Pregnancy Week 1 & 2
Did you Conceive?
The Earliest Weeks of Pregnancy
Most women find 1 and 2 weeks pregnant exciting, mystifying and joyful times. During pregnancy week 1 and pregnancy week 2 your body is preparing for conceiving a
new baby. Many women start counting their pregnancy week by week during pregnancy week 1. The earliest weeks of pregnancy are marked by many exciting changes. The most dramatic changes result from rapidly shifting and changing hormone levels as your body prepares for labor.
During pregnancy week 1 and pregnancy week 2 you will not know you are pregnant. Most women will not experience any symptoms except those associated with ovulation. During the earliest weeks of pregnancy your body produces increasing levels of estrogen and progesterone as it prepares for ovulation.
During ovulation your body releases an egg. If pregnancy occurs sperm fertilize the egg and the egg then implants in the uterus, where it will grow during pregnancy for roughly 40 weeks until delivery.
Earliest Signs of Pregnancy
Most women want to know as soon as possible whether they are pregnant. During 1 weeks pregnant and 2 weeks pregnant you may experience a few symptoms of ovulation. Common signs of ovulation include slight menstrual like cramping on one or sometimes both sides of your lower abdomen. Many women also experience increasing volumes of fertile cervical mucous.
What Is Fertile Cervical Mucous
Most women are more likely to conceive during pregnancy weeks 1 and 2 if they have fertile cervical mucous. This results as levels of estrogen in the body rise right before ovulation. Fertile cervical mucous looks like discharge that is clear and slippery. Many women refer to this clear discharge as "Egg White" discharge. You should be able to stretch this mucous one to two inches between your fingers.
If you have clear and slippery cervical mucous, the chances you are nearing your peak fertile window are very high. Fertile cervical mucous helps transport sperm to meet the egg that releases during ovulation.
Are There Other Signs of Ovulation
There are other signs of ovulation you may experience during pregnancy at 1 week and pregnancy at 2 weeks. These include temperature changes associated with ovulation. Normally during the first couple of weeks of your menstrual cycle your temperature is lower than average. Most women's temperature is between 97.0 degrees and 97.5 degrees. This changes roughly .4 to 1 degree however immediately following ovulation. Many women monitory their basal
temperature during their menstrual cycle to get a better idea of when they ovulate. This can help boost your odds of conceiving.
Your basal body temperature is your body's temperature before you rise in the morning after having slept for at least a three-hour stretch of time. You should take your temperature before you get up to go to the bathroom or do anything else in the early morning.
Most women are more fertile in the one to three days leading up to ovulation than the actual day of ovulation. Many fertility experts recommend having intercourse every day in the one to three days leading up to ovulation to help boost your chances of conception. If you chart your monthly cycles you should be able to discover your ovulation pattern and predict ovulation within a few days.
Once you know ovulation is approaching, it is important you sleep well. Sleep can dramatically influence your overall health and the odds you will ovulate on time. If you want to increase your chances of conceiving, you may find using a comfortable pillow, like a Snoozer Full Body Pillow, essential for a good night's sleep . Do not think for a moment you should wait until you know you are pregnant to invest in a good pillow. A good pillow like a full body pillow by Snoozer will help support your neck, back and legs whether you sleep on your side, stomach, back or in the fetal position. Some have likened full body pregnancy pillows to giant teddy bears, because they are soft, conform to your body, and downright comfortable. Try to aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night you try to conceive. A pregnancy pillow promotes greater spinal
alignment, which can prevent sleepless nights. They are ideal for anyone, even highly sensitive people, as they come in many shapes and sizes, and include natural or synthetic materials. You can even use a pregnancy pillow to help your subconscious accept the idea you are ready to conceive. Consider pregnancy pillows the secret to mind over matter, the ideal companion for a woman trying to conceive.
How do you know if you have conceived successfully? There are some very early signs of pregnancy you may watch out for in the week or two following ovulation. These include:
Increasing feelings of fatigue
Inability to sleep well
Metal like taste in your mouth
Increased need to urinate
Your basal body temperature remains elevated for longer than usual after ovulation
Slight nipple or breast tenderness that may worsen
Unusual dreams associated with hormone changes
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