There are still lots of changes happening in your body at 2 weeks pregnant – even before your baby has actually been conceived.
At 2 weeks pregnant, you still haven’t quite conceived your baby.Week 1 and week 2 of
pregnancy can be confusing because of how pregnancies are dated and how due
dates are determined.
The best way for those in the medical community to accurately
determine your due date is to date pregnancies starting at the first day of
your last period. So, for about the first 2 weeks of the 40 weeks of pregnancy,
you aren’t technically pregnant quite yet.
Good news, though! Some exciting things are happening
at what would be considered 2 weeks pregnant! Your body is preparing to ovulate, which is when you will actually
conceive your baby! That makes week 2 of pregnancy the perfect time to make
sure you get plenty of intimate-time
with your partner to increase chances of conception!
Oh, and if you already know for sure that you are
pregnant, you aren’t actually 2 weeks pregnant at all. If you have already taken a pregnancy test and received a positive result,
you are more than likely 4 weeks pregnant or even further along. Many women
find out about their pregnancy at 5 weeks pregnant or even 6 weeks pregnant.
2 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Since you haven’t conceived your baby yet at 2 weeks
pregnant, your body won’t be undergoing
the changes of pregnancy yet. So, you won’t be experiencing actual
pregnancy symptoms at this point.
There are still
lots of changes happening in your body at 2 weeks pregnant – even before
your baby has actually been conceived. The main things you will be looking for regarding
2 weeks pregnant symptoms are signs of ovulation! Sometime soon, probably near
the end of week 2 of pregnancy or the beginning of week 3 of pregnancy, you
How Ovulation Works
Ovulation refers to the time when a mature egg is
released by one of your ovaries about halfway through your cycle. The average
cycle length is 28 days, so this is likely
to happen around day 14 of your cycle. That would be right at the end of
when you are 2 weeks pregnant. However, cycle length varies greatly for
different women. So, it is perfectly possible for you to ovulate before or
after day 14 of your cycle.
You are still most likely going to be ovulating at the
end of 2 weeks pregnant or the beginning of 3 weeks pregnant. The second week
of pregnancy would usually fall at the time between the end of your period and when
you ovulate. This means at 2 weeks pregnant, your body is maturing an egg on
one of your ovaries. Your body is also preparing the uterus to accept and
nurture that egg if it is fertilized.
Signs of Ovulation
If you are at the 2 weeks pregnant mark and hoping
that you will conceive your baby during this cycle, looking for signs of
ovulation can be very helpful. Knowing the signs of ovulation will help you to
best predict ovulation and therefore increase your chances of conceiving.
It might sound a bit gross at first, but it is
completely normal and natural. All women produce cervical mucus. Throughout
your cycle, your cervical mucus changes. If you are careful to pay attention
and possibly even track these changes, you
are likely to be able to use your cervical mucus as a sign of ovulation
Every woman is different and will have different
experiences with the signs of ovulation, including changes in cervical mucus. Generally,
you can expect to have what is often referred to as “egg-white” cervical mucus
shortly before and during ovulation. It is called “egg white” cervical mucus
because it is very similar to raw egg
whites in appearance and consistency. It will probably be clear, but
possibly streaked. The cervical mucus is also going to be wetter than usual and
probably very stretchy and slippery.
2. Increase in
Basal Body Temperature
Tracking your basal body temperature can be a great
way to help you recognize when ovulation occurs. Basal body temperature is simply your body temperature when you are at
rest. To best measure this, check your temperature when you wake up each
morning before you do anything. It can actually be a great idea to just keep a
thermometer by your bed and check your temperature before you even get out of
Keep track of your basal body temperature and you
should see that it is usually very consistent. Right before ovulation, there
may be a very slight decrease in body basal temperature. Then, right after ovulation, you should see a
sharp increase in your basal body temperature. Once you see this, it means
that you have ovulated and have around 12-24 hours during which the released
egg can be fertilized.
Something else that will change with ovulation is your
cervix. Your cervix is the opening of your uterus that connects the uterus to
the vagina. For most of your cycle, your cervix will remain fairly low in your
vagina and feel hard to the touch – it may feel similar to touching your nose,
for example. Then, as you approach
ovulation, your cervix will rise higher, soften, open up, and become moister.
Feeling your cervix at this point in your cycle would be more similar to
touching your lips.
When your cervix is high, soft, and open is your most
fertile time. Shortly after ovulation, your cervix will drop back down, and
firm back up. Tracking these changes in your cervix throughout your cycle can
help you predict your most fertile time and increase your chances of getting
pregnant. To check your cervix, find a comfortable position like sitting on the
toilet or standing with one leg raised on the toilet or bath tub edge. Make
sure you are consistent with the position you choose to best notice changes in
It’s important to always
wash your hands before checking your cervix as you don’t want to increase
your risk of infection. You can use either one or two fingers and insert them
into your vagina to feel for your cervix. You should find it at the top of your
vagina. Gently feel for its position and firmness and keep track of this. As
you begin regularly checking your cervix, you will start to be more aware of
the changes that occur throughout your cycle and get better at predicting your
4. Heightened Sex
It isn’t surprising that as ovulation nears, your sex
drive is likely to increase. Not all women experience this increase in libido
before ovulation, but many do. So, around what would be considered 2 weeks
pregnant, you may be suddenly more
attracted to your partner. If you feel like doing some baby making, go for
it! Frequent sex during this part of your cycle will definitely increase your
chances of conceiving.
Signs and Symptoms
The previously mentioned signs of ovulation are the
most consistent and common tell-tale signs of ovulation that you can be on the
look-out for. However, there are a few more things that you might want to be
aware of as well. While these ovulation symptoms are not as common or
consistent with different women and different cycles, they are still something
you may experience around the 2 weeks pregnant mark:
sense of smell – Some women experience heightened
smell as their body primes them to be more aware of male hormones.
Sore or tender
breasts – Increase flow of hormones around
ovulation can cause sore or tender breasts.
short-lived spotting – When the egg is released, a
small amount of blood may be discharged.
pain – Some women actually feel ovulation as a
slight amount of pain on one side of their pelvis (tell your medical care
provider if you experience severe or consistent pelvic pain).
2 Weeks Pregnant Baby Size
So far, your baby still isn’t around. At 2 weeks pregnant, what will become your
baby is still just an egg cell waiting to be released during ovulation and
hopefully fertilized. Around this time in your cycle, the egg destined to
become your bub is maturing in what is called a follicle on your ovary. This
follicle is around 3 to 4 mm in diameter.
2 Weeks Pregnant Baby Development
Since your baby hasn’t officially been conceived at 2
weeks pregnant, there isn’t much to talk
about in ways of baby development. Of course, the egg cell that will
hopefully soon be fertilized and become your baby is undergoing some
interesting changes. Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have in
their lifetime, but they aren’t mature eggs.
In other words, all of the eggs in your ovaries are
not ready to be fertilized. At 2 weeks pregnant, you are at the point in your
cycle where several eggs have begun the
process of maturation in follicles on your ovaries. Before they are fully
matured, your body will choose one (or occasionally two) eggs to finish
maturing and then release during ovulation. Once ovulation and hopefully fertilization
occurs, development will pick up very quickly and there will be a lot more to
2 Weeks Pregnant Belly Size
Talking about your belly size and changing body during
pregnancy is certainly very exciting, but at 2 weeks pregnant, there just isn’t any belly growing
happening yet. At this point, you are still in a typical menstrual cycle.
Since conception has not occurred yet, your uterus has not received the signal
to start growing. Don’t worry, though, once your belly does start growing, it
will happen quickly!
2 Weeks Pregnant Tests
If you have been having sex in preparation for
ovulation this week, it can be hard to hold off on pregnancy tests. Trying to
conceive a baby is super exciting and you are probably tempted to go ahead and
start testing to see if you have been successful. Try to hold off for now,
though. Even once conception has officially occurred, it takes some time for
your newly formed embryo to actually implant in the uterus.
Until this implantation of the embryo in the uterus
occurs, your body won’t start creating the pregnancy hormone Human chorionic
gonadotropin, commonly known as hCG. This is the hormone that pregnancy tests
are designed to test for in detecting pregnancy. So, the absolute earliest you would get a positive pregnancy test result
would be around 3 weeks pregnant.
Even though it’s too early for a
pregnancy test, now is a great time to
test for ovulation. Ovulation should be occurring around the end of week 2
of pregnancy or the beginning of week 3 of pregnancy. So, starting to test for
ovulation now is a good way to make sure you don’t miss it. Ovulation tests
checks for the presence of Luteinizing Hormone, often called LH. A surge of LH
is what triggers ovulation.
Other Ways to Detect Early Pregnancy
Once you know for sure that ovulation has occurred, it
may still be too early to take a pregnancy test, but there are other possible
ways to help determine if your attempts at conception have been successful.
Think back to the signs of ovulation. The
same changes in your body that signal you that ovulation is nearing can also be
a potential sign of conception.
temperature – After ovulation, your basal body
temperature is likely to remain elevated if conception has occurred.
changes – Instead of firming up and lowering after
ovulation, your cervix is likely to remain high and soft if your egg has been fertilized.
Cervical mucus – In early pregnancy, cervical mucus is likely to become very thick
and possibly a more creamy colour.
Keep in mind that while it can be fun to use these
signs to try to guess if you were successful in conception, that they are not full-proof ways of testing for
pregnancy. Waiting until you would be around the 4 weeks pregnant mark and
taking a pregnancy test is the best way to see if you are actually pregnant.
2 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
At 2 weeks pregnant, you are still extremely unlikely to have an ultrasound
for any reason. Your baby has yet to be conceived. Plus, it will actually still
be several weeks before you can start to see anything on the ultrasound. Right
now, even if ovulation and fertilization are occurring, everything is too small to be noticeable with ultrasound.
2 Weeks Pregnant Checklist
At 2 weeks pregnant, you may not actually be pregnant
quite yet, but things are getting more exciting and you are very close to conception! Even at this early stage, there
are some important things you can do to help increase chances of conception as
well as prepare your body for the tiny bub you will hopefully make very soon!
Continue taking a prenatal vitamin, or start if you
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