Weeks 1 and 2 of Pregnancy
Your Baby in Weeks 1 and 2 of Pregnancy
No, there’s no baby or even an embryo in sight (at least not yet). But in week two of pregnancy, your body is working hard to gear up for the event that paves the way for the baby: the big O — ovulation. The lining of your uterus is thickening, preparing for the arrival of a fertilized egg, while your ovarian follicles are maturing. One of those follicles will release the egg that will travel down the fallopian tube in search of Mr. Right — the lucky sperm that will turn that eager egg into a baby-in-the-making and make your body’s prep work worth all the effort.Learn more about your body gearing up to ovulate and your baby (in-the-making) in weeks one and two
Your Body in Weeks 1 and 2 of Pregnancy
Believe it or not, the countdown to delivery day begins in week one — even though your egg and his sperm haven’t even been in the same room (or womb!). So how can you call this your first week of pregnancy if you’re not even pregnant? Grab your calendar and take note: Because it’s extremely hard to pinpoint the precise moment pregnancy begins (i.e., when sperm meets egg), most practitioners use the first day of your last menstrual period (which you’re having right now) as the starting line of your 40-week pregnancy. Confused? Consider it a head start — you’re clocking in roughly two weeks of pregnancy before you even conceive!Learn more about your body in the first two weeks of pregnancy and your last menstrual period
Weeks 1 and 2 Pregnancy Tip: Impact of Heat on Fertility
Trying to make a baby? Turn off that electric blanket and keep each other warm the good, old-fashioned (and just plain good) way. Studies show that prolonged excessive heat — like that produced by electric blankets or heated waterbeds — can adversely affect those temperamental testes by slowing down sperm production (and you want sperm aplenty right now!). Plus, all that snuggling you’ll have to do to stay warm will generate a different kind of heat — the kind that can actually make babies. More ways to increase your odds of scoring a fertilized egg: Refrain from giving your partner oral sex (sorry, guys!) before the main event, since saliva can actually kill sperm…and you want them alive and kicking. Ditto for most lubricants, so lay off the Astroglide while you’re trying to conceive.
Learn more about preparing your body for pregnancy.
Weeks 1 and 2 Pregnancy Symptoms
Week 1 — Bleeding lasting five to seven days: This is the last period you’ll be having for a while. Not only will you stop having a period while you’re pregnant, but if you breastfeed your baby that will postpone your period for another few months. If you use sanitary pads, don’t toss them out — you’ll need them after you give birth to absorb the vaginal discharge and bleeding (which for the first week or so after childbirth will be similar to a heavy menstrual period).
Week 2 — Increase in amount of cervical mucus and change in its consistency: If you’ve been monitoring your mucus during these TTC months, you already know that it changes consistency from week to week. Right now your mucus is probably thick, sticky, and creamy, but as you head toward C-day (conception), the volume will increase and it’ll start to look cloudy.