The first week of pregnancy doesn’t always count because you’re not really pregnant yet. You can start counting from the first day of the last period. Assuming that you choose the right day, you will probably carry a baby for not more than 38 weeks. Things start happening in the second week though. This article explain what to expect at 2 weeks pregnant.
What Happens at 2 Weeks Pregnant
About five days into the pregnancy, hormones might start losing their balance, so you’ll experience the first changes. It’s not a general rule, so some women may not feel anything. That’s when the HCG starts moving around, so have a test around for a more appropriate result.
It’s worth noting that early pregnancy tests may still not provide the right results. If you do it too early – as in the first day after a missed period, you might get a negative result even if you’re already pregnant.
Some tests are more advanced than others though. Therefore, they may work even a few days before missing a period. They’re still unable to provide a perfectly accurate result.
Generally speaking, at this point in your pregnancy, the egg is long released. Sperm is around it, swimming around and trying to dive into it.
Pregnancy signs at two weeks
Apart from the HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) – the hormone released by the placenta, estrogen and progesterone will also be affected. The estrogen is the main female hormone, while the progesterone is a steroid hormone with a primary role in pregnancy and menstruation. All these hormones will be secreted in higher amounts.
In some women, breasts also tend to grow during the second week of pregnancy. They feel a bit heavier due to the liquid retention caused by the increase of estrogen and progesterone. Moreover, milk ducts gain in size too. If you experience any of these signs, it pays off considering a more supportive bra.
Other symptoms might include cramps and twinges too. The fertilized egg will move to a new stage now – the actual implantation. Surprisingly enough, 75% of all eggs are unsuccessful at this stage. However, the body will try its best to ensure it doesn’t fail. Even if your test is negative, give it more time and the egg might actually succeed.
How to Get Ready
Although there’s a chance you’re not pregnant, the best way to get ready implies thinking that you are pregnant. Treat your body like pregnant women treat theirs. Simply put, get rid of all kinds of unhealthy habits that might negatively influence your pregnancy. Whether you drink or smoke, this is the perfect time to quit these habits.
This is also when you determine whether or not you’re pregnant. You can opt for an early pregnancy test at this point, yet it’s better to wait a bit more to make sure, especially if these symptoms are not too obvious yet. Instead of stressing yourself and counting days, you should just start exercising for a potential pregnancy. Long baths and meditation are just as handy. What really matters is to be happy and positive about it.
As for the actual implantation, there’s not too much you can do apart from adopting a healthy lifestyle. Once the ovulation is over, the process should take around 10 days for the implantation to evolve, so give your body time.
As a short final conclusion, the second week of pregnancy is usually when things start to happen. Small signs might make a pregnancy obvious, even if the pregnancy test tells you differently. Moreover, it pays off looking for a midwife or an obstetrician – just in case. Many of them are booked early, so it’s better to start your venture as quickly as possible.
See also: 3 Weeks Pregnant: Signs and Symptoms.