Week 2 of Pregnancy at a Glance
- Time to start your prenatal vitamins.
- Avoid alcohol, drugs, and excessive caffeine.
- Contact your provider regarding the safety of medications you might be already taking.
- Schedule your first prenatal appointment.
If you haven’t already, go ahead and schedule that first prenatal appointment. While you’re on the phone, ask for a prenatal vitamin recommendation, and find out whether the medications you’re currently taking are safe for your baby.
Start taking your prenatal vitamins, if you haven’t already, and continue to avoid drugs, alcohol and excessive caffeine. About 150 mg of caffeine per day is the safe limit according to the American Pregnancy Association, if any. You’ll want to stay away from all three during your pregnancy.
Your Body at Week 2
Your period has now ended. The dominant follicle is in the process of growing larger than the other follicles and contains the egg that will become your baby. It will continue to grow to about one inch in size before it pops and releases its egg. The release of the egg is called ovulation and often happens 14 days from the start of your period. A few days before you ovulate, you may notice an increase in cervical mucus. This mucus will help sperm travel through the cervix to the uterus. During ovulation, you may notice some pain in an ovary or experience some mild spotting due to the hormonal fluctuations associated with the ovulation process.
Your Baby at Week 2
By the end of the second week, the follicle will be close to one inch in size. At this time, the egg (soon to be your baby) is mature and ready to come out of its follicle to become fertilized by a sperm.
The preceding information was adapted from The Pregnancy Companion.