The First Two Weeks of Pregnancy

During the first two weeks of pregnancy most of the women are not even aware that they have conceived. At this phase very few women experience the symptoms of pregnancy. These two weeks is primarily dedicated for ovulation and then fertilization. At this time the body produces immense amount of estrogen and progesterone, so that the body is ready to embark on the process of ovulation when the egg is released from the ovaries. If everything falls into place then the egg will get fertilized, and will reach the uterus via the fallopian tubes and will dwell there for a period of forty or forty two weeks normally. Generally this is not the time when women experience symptoms of pregnancy but they might experience symptoms of ovulation like pain in the lower abdomen and colorless discharge. When the amount of this colorless discharge is more and slippery in nature, then it means that it is the best time for you to conceive. Another sign of ovulation is high basal body temperature. You will experience a rise of up to 0.6 degrees of temperature as compared to the temperature which prevailed during the first couple of weeks of your menstrual cycle. You can measure the basal body temperature through a basal thermometer, and ideally it should be measured when you wake up in the morning as any type of physical activity during the day can introduce fluctuations in the basal temperature, which will give you inaccurate results.  

Usually women do not experience any pregnancy symptoms till two weeks since the onset of ovulation, but few women can experience pregnancy symptoms immediately after the conception. Many couples are quite stressed out during this time and it should be avoided as it can drastically reduce your chances of conceiving a baby. Since it is difficult to ascertain the actual time of conception, doctors consider the beginning of a pregnancy from the first day of your last period. Technically a woman is considered pregnant before the time of conception, and is considered two weeks pregnant when she conceives a baby.  Basically a normal pregnancy lasts for a period of forty weeks and you are most likely to deliver after thirty weeks from the time of conception. Only five percent of the women deliver their babies on the stipulated due date mentioned by the doctor. In some cases the pregnancy can also stretch up to forty weeks, before the labor kicks in.
 
During these two weeks a lot of changes occur in the body as it prepares itself for pregnancy. The production of certain hormones in the body surges up so that a thick lining of tissue encompasses the uterus in order to provide support for the egg (fertilized) after the time of conception. The first two weeks of pregnancy witnesses the production of egg in the ovary follicles and reaches the fallopian tube (during ovulation) and stays there so that sperms can fertilize them. A sperm normally takes approximately ten hours to complete its journey and reach the egg at the fallopian tube.



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