby will need. Though similar to adult multivitamins, prenatal vitamins often contain levels of vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid and iron, specifically modified to meet the needs of pregnant women. If you prefer to get your additional vitamins and minerals in a food form, consider a maternal milk supplement to support your regular wholesome diet.
- 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 pounds after delivery.