So… it is time! Whether this is the very first time you will try to get pregnant or the 21st time – this is it! During this 2nd week of pregnancy, romance (or at least making love) should your priority if you want to conceive. Most women ovulate around 14 days after the first day of their last period, which should be at some point in the second half of this week or so.
To maximize your chances of conception, you should make love the days before as well as on the actual day of ovulation. Learn about the signs of ovulation here.
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Your Baby’s Development
Being what is defined as 2 weeks pregnant is an exciting time. Now is when you can maximize your chances to conceive! During this crucial period, your uterine lining is thickening in order to receive the fertilized egg! If you do get pregnant, the picture to the left shows what your baby-to-be will look like three days after conception.
It will be important for you to be aware of all your family’s medical history to prepare yourself and any caregivers for any health concerns related to you and your baby. Preventative measures work best when examined by knowledgeable medical staff that will be administering care to you and your baby during the next 40 weeks and beyond.
One in approximately 89 pregnancies will result in 2 (or more!) eggs being released for fertilization, so you may know sooner than later that you are the parent of multiples. If this is the case for you, then you will need specialized attention during the course of your pregnancy.
Only one chromosome carried in the sperm and one from the egg will determine right from the start if you will have a boy or a girl. Essentially a Y chromosome will produce a boy while an X chromosome will reap a girl for you in the coming months. There is, however, research indicating that you can affect your chances to conceive a girl or a boy naturally. Read more about it here.
No matter what you will end up with, you and those around you are sure to love the new addition to the family without question.
The picture below shows a normal menstrual cycle. 2 weeks pregnant, you are now right in the middle of the timeline, where all the action occurs. Your egg is released, several hormones spike and your basal body temperature will rise sharply. All within 12-24 hours!
As you can see, temperature charting is not the best way to keep track of ovulation, since the temperature rise actually happens at and after ovulation – when your chance this month to conceive has already passed. Instead, learn about other important ovulation symptoms here.
As your body gets ready to nourish the new addition, your uterine lining is developing while secreting follicle-stimulating hormones that stimulate the egg to mature. The entire process of fertilization can take anywhere from 12-24 hours in total, which may seem like a very short time for such a blessed event to occur.
Out of the 250 million sperms that are released for fertilization to occur, only approximately 400 will survive the ten-hour journey it takes to reach your egg. Only one lucky sperm will be able to burrow its way through the outer membrane in about 20 minutes to reach the egg to complete the fertilization process.
There are many theories as to how to productively conceive, from staying lying down after ejaculation or even the different positions in order to optimize traveling for sperm. Many of these theories are just that -theories- and have not been proven medically to enhance the conception at all, but others swear by them.
Keeping in touch with your health care provider is a good measure when beginning the process of pregnancy in order to monitor your cycles, as well as the timing. This can help you conceive faster than if you were to try on your own without any guidance. At least get yourself a convenient ovulation predictor, to boost your chances of getting pregnant. (Link to Amazon)
Bear in mind that proper nutrition, exercise and abstaining from harmful substances such as alcohol and drugs will dramatically increase your chances of conceiving a healthy baby in the end. Make sure you take all the proper vitamins too.
Defined as 2 weeks pregnant, you may feel a little overwhelmed with all the information you are receiving regarding conception and the beginning of gestation, but do not worry. Just make love, avoid any drugs and take your prenatal vitamins! 🙂
Week 2 Video
Diary of a Daughter
But it’s been a long time now, trying to conceive and it is so difficult to stay positive.
Do you believe you might be 2 weeks pregnant? Please share your experiences and thoughts by leaving a comment below!
More about Early Pregnancy
MayoClinic (2011), Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008) The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
Nilsson, L; Hamberger, L. (2004) A Child Is Born.
Soderberg, L. (2010) Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.
Image: Image of embryo after conception thanks to the Science Museum