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Week 2

During the second week of pregnancy, you are not officially pregnant, it’s just that the doctors count the pregnancy immediately after the first day of your last menstrual period. However, during this stage, the body starts undergoing some changes in order to prepare it for your pregnancy journey. The hormonal levels get triggered during this stage and the body prepares itself to enter the ovulation phase. The egg starts maturing and enters the fallopian tube at the end of the second week. After this stage, the ovulation phase occurs which then enters the period of conception.

The size, weight & height of the baby:

The most commonly asked question by mothers is “how big the baby at this stage?” However, as there isn’t any embryo or baby yet, it’s too early to measure any size, weight or height of your baby.

About your baby:

As there’s no embryo, your body’s hormonal levels are triggering and preparing for conception. These hormones include follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and estrogen. They enhance the maturation of the egg and release it for conception. At the second week, your baby is usually conceived when the egg reaches the fallopian tube and stays there for 16 to 24 hours. From there, the egg also receives the chromosomes from you and your spouse to form your baby’s genes. After 24 hours of conception, the fertilised zygote or egg divides to form multiple cells in order to reach the fallopian tube.

About your body:

As it is very early to identify major changes in you, the prominent sign present during this stage is that the mother is ready for ovulation. The most common symptoms during the ovulation stage include increased basal body temperature, altered cervical mucus which appears thin, stretchy or egg-like. You’ll also experience enhanced smell sense with breast tenderness, abdominal pain, slight spotting, enhanced tenderness of breasts and increased libido.

Do & Don’ts:

  • Track your menstrual cycle
  • Get an ovulation test
  • Evaluate your cervical mucus
  • Start taking prenatal vitamins
  • Start to adopt a balanced and healthy lifestyle by performing exercises regularly, eating a balanced diet and maintain hydration
  • Get restful sleep
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