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2 Weeks Pregnant: A Great Occasion For Ovulation
What’s it like?
At two weeks pregnant, you are still preconception. You may experience a few symptoms of ovulation. Common signs of ovulation include menstrual pain in your lower abdomen, lower back pain, and leg pain radiating down your legs, diarrhea, headaches, moodiness. Many women also experience increasing volumes of fertile cervical mucous. Some women notice heightened sexual desire.
What happens inside your body?
As the level of estrogen rises in your body, your body temperature will rise. Normally your body temperature is between 97.0-97.7 before ovulation and 97.7-99.0 after ovulation. This temperature rise happens during ovulation and remains within these limits for 48 hours when the ovulation peaks.
During this time, you are more likely to develop fertile cervical mucous. This is discharge that is abundant, slippery, stretchy and clear. Some women refer to this clear discharge as “Egg White” discharge and it marks the time when you are most fertile.
How different will you look?
During the week immediately before ovulation, you probably won’t look any different because you haven’t yet conceived. However, you may have premenstrual syndrome (PMS). A few studies suggest that PMS symptoms are linked to premenstrual fluctuations in a brain chemical called serotonin and increased sensitivity to the hormone progesterone. Some women find that these hormonal changes do not affect them at all, and they pass through menstruation symptom free. Others experience a number of physical and emotional changes. The most obvious symptoms are bloating or breast tenderness, mood swings, lower back pain, fatigue, headaches and insomnia.
Tips for fathers – Make great love
It might sound flakey but having great sex helps you conceive. And here’s why. When the female partner achieves orgasm, it causes the cervix to draw the sperm into the vagina. Since this suction effect helps the sperm make it quickly through the acidic environment of the vagina, it ensures that the maximum number of sperm survive and increases the chances that one will fertilize the egg. So why not start out with a romantic dinner and take it from there – this is the easy part of pregnancy!
Tips for mothers to help you get through the trimester
- Start a healthy diet: You probably won’t realize you are pregnant for the first few weeks, so it’s important to create a healthy environment for your baby as soon as possible. Following a balanced, nutritious diet will influence your baby’s health and shape their future tastes too. And to complement your nutrition, exercise. Even if you feel tired, it’s important to stay active. You should aim for at least 30 minutes of rigorous exercise at least three times per week.
- Pregnancy vitamins: You’ll also want to start taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid—a B vitamin prevents brain and neural-tube birth defects. Pregnancy vitamins typically contain folic acid, vitamins B, C, D, A, iron and calcium, although they have a number of other vitamins and minerals too. Pregnancy vitamins work best if you start to take it before you conceive and in the early days of pregnancy.
- No alcohol or smoking: Most people don’t realize it when they first become pregnant, so it’s important to get healthy right from the get go! Refrain from smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, or smoking cigarettes when you’re trying to conceive.
- Talk to your doctor: Even prescriptions may be harmful to your developing baby, so be sure to speak to your doctor when you’re ready to start a family.
The second week of pregnancy is the time when you are the most fertile. Your body will ready itself for the fertilization of the egg by releasing a number of hormones that can cause physical and psychological changes to your body. Try and stay as healthy as possible during this time to improve your chance of conception. To help, your partner may want to take the key steps to keep his sperm healthy and sperm count high to maximize your chances. Make great love – it will also help. And if you don’t succeed, there’s always next month!
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