2 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
2 WEEKS PREGNANT
Trying to get pregnant? Well, get ready to get busy (bow chicka wow wow) because you should be gearing up to ovulate this week or next week.
If you’re already pregnant (congrats, Mama!) and think you got pregnant about two weeks ago, you’re probably more like four weeks pregnant. Wondering how you’d have skipped two whole weeks of pregnancy?
The answer is pretty simple.
Doctors go by the first day of your last period to determine how many weeks pregnant you are because the exact day you ovulated and conceived is hard to estimate. Using the first day of your last period provides the doctors with a more accurate calculation for dating a pregnancy.
So, if you took a pregnancy test because you missed your period, pull out your calendar and count how many weeks it’s been since your last period started.
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 2
While you won’t have any symptoms directly related to pregnancy this week (there’ll be plenty of time for that soon enough), you will begin experiencing ovulation symptoms. If you’re actively trying to get pregnant, you’ll want to watch for these symptoms to have your best chance of hitting your fertile days this month – the day you ovulate and the two days leading up to ovulation.
A regular cycle is 28 days, meaning, in a perfect world, you’d probably ovulate on day 14 or 15 of your cycle. Easy peasy, right?
Well, not quite.
The problem here – this is not a perfect world and most women don’t have perfectly regular 28-day cycles. This is what makes it so difficult to know the exact day you ovulate and very easy to miss those three fertile days each month.
But all hope isn’t lost! If you pay attention to a few clues your body will give you before you ovulate, you can still hit that fertile window and create your little bean.
At two weeks pregnant, you’re getting ready to ovulate so you may experience the following symptoms:
- Egg white cervical mucus. You’ll never look at eggs in quite the same way again. (Sorry, not sorry.) Throughout the month as your hormones change, so does the mucus in your cervix. Around the time of ovulation, cervical mucus becomes clear, thin, and stringy – just like egg whites.
- Breast tenderness. You may notice your breasts become tender or sore around the time of ovulation. This is due to a surge in hormones. Good luck sleeping on your stomach for the next several days (or for the next nine months if you successfully get pregnant).
- Increased sense of smell. If you have a weak stomach for different smells, you may want to walk around breathing through your mouth because your sense of smell could increase significantly. Some women have been known to become repelled by the smell of their significant other during ovulation (and pregnancy!), which makes it kind of hard to get close enough to do the deed. Maybe buy nose plugs, just in case.
- Abdominal discomfort. Some women experience some minor discomfort in one side of their abdomen when an egg is released from an ovary. This discomfort, which is called Mittelschmerz, is described as a slight pinching or twinge sensation.
- Spotting. During ovulation, it’s normal to sometimes have some light pink or brown spotting caused by the follicle around the egg rupturing.
- Changes in cervix. Unless you regularly check your cervix, you may not notice this symptom. Just before and during ovulation, your cervix will be higher, softer, and open slightly.
Your best bet for making sure you don’t miss your fertile days is to have sex at least every other day during week two and into week three of your cycle. Sperm can survive inside a woman for three to five days, so if you have sex every other day, there should be a nice collection of little swimmers in there ready and waiting for that egg to drop. Let the games begin!
2 WEEK BABY BUMP
At two weeks pregnant, you won’t have a baby bump because, well, you’re not pregnant yet. It could happen this week, though, so your time for a growing belly is coming!
Here are a few interesting facts about ovulation:
- Females are born with all the eggs that they’ll ever have in their lifetime. That’s right. You’ve been carrying around all those eggs with you since the day you were born.
- Once an egg is released from the ovary, it only lives for between 12 and 24 hours, waiting to be fertilized by sperm. That’s a pretty short window of time, which is why if you’re trying to conceive, you should watch for the ovulation symptoms and have sex often.
- It is possible for the ovaries to release more than one egg during ovulation. In some rare cases, multiple eggs at once. If two or more of those eggs are fertilized, fraternal twins, triplets, or even higher multiples are conceived.
2 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
You aren’t likely to have an ultrasound at two weeks pregnant, unless you’re seeing a fertility specialist. Depending on how your doctor does things, you’ll probably receive your first ultrasound somewhere between six and 12 weeks pregnant. This ultrasound will be used to more accurately date the pregnancy, meaning the doctor can determine how many weeks pregnant you are using factors such as the size of the baby.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 2 WEEKS PREGNANT?
At two weeks pregnant, there are a few things you can be doing to better increase your chances of conceiving.
- Watch for the ovulation symptoms.
- Take prenatal vitamins to give your body the necessary nutrients and vitamins to sustain a healthy pregnancy.
- Stop drinking and smoking. Stopping before you get pregnant gives your baby the best chances at being healthy.
- Have sex. Lots of sex.
- Be prepared for the possibility that you may not get pregnant this month. After all, for a healthy woman under the age of 35, the chances of successfully conceiving each month is only a whopping 20%. For women over 35, that number drops depending on the woman’s age.
Hopefully, two weeks from now, you’ll be jumping up and down in excitement after that pregnancy test turns positive. For women trying to conceive, the time between ovulation and when her next period is due is an agonizing time that is often referred to as the two-week wait. Fingers crossed that your wait ends with happy news!
- Sam C's Editorial Team