The goddess of fertility finally smiled on you. Your long wait is over. The day you so patiently waited for is finally here. You’ve been trying to conceive for God knows how long. The wait has been worth it. You are now 2 weeks pregnant! But, are you really pregnant at 2 weeks? The concept of being pregnant at week 1 was a little exaggerated in your opinion. You didn’t feel pregnant at all. You had just missed your period and as usual, the probable reason could be that you are pregnant.
While the first week of pregnancy felt like a fluke, the onset of the second week has you thinking otherwise. At this point, you actually feel as if you are indeed pregnant. The hormones have set in, the signs are there though subtle, and you could swear that everything in your body screams pregnancy. You could be wrong or right pending a pregnancy test. The thing is, believe it or not, you are not really pregnant at week 2.
In essence, pregnancy is calculated on a 40 week calendar. Ordinarily, your pregnancy is supposed to last 40 weeks (This is not usually the case especially as regards emergency and premature births). Your first day of pregnancy is determined as the day after the last day of your menstrual cycle. It is therefore very difficult to tell if you are pregnant in the first or second week. Simply put, based on how your body ovulates you become pregnant on varying dates after your last menstrual cycle.
For some, they get pregnant towards the end of week 2 after their last menstrual cycle. For others, the pregnancy is positive at the beginning of week 3. Relax. This does not in any way mean that you are not pregnant. Before we look at pregnancy at 2 weeks, the signs and symptoms, how to take care of yourself and what not, it’s essential that we have an understanding of what ovulation is.
To any woman, ovulation equates fertility period. When you ovulate, you stand a high chance of conceiving. You are most fertile during ovulation. To put it in another way, the exact date you conceive is determined by your ovulation cycle. This could be between 13 and 20 days after the first day of your period depending on your cycle.
So what happens during ovulation? Ovulation occurs when an ovary releases an egg which subsequently travels to the fallopian tube. Conception occurs when that very same egg is fertilized by a sperm. For a successful conception, the egg needs to be fertilized by a sperm in optimal time. If you are having difficulties getting pregnant, you need to monitor your fertility window carefully and have intercourse with your partner at the right time.
How Can You Tell When You Are Ovulating?
Good question, right? To conceive, you need to know the exact time or dates that you are ovulating. Knowing the exact dates you are ovulating helps you put in place mechanisms to improve your chances of conception. Here are some signs that you are ovulating
- Heightened sense of smell. Some women, not all, actually become very sensitive to smell. All of a sudden, you find yourself repugnant to smells or odours you weren’t really conscious of before. When this happens, it could be an indication that you are ovulating.
- Thick cervical mucous. Is your cervical mucous thicker, cloudier, and stickier? Well, this could be an indication that you are ovulating. Changes in your cervical mucous are essentially meant to help the sperm swim with ease to the fallopian tube.
- Increased basal body temperature. During ovulation, your body temperature increases slightly. Monitor your body temperature for a couple of months and take note of when it spikes monthly. This could be the time when you are ovulating.
- Increased libido. You feel a little hornier? Well, it could be an indication you are ovulating. Some women experience high libido or sex drive during ovulation and feel sensual or rather sexually attracted towards their partners than is normal. Biologically, this is nature’s way of encouraging you to engage in intercourse at a time that you are most fertile.
Common Pregnancy Symptoms in Week 2
What signs inform you that you are pregnant in your second week of pregnancy?
- Abdominal pains
- Spotting or vaginal bleeding (This occurs as a result of the shedding of the uterine wall)
- Frequent urination
- Mood swings
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Nausea (vomiting)
- Restlessness or fatigue
- Food cravings
Will Your Pregnancy Test Appear Positive At 2 Weeks?
In the first and second week of pregnancy, you are basically not pregnant at all. During this period, your body is preparing for possible pregnancy. There is no fetus to talk about. Conception varies from one woman to the other. In light of the above, will a pregnancy test appear positive at 2 weeks?
A home test pregnancy might not return a positive result at week 2. In most cases, the home test kits return a positive result in the 4th week of pregnancy. Pregnancy tests essentially determine the presence of certain hormones in the body. It takes a number of weeks before these hormone levels rise to detectable levels. As such, it’s best to wait a few weeks down the line before you carry out a pregnancy test. You can schedule your first doctor appointment at least 8 weeks into your pregnancy.
Taking Care of Yourself at 2 Weeks of Pregnancy
While you are 50/50 on whether you are pregnant or not, you definitely need to do everything to conserve your pregnancy at 2 weeks pending a pregnancy test confirmation. Your pregnancy test could return a negative result but your body says otherwise. You are experiencing all the signs that point to you being pregnant. Your breasts are tender, your sense of smell hyper, slight crumbs, unexplained food cravings just to mention but a few. So how do you take care of yourself?
- Quit smoking and drinking. You love that stick so much that you can’t go a day without a puff? It is time to quit smoking for the sake of your unborn baby. The same applies for heavy drinking. You could take alcoholic drinks in moderation but the best course of action would be to desist from alcoholic drinks altogether during your pregnancy period.
- Eat foods rich in essential nutrients. Take folic acid supplements as well as multivitamins. Folic acid supplements are instrumental in the development of your baby and protecting it from certain defects or conditions. A proper diet cannot be wished away as your developing baby needs all the nutrients it can get.
It crossed your mind, right? You want to be sure no doubt. At 2 weeks pregnant, an ultrasound is not needed. There is no baby at this point. However, if you’ve been having problems getting pregnant, an ultrasound will be instrumental in helping your doctor measure how thick your uterine lining is. Subsequently, an ultrasound at week 2 could be instrumental in determining if your follicles are maturing in the correct way!
The safety of your pregnancy is dependent on how well you take care of yourself during the pregnancy. I believe your number one objective is having a safe pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby. Pregnancy at week 2 might seem like early in the day to take necessary precautionary measures. This is not the case. Eat right, exercise right, adopt a healthy lifestyle and seek medical advice on matters you know nothing about. The journey has just started. Week 3 will be here with you soon!