Your Pregnancy Week 02


2 Week Pregnant: Pregnancy Calendar

During pregnancy, you will feel anxious and worried about what will happen to you and your baby in these 9 months. Every week of pregnancy bring new bodily changes and we are here to provide you details of 2 week pregnant and you can get a lot of information about what to expect in every week of pregnancy. Here is a guide to your pregnancy journey.


Baby’s Development in Week 2

It sounds strange but you are still not pregnant in this week. The process of fertilization takes place by the end of this week. The baby’s gender is determined by the time when fertilization takes place. An egg has an X chromosome and sperms has X and a Y chromosome. When X chromosome from an egg fertilizes with X chromosome of a sperm then it means you will have a baby girl but if the Y chromosome of a sperm meets with X chromosome of an egg then it means you will deliver a baby boy. The uterine lining provides nourishment to the baby and the body secrets FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) at this time which will help an egg to become mature. By the end of week 2, ovulation will take place which is the process of releasing egg from ovary into the fallopian tube. Conception is more likely to occur at this time. Egg waits in fallopian tube and out of millions of sperms, only one successfully penetrates the egg and fertilization occurs. You will feel no bodily changes at this time.


Diet in Week 2

As in early weeks, the process of conception will occur so you should overhaul your eating habits. A healthy diet before pregnancy can reduce the risk of a number of birth defects. Some of the most important food and nutrients that you will need are given as follow:

 The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) say that women should take 400 microgram of folic acid one month before getting pregnant. Folic acid can be found in foods like leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli etc. You can add these healthy vegetables to soups, salads and omelets. Increase intake of fruits like oranges and strawberries. Also add breakfast cereal to your diet.

 Calcium is an important mineral. If you will not take enough calcium during pregnancy then you may suffer from bone problems. This is because the body does whatever it can to provide the essential things to the baby so it will start taking calcium from your bones and will give it to the baby which will in turn lead towards softening of bones. Sources of calcium are milk, cheese and yogurt etc. Take a glass of milk regularly or add it to smoothie to make the taste better.

 Iron is also very important. Women with low levels of iron face trouble in getting pregnant. Too little iron in body can lead towards delivering a premature and underweight baby. 18mg of iron is needed per day. Sources of iron are leafy green vegetables, potatoes, beans, peas, meat and oatmeal etc.

 Also increase intake of fiber as it can boost fertility levels. Sources of high fiber foods are cereals, fruits and vegetables etc

 It is best to add variety of foods to your diet as in pregnancy you will need a balanced and a mixed diet.


Exercises

According to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), in non complicated pregnancies, women should do at least 30 minutes of moderate and pregnancy safe exercise daily. Pregnancy should not be an excuse for not practicing any exercise. The best exercises that you can try in start are yoga, walking and water aerobics as such exercises will calm your mind and body and you will feel relax. Avoid running, jogging and moderate weight lifting as such exercises can be harmful for the developing baby.


Precautions

You should take any medicine after consulting your doctor. You should discuss the basics in first appointment with your doctor like the exercises that you should do and should not do, the foods you should take more, the medicines you should stop taking (if there are any), your work environment (if you think that it is not suitable and comfortable for you and the baby) and any concerns that you may have in early weeks. Your health care provider will give you best suggestions regarding your health in pregnancy.

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