You are already 2 weeks pregnant, so what signs and symptoms should you expect now? What secrets are there in your body after ovulation? Can you increase your chances to conceive?
Second week of pregnancy is the week that comes before the actual conception. It’s at the end of the 12th-14th day of the menstrual cycle that ovulation begins. So if we look at this from the doctor’s point of view, it should be admitted that two weeks pregnancy is not pregnancy at all. On the second week an embryo is just not there. In fact, the embryo gets attached to the uterine wall only on the 3rd-4th week of pregnancy — and that’s when you can see it on ultrasound. The second week of menstrual cycle is rather understood here when the actual egg fertilization is going to happen. A mom’s body is only preparing for the big changes in the close future.
What’s happening in your body at this time
After the end of a period a female body starts getting ready for the future conception. The mature egg is already prepared for fertilization. On the second week of obstetric pregnancy or closer to its end the ovulation process begins — the very process so impatiently expected by all the women who hope to conceive as soon as possible. This is the most favorable time for conception.
However, there’s one small nuance here: it is extremely hard to define the exact time of ovulation. That’s the reason why doctors stick to the methods of the gestational age calculation.
Signs and symptoms
A woman can’t detect any signs or symptoms of her pregnancy just because the physical fertilization hasn’t taken place yet. This is a period of active ovulation and only a number of favorable circumstances may lead to the “real” conception. To cut the long story short, no pregnancy symptoms are detected on the second week.
Is it possible to increase your chances to conceive?
As you may well know, during sexual contact sperm cells get into chemical environment quite unusual to them. For at least one of them to get to the point of destination and to increase your chances to get pregnant, gynecologists recommend the following positions:
— missionary position;
— knee-elbow position (when a man is behind a woman).
Right after ejaculation it is preferable that a woman stays in lying position during 20-30 minutes. At the same time she can put a small pillow or a bolster under her hips.
What’s going on now?
Lots of changes happen in a woman’s body during the second week, and the main one is egg maturing. Just think of it: an egg contains a half of the genetic material that will be inherited by your baby. In other words, this is your personal direct contribution into everything that will constitute his appearance features, temper and intelligence.
During the entire second week of pregnancy the future mom’s egg stays in an ovary, in a small blob full of turbid liquid. This unobtrusive blob is named follicle, and its further role in initiation and development of pregnancy can’t be overstated.
The follicle keeps on accumulating liquid; it constantly grows and in a short while it starts projecting above the surface of an ovary and looks like a small bump. When the follicle membrane becomes very thin, it can’t sustain the pressure any longer and bursts. The liquid leaks out right into the abdominal cavity taking the mature egg along with it.
This is what they call ovulation.
Possible feelings at this stage
Every woman that dreams about having a baby impatiently waits for any special sensations. With this expectation she wakes up in the morning and falls asleep at night — hoping that the new day will bring her a sign that would tell her she’s pregnant. But the second week of obstetric pregnancy is the period when conception hasn’t even happened yet. It is just one of the steps on a woman’s way to it. To put it simply, the second week of pregnancy doesn’t bring any apparent unusual sensations into future mom’s life.
The sacred mystery of ovulation
Ovulation is a process that most commonly takes place in the end of the second week of obstetric pregnancy, but in case a woman’s menstrual cycle is longer than 30-31 days ovulation can start later, in the beginning of the third obstetric week.
Sometimes a real miracle happens and there are two or even more maturing eggs. In this case there is a big chance of a multiple pregnancy. For some people this is a great joy but for others multiple pregnancy is a big challenge. That’s especially true if a mom-to-be is weakened and exhausted or in case of some health issues, intensive medical supervision is required to watch over the further developments.
Right after the follicle breaks and after ovulation actually begins, the egg starts moving towards the future mom’s uterus. In abdominal cavity there is one of the ends of the fallopian tube fringed with so called chorionic villi resembling a flower with delicate thin petals. Afterwards the egg goes inside the fallopian tube covered with billions of cilia that help liquid flow in the right direction. This is where the conception usually happens. And if it does happen, you can rightfully think of this moment as the beginning of a “real” pregnancy.
Though it is still too early to talk about any signs or symptoms now, it is time for you to get mentally ready for carrying and giving birth to your child.