3, 2, 1…Ovulate!
While 2 weeks pregnant, you still aren’t technically pregnant yet, but you’re almost there. Doctors and midwives consider week 1 of pregnancy at the start of your menstrual cycle, so you are 2 weeks pregnant right before you ovulate. Around 14 days after the first day of your menstrual period, ovulation occurs. This is when a mature egg is released from your ovary and sent into the Fallopian tube. At this point in your cycle, your uterus has made itself an ideal hostess, and is ready for a fertilized egg and ultimately, pregnancy. It’s go time…
It’s business time!
If you’re looking to get the ball rolling as soon as possible, ovulation detectors that work similarly to a home pregnancy test are available over the counter. These are a quick and easy way to determine if tonight’s a “dim the lights and put on some slow jams” kind of night, or if it’s maybe more of the “cold pizza and early bedtime” sort. Some women swear by basal body thermometers, which can give you a much more accurate reading of your body temperature. Following ovulation, your body temperature can increase by 0.4 to 1.0 degrees, indicating that an egg has been released. Both of these are available in most drug stores. If you’re looking for a more lo-fi approach, you can pay attention to your body’s rhythms, specifically your cervical mucus. Around the time of ovulation, your cervical mucus will increase and become thicker. As soon as you notice this, consider it time to go to town, do the deed, make whoopie…it’s time to have sex. A lot. It makes sense that your odds will increase and your shot at a pregnancy to begin will be greater. Before you know it you will be 2 weeks pregnant. And, you and your partner will end up having a great time. Win, win!
When try, try, try again isn’t going so well.
Often, it’s not so simple. Talk to most women and not everyone will tell you that it was all that easy to get pregnant. Some couples conceive on the first try, some try for six months, and some try for a year or more. If you are actively trying to become pregnant and month after month are finding yourself increasingly disappointed, know that you are not alone. It’s very tempting to spend a lot of time wondering why and worrying yourself sick, and it is easier said than done, but try and relax. Set a deadline, maybe after eight months to a year of trying to no avail, consider having you and your partner tested for factors that may be inhibiting pregnancy. The fix may require less intervention than you think. Maybe it will be more. For now, go with your gut and decide at what point you’d like to investigate. It may give you the space you need to relax and have a good time. Consider this time a part of your journey to pregnancy and becoming parents. Everyone has a story to tell, and usually the stories with hurdles on the road to pregnancy are the most encouraging to someone else experiencing the same frustrations you are right now. In the end just relax, because you may be 2 weeks pregnant and not know it yet!
You’ll be strong to the finish if you eat your spinach!
Remember, it’s a good idea when trying to become pregnant to treat your body as if you are already well into your pregnancy. Even though your baby has yet to officially come on the scene when you are 2 weeks pregnant, take yourself as seriously as woman that is pregnant. Avoid alcohol, don’t smoke, don’t take drugs, and if you’re on medication check with your doctor to find out if it could be considered dangerous for you or your baby during pregnancy, or if it is, if it could potentially intensify unpleasant pregnancy symptoms. While you’re at it, ask your doctor to do some general blood work to get a run-down on your overall health. Iron is particularly important to keep an eye on during pregnancy and if your’s is low, you can take advantage of your pre-pregnant/2 weeks pregnant status by adding some leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards) into your diet or iron supplements (iron supplements should sometimes be accompanied by, ahem, a stool softener). If you haven’t already told your doctor why you’d like a thorough look at your health, just tell them, “I’m 2 weeks pregnant!”. You’ll probably get a pat on the back for your pre-pregnancy responsibility! Well done! You deserve a lollipop!
Pregnancy symptoms BEFORE pregnancy officially begins: BABY FEVER while 2 Weeks Pregnant.
It may be hard to imagine now when you’ve got “baby fever” that you will look back at your pre-kid life sometimes with awe and sometimes longing. In a year or so you may find yourself flabbergasted that you ever just decided to go out for dinner and a movie on a moment’s notice, made an elaborate dinner and enjoyed it slowly, or read an entire novel in one sitting. This is most definitely not to say that becoming a parent isn’t amazing in its own right, it’s just that simple things like getting ready to go out on a single errand become much more of a production. Use this pre-pregnancy season in your life to enjoy your time alone, one-on-one time with your partner, and time with friends. Once the baby is here, you may miss your late-night carousing and long lunches with friends, but nothing will compare to the tiny person you will hold in your arms. Things are really about to get real interesting.