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What pregnant women need to know in week 2 of pregnancy?

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Baby Development

How is my baby growing?

During this week, your body may be showing signs that it is ready to nurture a baby. By the end of this week your egg will be released, waiting to be fertilized. Inform your partner to get ready. Your baby is about to develop but will need the efforts of both you and your partner. Good luck this week!

Did you know your baby’s gender can be determined right now?  But you will not know until around 18 to 20 weeks of pregnancy. You might wonder how this happens. Let us explain how.

Everyone has 46 chromosomes that makes up your genetic material. Out of the 46 chromosomes there are 2 chromosomes that determine your sex, which is called your sex chromosomes. One chromosone comes from the sperm and the other comes from the egg. The egg only has 1 type of chromosone, called chromosone X while the sperm can carry a chromosone Y or a chromosone Y. If your baby is fertilized by a sex chromosone XX, then your baby will be a girl. If the sex chromosomes end up being XY, then you have a boy.

Body & Life Changes

How is my body changing?

Your body is getting ready to ovulate, which means your egg is about to be released and ready to be fertilized. Your uterine lining is thickening, preparing to nourish your baby. At the end of this week, will be the best time to conceive your baby. You may want to use an ovulation test to know the optimal time to start.

During sex, your partner will produce sperm that will travel towards your egg. One sperm generally succeeds in penetrating the egg, and fertilization takes place. When this happens, your fertilized egg will implant securely on your uterine lining. You will not know if you’re pregnant until another several weeks.

What should I be concerned about?

Calculating your ovulation date can be tricky. It may depend on how long your menstrual cycle lasts or how regular you are. If your menstrual cycle is irregular, it can be hard to predict when your egg will be released. There many apps and tools that can help you track your ovulation as well as different signs that can let you know you are ovulating. These signs may include a change in your cervical mucus (clear and slippery) or a spike in your body temperature. Ovulation may occur between 12 to 14 days. To increase your chances, you should plan to have sex with your partner a few days before and continue until a few days after the ovulation period. It will take a few tries to get it right. Make sure you and your partner keep these days open.

Doctor Visits

What should I tell my doctor?

You should tell your doctor that you are trying to conceive. Your doctor will ask your medical history and perform a general health check for you. While having a physical examination before pregnancy, you should inform your doctor if you have been sick or take any medications or not. This will help you prepare better at the start of pregnancy.

What tests should I know?

During this time, you may want to use an ovulation test. Every woman’s menstrual cycle is different. Some women may get their menstrual period every 21 days or 28 days. If you are planning to get pregnant, an ovulation test will help you know when is the best time to have sex with your partner.

Another test you should know about is a pregnancy test. Once your egg is fertilized with a sperm, it will take at least a few weeks to know if you are pregnant. Some pregnancy test may detect on the day of your missed period but some may take a week after. Please consult with your doctor if you have any signs of pregnancy.

Health & Safety

What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?

Before the good news, you should be very careful with these factors as it can harm you and the baby. Here is one thing you should keep in mind to ensure the safety of future pregnancies.

Analgesic

What will you do when suffering migraine? Surely you will drink Efferalgan containing Codeine® – this is a kind of paracetamol containing Codeine®. Remember! You are pregnant! Most painkillers are not safe for pregnancy and may take a few days to stay in the body. The ingredients of these drugs may harm the baby’s development and reduce your fertility. For best results, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine during this critical period.

Alcohol, drug and tobacco products

During pregnancy, you should avoid drinking alcohol, using drugs and tobacco products. These substances can harm your fertility, increased risk of miscarriage and cause birth defects in the fetus. Some common defects are fetal alcohol poisoning syndrome, respiratory problems, low weight at birth. Please consult and ask the opinion of a doctor if you have any questions or encountering any problems related to health.

So next week the fetus will grow like what?

Hello Health Group does not offer any advice, diagnosis or medical treatment.

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