You are still not pregnant! Well not technically. But the fertilization of your egg by the sperm is about to happen. Your uterine lining, which will nourish the baby and your body secretes follicle-stimulating hormones, which stimulates an egg to mature.
So what exactly is happening at this stage then?
If you have a regular 28-day cycle, you will be at the midpoint of your menstrual cycle, which is approximately day 14. This is the time you will be ovulating. So one of your of eggs released into the fallopian tube. If you have sexual intercourse without protection around this time, you can become pregnant.
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So what’s the best position to conceive a baby? Missionary style is considered to be the best as it facilities the sperm to get closer to the cervix inside the vagina. If a lucky sperm has met with the egg, good news is just round the corner. But there are no pregnancy symptoms just yet.
Even though you may not feel that you’re pregnant, your baby is already growing and developing inside you!
The beginnings of a new life – here’s how it happens
It is technically now the second week of pregnancy and your fertilized egg is now scientifically called a zygote.About thirty hours after fertilization, the egg divides into two cells, then four, then eight, and continues to divide as it moves from the fallopian tube to the uterus. By the time it reaches the uterus, this group of cells becomes a tiny ball called the morula.
The morula becomes hollow and fills with fluid – it is then known as a blastocyst. Near the end of this week, the blastocyst will attach itself to the lining of the uterus called the endometrium. The endometrium will provide the developing embryo with nutrients and remove wastes. In time, this attachment or connection develops into the placenta.
Your baby at Week 2
At 2 weeks pregnant, you baby is just a ball of cells. It has an inner cell mass which will develop into the embryo, a fluid-filled cavity which will become the amniotic sac, and an outer cell mass grows into the placenta.
Pregnancy symptoms at Week 2?
Though it’s quite early to feel any body changes, there are a few women who can exhibit pregnancy symptoms. If you’re one of them, you can look out for some of the earliest pregnancy symptoms which include:
- Tingling sensation in the breasts which happens due to increased blood supply.
- Increased discharge
- Spotting or bleeding – when your period is just around the corner.
Your baby’s sex is already is established at this stage!
Hard to believe? But it’s true! At two weeks pregnant, the sex of your baby would have been determined. If the sperm that has fertilized your egg is carrying a Y chromosome, it’s a boy and if it’s carrying an X chromosome, a bonnie girl is on the way!
Is this a good time to do a pregnancy test?
Well if you have spotted any of the above symptoms, you’ll probably be dying to do a pregnancy test.
Most pregnancy tests don’t show accurate results at this stage.
Since a missed period is one of the most reliable pregnancy symptoms, it may be a good idea to p wait it out until a week after you period is due.
• Even if you haven’t done a pregnancy test to confirm a positive pregnancy, it’s important that you get all the right vitamins and minerals.
• You could consider taking a multivitamin for yourself and Folic Acid to protect your baby from birth defects.
• Now is also the time to start eating healthy. So pile up your plates with nutrient rich foods and fruits.
For your male partner
If your partner is in the habit of smoking, now is definitely the time to kick the habit. This will make a world of difference to you as well as your baby. Passive smoking can affect pregnancy.
Tip for Pregnancy Week 2
Tempted to do pregnancy test? Well, it may be a good idea to wait until a week after your expected period. This stage may not give you accurate results.