Week 2 of Your Pregnancy

A look at your body, your baby, and more

Welcome to week 2 of your pregnancy. Just like week one, you’re still not actually pregnant. Remember, your healthcare provider calculates your due date from the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). The good news: Ovulation occurs around the end of the week, which means you’re likely fertile and ready to create a baby.

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Your Trimester: First trimester

Weeks to Go: 38

You This Week

In order to get pregnant, you and your partner need to time sex for when you're most fertile. Since healthy sperm can remain in your cervical fluid for three to five days, your peak fertility window is likely two days before you ovulate, as well as the actual day of ovulation. (For those with a regular 28-day cycle, you’ll likely ovulate on day 15.)

“Before you ovulate, your estrogen levels go up, which thins the cervical mucus,” says Allison Hill, M.D., a private practice OB-GYN in Los Angeles. “The mucus looks almost like fresh egg whites—like a clear white gel. This is a big clue that ovulation is about to happen within the next few days.”

It’s important to remember, however, that if you are under 35, it’s not uncommon to have well-timed sex for about a year before successfully getting pregnant. After a year of unsuccessful trying, discuss possible issues with your doctor or midwife. If you are older than 35, it’s best to seek the guidance of your healthcare provider after six months of trying.

Your Baby This Week

While there is no fetal development at this time, it’s coming: By the end of this week, your ovary (or more accurately, your ovarian follicle) will release an egg (ovum), which will then travel through the fallopian tube. Once intercourse occurs, hundreds of sperm make their way down the same fallopian-tube path, seeking out the egg. Once the sperm meets and penetrates the egg, it is considered fertilized. (When the egg is not fertilized, it dissolves during menstruation.)

Within 24 hours, the now-fertilized egg (dubbed a zygote) continues its journey through the fallopian tube toward the uterus, where it will soon settle in and began to grow. If two eggs are released instead of one—and a different sperm fertilizes each egg—you’ll soon be carrying fraternal twins. Incidentally, if you’re over 35, the chance of this occurring is elevated, according to research in Human Reproduction.

Taking Care

“For some, trying to get pregnant can be stressful—and reducing that stress is important. But doing so is more about you feeling better than increasing your chances of conceiving,” notes Shara Marrero Brofman, PsyD, a reproductive and perinatal psychologist at the Seleni Institute, a nonprofit organization that specializes in women’s maternal and reproductive mental health.

While extreme stress—that which is felt during times of war and famine—can impede conception, the data on run-of-the-mill stress does not yet correlate. “We do know that stress can lower sex drive and lead to difficulty sleeping, which can hinder the getting-pregnant process,” notes Dr. Hill. “But normal everyday stressors rarely cause any long-term fertility problems or impact pregnancy.”

Some helpful stress reducers to keep in your back pocket include getting plenty of rest, practicing yoga, exercising, and meditative breathing—and perspective. “Under normal circumstances, the odds of a couple getting pregnant during any given month is only 20 percent,” says Dr. Hill. (Of note, patients who have sex daily have a 30 percent chance of conceiving in a given month.) “It’s so important to remember that getting pregnant takes time."

At Your Doctor’s Office

There’s no need to see the doctor just yet. He or she likely won’t be able to tell if fertilization has occurred. It’ll take about four days (give or take) after fertilization for your body to begin pumping out the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). That’s the hormone that both urine and blood tests detect to determine pregnancy.

Upcoming Doctor’s Visits

While you’re waiting to schedule your first prenatal visit (around eight to 12 weeks after your last period), start considering what kind of healthcare provider you’d like to see.

“The relationship between you and your healthcare provider throughout pregnancy is one of the most intimate provider-patient relationships you’ll ever have,” says Dr. Hill. “Trust and openness are essential. You want to feel comfortable and listened to.”

To start figuring out who is the right fit for you, learn the differences—and the pros and cons—of using a nurse-midwife versus a board-certified OB-GYN.

For Partners

Many couples choose to use lubricant during intercourse for comfort and pleasure’s sake. This may be especially true for those trying to conceive, who may be having sex more frequently than usual.

If this pertains to you and your partner, know that a 2014 study in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that most commercial lubricants actually impair sperm’s ability to move forward. When trying to conceive while using lubricant, it’s a good idea to use fertility-friendly lubricants, such as Pre-seed and Conceive Plus.

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