-The Journey of the Egg Starts

When you are 2 weeks pregnant, the uterus is ready to form a blood rich lining, known as endometrium which is getting ready to receive the egg implantation.

According to the doctors this is the decisive moment when the changes start inside the egg. If you are pregnant this is the time when your body becomes aware of the important changes happening inside it.

Rest is mandatory

Doctors recommend rest during this period and this comes as an explanation why you feel sleepier than usual. The hormones make you more sensitive to light, noise and events happening around you.

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Most women realize their pregnancy when they are 2 weeks pregnant; and are surprised of the fact when their 1 week pregnancy is already over

Pregnancy tests may be tricky

For a lot of women, the results of a home pregnancy test may not actually show that they are pregnant.

This happens because the HCG levels will take about 8 to 10 more days to show up as positive results in the test. So if you want to be sure you can ask your doctor for a blood test.

All this being said if you are in week 2 of pregnancy, here is what you need to know:

Pregnancy week 2 symptoms and physical changes that occur in your body

During the second week of pregnancy, the lining of the uterus will thicken becoming rich in nutrients, and due to this, the uterus turns into the place where your baby will get all the nourishment. A hormone secreted in your body, called follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) stimulates the egg to mature

Mood swings and sexual appetite

You will feel more tired, feel breathless, and in some cases extremely interested in sex because during this week more estrogen and progesterone are released. You may feel restless and moody, cry easily and experience contradictory feelings.

Implantation spotting

You might also experience implantation bleeding when you are 2 weeks pregnant. This happens because of the implantation of the fertilized egg in your uterus’ lining. This process can cause a small discharge of pinkish brown color which cannot be considered a blood flow similar to the menstruation. If this happens you don’t need to panic but if pain is present more than 48 hours, you must consult your doctor.

Breast tenderness and trips to the bathroom

Your breasts are little swollen and tender and you feel the urge to urinate more frequently. These are the common 2 weeks pregnant symptoms. During this week, your body produces large amounts of Beta-HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). Keep in mind that these signs show you it is a good time to make an appointment with an obstetrician for positive confirmation.

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Care you need to take when you are 2 weeks pregnant

Make every effort to make your pregnancy as healthy as possible. Tobacco, alcohol, recreational drugs, and caffeine consumption should be avoided. Also avoid exposure to extremely stressful events, loud noises, extreme heat or cold. You may also want to get tests performed at blood work lab locations to ensure you are healthy.

 At this stage you are the one responsible for the health and well-being of the new life growing inside you. You and your activities in the coming 9 months will decide on how healthy your baby will be.

Risks in week 2 pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy

Be careful in 2nd week of pregnancy as there is a chance for ectopic pregnancy to occur. An ectopic pregnancy may not be detected for many weeks – sometimes up to 16 weeks. If detected early, it can be handled without any invasive surgery. Remember that only an obstetrician can decide on the matter so make sure you have a consult as soon as you find out you are pregnant

Chance of twins

Also during this week there is a chance that fraternal or identical twins may develop. More than one fertilized egg results in fraternal twins. If a single egg splits into two parts and starts growing separately, then there are chances of you giving birth to identical twins.

In spite of the fact that you may not feel the important changes happening inside you, you must be aware that the baby is extremely susceptible to harm during this week. Inside you the dividing cells suffer important chemical changes and this is why you must be very careful about your activity and nutrition.

Changes that occur in the fetus when you are in 2nd week of pregnancy

Your 2 week fetus is actually working overtime and the cells are multiplying rapidly. The chromosomes are deciding the sex of the baby and the fecundated egg is currently hosting 150 cells.

Layers of cells with decisive purpose

When you are 2 weeks pregnant these cells will spread in 3 separate layers each developing for a special purpose.

The internal layer of cells is called endoderm or endoblast. This is the layer responsible for the respiratory and digestive systems of the baby. Along them from this layer, the baby will develop the most important glands: the pancreas, the liver, the thymus and the thyroid.

The middle layer of the egg is called mesoderm. From its division the baby will develop the respiratory system and also the bones and cartilage. This layer is responsible for the inner dermis, the heart and the blood vessels, the muscles, loins and genitalia and also the membrane which will cover the baby’s organs.

The outer layer of the egg called ectoderm or ectoblast will grow into the baby’s nervous system. This layer will become the baby’s brains and also from the same layer the baby will grow the epidermis – the hair, the skin and the nails.

At the beginning of the second week pregnancy the egg floats freely inside the uterus being protected by the nutrients and chemical balance created by the uterus lining.

Egg implantation and the yolk sac

Around the 14 day of pregnancy the egg will implant in the uterus lining. The site where your embryo is implanted onto the uterus will eventually develop into the ‘placenta’. The umbilical cord is partly functioning and starts being visible, but it will still take many weeks to start functioning as it should be.

The embryo and the amniotic fluid, both are placed together in something called a ‘yolk sac’. This amniotic fluid protects your baby and provides it the required nourishment.

Your decisions may influence baby’s health

When you are 2 weeks pregnant, it is a good idea for you to start taking things easy and prepare for the bundle of joy to come. If you received the doctor’s confirmation, make sure that you focus on the next steps. Your baby might be just 1, 2 mm but this is the time when you can decide how healthy it will be.

Want to know what happens next week? Here’s what to expect when you are 3 weeks pregnant.

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