What Are my Pregnancy Symptoms at 2 Weeks?
Did you know that during the first two weeks of your pregnancy you’re not actually pregnant at all? It’s true! Because it’s nearly impossible to know the exact moment of conception, the first two weeks help to establish a pregnancy baseline. The tell-tale symptoms of pregnancy won’t be visiting for another few weeks. In the very early weeks of your pregnancy your body is preparing for the potential of pregnancy; your body follows its natural cycle of ovulation. It isn’t until the third week that your body becomes host to a fertilized egg and begins preparing for your baby. So what actually happens during the first two weeks? Read on.
Doctors calculate week one based on your last menstrual period; officially this means that during the first week of your pregnancy you’re not actually pregnant. Because it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint when conception occurs, doctors use the last menstrual cycle and count forwards. Rejoice! This will be the last period for the next nine months. And, if you breastfeed, you’re likely to delay the reappearance of your period even longer.
If you’re in tune with your body, you may notice changes in your cervical mucus. It’s likely to change both in volume and consistency. As your body recognizes its approaching ovulation cycle, it will begin producing thicker, creamier mucus. Gross but true. After your period, approximately 14 days or so, your body ovulates. This means that your follicles, where your ova (or egg) resides, release an egg and it begins its journey down the fallopian tube. After this journey it may meet a sperm and become fertilized. After fertilization, the egg then travels into the uterus. It’s important to understand your own particular ovulation cycle. Although most women ovulate every 28 days, some women may ovulate every 30, which can throw off the calculation as to when you’d be most fertile.
If you’re considering getting pregnant, it’s a good idea to track your cycle for several months in order to best pinpoint your most fertile timeframe. During this tracking period you should also be taking folic acid. Taking folic acid prior to conception can significantly reduce a variety of serious birth defects such as spina bifida. Although folic acid is naturally found in foods, taking a supplement form ensures that you’ll be meeting the recommended daily requirement for pre-conception.
Regarding your pregnancy symptoms at 2 weeks, you won’t notice any changes in your body. At this point you’re not actually pregnant; the sperm hasn’t found the egg yet. Week three is when conception occurs and cells begin multiplying. Be wary of any pregnancy tests claiming to be able to provide positive proof of pregnancy during the first week; it just isn’t possible. However, scientific advances have created pregnancy tests that can confirm pregnancies much earlier than in previous decades. A quality home pregnancy test can now accurately determine pregnancy within a week of a missed period (approximately two weeks after conception).