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Week 2 of Pregnancy


During this week, your uterine lining, which will nourish your soon-to-be-conceived baby, is developing. This lining thickens and becomes engorged with blood, so as to create a safe and comfortable environment for your baby to develop in. At the same time, one of your ovaries is growing and ripening an egg, in preparation for ovulation (process of gee release from ovary). At the end of this week, you are likely to ovulate if you have a 28 days cycle. It may vary from day 9 to 16 if you have an irregular cycle.



This is the time when you are most likely to conceive if you
are not using any protection. The egg after getting released from the ovary moves down the fallopian tube towards the uterus. Although, as many as 300 million sperm are ejaculated into the vagina at the time of intercourse, only a few hundred reach the fallopian tube, and only one will fertilise the egg in one of the fallopian tubes. When that happens, you will have conceived and the miracle of life begins!


At the moment of conception, your baby’s gender is determ
ined. The sex of your baby is determined by the presence of either the X or the Y chromosome in the sperm, which fertilises the egg. If the sperm carries a Y chromosome, you will have a boy and if it carries a X chromosome, you will have a baby girl. Therefore, the father determines your baby’s gender.


Remember

This is the time to address your lifestyle, diet and fitness. Good health at the very start can have a huge effect on the rest of your pregnancy. Your baby has a better chance of developing well and you may even have an easier labour and delivery. Give your baby the best start in life by starting a healthy routine. Cut down on caffeine, stop drinking alcohol or smoking if you do. Start taking prenatal vitamins and folic acid supplements so your body is in great form for conception and pregnancy. Refer to our section on pregnancy nutrition to learn more.



FAQs

1) Why is due date calculated from first day of your last period when the baby has not yet conceived?

It is easier for physicians to start the count this way because it is hard for most women to know when they ovulate, especially, if they have irregular menstrual cycle. It is even harder to accurately pinpoint when the conception happened. This is because the sperm can survive in the fallopian tube for up to a five days or perhaps even longer. Hence, it is possible that conception may occur days after you actually have sex. The first day of the last menstrual period is something that most of the women will remember accurately.



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