How do you know you're pregnant? During the second week of pregnancy, no significant symptoms are occurring. At this point, the fertilized egg is just being implanted, which often results in mild stomach pain and light bleeding.
Early signs of pregnancy first 2 weeks are very similar, such as:
The second week of pregnancy comes with a world of physical changes. Your body is producing plenty of pregnancy hormones, and your little one is developing rapidly. Moreover, the uterus is increasing its production of endometrium, thus providing a healthy environment for your baby to develop.
At this point, your period is also late. Because of how pregnancy is calculated, you are considered one month pregnant already, so you’ve got just eight months left until your baby is born. Since your doctor can’t predict when you conceived, she/he will calculate the start of your pregnancy back from the first day of your last period.
However, they won’t be significant, and many women do not experience them. You can expect stomach cramps that can range from very light to very painful, light bleeding(known as implantation bleeding), and an increased amount of vaginal discharge (leucorrhea).
Your Baby at 2 Weeks
The fertilized egg starts dividing into multiple cells, leaving the fallopian tube and entering the uterus about 3-4 days after fertilization. Sometimes, the fertilized egg may not leave the uterus, developing into the fallopian tube — a condition known as tubal or ectopic pregnancy. Once in the uterus, the egg attaches to the lining of the uterus named endometrium. Here it continues to divide into many cells. The egg, now called an embryo, consists of 150 cells that divide into three separate layers:
1. Layer 1 — Known as the endoderm or endoblast, the internal layer becomes the digestive system and respiratory tract, and it consists of glands such as the liver, thymus, thyroid and pancreas.
2. Layer 2 — The middle layer (mesoderm) becomes the bones, cartilages, inner skin layer, muscles, excretory system and outer covering.
3. Layer 3 — The ectoderm or ectoblast, which is the external layer of the embryo, becomes the brain, the nervous system, and the epidermis (with the baby’s skin, nails and hair).
If the first week of pregnancy allowed for the occasional glass of wine with dinner, or a few cigarettes a day, the second week is the prime time to give up any negative habits in your life to avoid any potential impact on your baby’s development. If you’ve been smoking or drinking, quit right away.
Also, if you haven’t switched to a healthier diet yet, then it’s the time to do just that. Talk to your doctor about the best diet plan for you, and get professional advice from a nutritionist or dietitian.
If you haven’t already, start taking a folic acid supplement, along with a vitamin supplement. If the amount of discharge is bothering you, consider using sanitary pads. Avoid tampons and panty liners, because they will interfere with the vagina’s naturally acidic environment, and may cause infections that will affect your baby’s growth.
Aim for 30 minutes of exercise 4—5 times a week. Pregnancy can be a stressful period in your life, and may build up lots of worries and concerns — and trust us, nobody likes a cranky mommy-to-be. Exercising helps release endorphins, and helps with improving your mood.
Another option is finding a hobby and indulging yourself in it when possible. If nothing seems to be helping, get some days off work, and spend quality time with yourself.