“Now here is a fun fact, “Week 1 & 2 of pregnancy is not being pregnant at all!”
Duration of pregnancy is considered to be around 40 weeks and it is measured from the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). There is a gap of approximately 2 weeks between the first day of LMP and the day of ovulation. Conception occurs on the day of ovulation. Which means the actual duration of pregnancy from conception is 38 weeks and not 40!
Yet it is a standard practice to measure the duration of the pregnancy from the first day of LMP because the day of ovulation can fluctuate slightly depending on several factors. Factors like stress, hormones, diet, exercise, weather and overall health of the individual. This makes the pinpointing exact day of conception difficult. Normal pregnancies last for an average of 280 days.
First two weeks, your body is preparing itself for ovulation. Ovulation is the release of an egg/ovum from ovaries and into the fallopian tube, where it stays for next 24 hours or so. When this ovum is penetrated by a sperm, conception takes place. So during first two weeks anticipating possible conception, there are a lot of changes happening inside the womb. Firstly, since last month you did not conceive, your body starts getting rid of the unfertilized egg (ovum) and also the inner mucosal lining of the uterus. This process is called menstruation or a period.
Survival of the fittest!
Every woman is born with approximately 2 million immature follicles. Out of which every cycle, 5-7 follicles are recruited to be used, and out of those only one matures fully and it gets to release the ovum. During her fertile years, an average woman ovulates around 400 times. Means out of 2 million, only 400 gets the chance of partaking in procreation… A true survival of the fittest screening isn’t it!
Make your own bed!
During this proliferative phase, estrogen surge causes the inner lining of the uterus to become thick and lush so that fertilized ovum can easily implant and the growing fetus will be well cushioned.
General Symptoms you might face during week 1
-Cramps, back pain
General Symptoms you might face during week 2
Estrogen and testosterone surge during second week of follicular phase causes,
-Increase in energy
-Increase in Libido
Precautions to take during first two weeks of the pregnancy
-Start taking prenatal vitamins (if you haven’t already!). It should contain at least 400 mcg of Folic Acid
-Cease intake of alcohol and stop smoking to prepare for upcoming conception
-Stay hydrated, this will help your cervix produce more of fertile mucus/fluid that will help the sperms swim upwards and towards the ovum waiting inside that fallopian tube!
-Consult with your doctor and stop taking any prescription drugs that might not be flushed out of your body in time for the conception.
In any case, best advise for the first two weeks of pregnancy is not to stress about impending conception. Just stay positive, stay healthy and enjoy your intimate moments with your partner without worrying about whether or not the conception will happen!
Be You 🙂
Present content is not a medical advise nor does it substitutes for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.