2 Weeks Pregnant
The transition to pregnancy
2 weeks pregnant:
eggEggOne egg is typically released during ovulation in each cycle, and this month's egg is almost ready to leave the follicle and enter the fallopian tube.
fallopian tubeFallopian tubeThe fallopian tube will be the site of fertilization. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fallopian tube is also the site of implantation.
What's happening with you:
Well, you're not actually pregnant yet, so there won't be any signs of pregnancy in the first two weeks. Since it's easier to date your pregnancy from the first day of your last period (which was last week) than it is from the exact date of conception, week 2 marks your transition into pregnancy rather than the second week of your baby's life. In fact, at the start of week 2 your egg is still ripening, and it will be released at the end of the week (or about 2 weeks before the beginning of your next period). Since ovulation will occur this week, you can expect to experience the same symptoms as you did when you ovulated last month.
What's happening with your baby:
Although, for all practical purposes, your doctor will count this as your second week of pregnancy, this is the last week that your body will be only your body. Around this time next week, your egg will be fertilized and you will have the beginnings of a new life inside of you, a tiny embryo that will feed, grow and develop within your body for the next 38 weeks or so.
Things to do this week:
Aside from choosing a doctor to accompany you through your pregnancy, this is the time to address your lifestyle, diet and habits. Give up smoking, stop drinking alcohol, cut down on caffeine and begin to add an additional 300 calories to your diet each day.
Remember that the quality of your additional calories matters -- fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains provide the most bang for your buck when it comes to pregnancy nutrition. Invest in a few healthy cookbooks for pregnancy to beef up your culinary repertoire and experiment with various fresh herbs and spices (but only those that have been cleared by your healthcare provider) to make meals flavorful without resorting to salt and butter. Plus, starting a healthy eating routine now will make it easier to fight off some of the more unwelcome pregnancy symptoms that may be heading your way, like morning sickness, cravings and fatigue.
Prenatal care is at the top of your list, and right now your doctor is at the head of that department. Whether getting pregnant has been a priority for some time or you still have some concerns about pregnancy, find a doctor or healthcare provider that's right for you before you conceive so that you're ahead of the game.
When it comes to medical care, you have quite a few choices, and the professional that's right for you will depend on several factors. Does your pregnancy fall into the high-risk category? If so, you may need to find a perinatologist, or obstetrician who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Some women who experience uncomplicated pregnancies prefer to go with a certified nurse-midwife, who can provide more attentive care in a familiar setting. Still others tend to trust their family doctor to preside over everything from early pregnancy checkups to the delivery to pediatric care. A good place to start is with your local medical society -- ask for references to pregnancy professionals who are taking new patients.
Tips for your partner:
Breathe. There is a lot to learn about parenthood, sure, but you have time to learn it. Try to deal with what's directly in front of you -- a woman who's excited and nervous and in need of hugs, an opportunity to make positive changes to your lifestyle and an entirely new feeling of anticipation. Consolation and reassurance are your most important duties right now, and will be for the next few weeks. Oh, and if you're attempting to conceive naturally, you have a pretty important role to play in the bedroom this week, too.
This week's FAQs:
How early can over-the-counter pregnancy tests return accurate results?
While 2 weeks pregnant is obviously too early to test, many over-the-counter test kits can indicate pregnancy as early as 10 days after conception. Of course, the further into your pregnancy, the more hCG (or human chorionic gonadotropin) your body produces and the more accurate an at-home pregnancy test will be. This means that if you do decide to take a test before your next period is due, don't be swayed by the result -- inaccuracies are not uncommon, and you may get a different result if you take another test in a week or so.
How can I tell when I'm about to ovulate?
Every woman has a unique cycle, and even though many ovulate around day 14, many others will ovulate a little sooner or a bit later. If your period is fairly regular, you can use an ovulation calendar to figure out when your best chances for conception are. If you have a hard time predicting the arrival of your period, try out a few different ovulation tests to determine your most fertile days.
Keep in mind that ovulation cannot be predicted all the time -- in some months, you'll ovulate a little earlier or later than expected, or you may not ovulate at all. For a regular 28 day cycle, the most fertile time is between day 10 and day 18, so keep an eye out for ovulation signs and symptoms during these days.
What should I look for in a doctor or midwife?
Deciding on where to give birth is just one step to finding the right medical help. From a team of doctors to a midwife and doula, choosing the childbirth professionals that will be by your side through the next nine months rests as much on your own personality as their particular credentials. First ask yourself how much control you are willing to give up: if you're determined to call all the shots during labor and childbirth, you'll want to explore less traditional medical options, but if you're prepared to hand the reins to a doctor to ensure a safe delivery, look into a conventional obstetrician.
Once you decide on the type of healthcare professional you would like, draft a list of questions for the interview. Interviewing a doctor or midwife is a crucial part of the process, as this is your chance to see if your personalities will mesh and to make sure they can accommodate your requests. The more questions you have for them, the better -- it's easier to make an informed decision when you've gathered a good deal of information.
Did you know that only 1 out of 20 women will deliver on her due date? With an exact due date in your mind, you may get anxious as the day approaches -- or when it passes and your bun is still in the oven! This leads some experts to assign a "due week" instead of a "due day", which relieves some of the expectation and anxiety that comes with such a small window. In any case, try not to get too attached to the specific date and remind yourself that babies tend to operate on their own schedules, not your doctor's.