2 Weeks Pregnant

    2 Weeks Pregnant

    At 2 weeks pregnant, this is just the start of a wonderful journey. Did you know you can nourish your baby’s developing brain even before you’re pregnant? Explore our week-by-week guide to find out what’s in store for your baby and your body in your 2nd week of pregnancy.

    At 2 weeks pregnant:

    • Your baby is a little too small to compare to anything just yet
    • You’re officially at the beginning of the journey
    • The countdown starts right about…now!

    What happens during the second week of pregnancy?

    • You've reached the end of your menstrual cycle. The gestational-week counting starts the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP), but there is no baby conceived in the first two weeks. Because it’s really difficult to pinpoint the exact date of conception, most doctors count back to the known LMP date (before conception) when dating the 40 weeks of pregnancy, also called your baby’s gestational age.
    • Your egg is released by your ovary. During week 2, your egg travels down the fallopian tubes in hopes of being fertilized by the sperm.
    • The lining of your uterus is thickening. This readies it to receive the fertilized egg.
    • You may conceive this week. It’s during week 2 or 3 that egg and sperm are most likely to unite.

    What should I be feeling at 2 weeks pregnant?

    It’s early days and hey, you may not even be pregnant. If you are, there are going to be subtle signs that will become obvious in the next few weeks. These can start with a more acute sense of smell, aching or tender breasts, light spotting and cervical mucus.

    2 Weeks Pregnant Facts

    How big is your baby?

    Baby Size at 2 Weeks
    Baby Weight Teeny tiny
    Baby Length Teeny tiny
    Baby Size Too early to compare to anything

    Week 2 Pregnancy Symptoms

    As you’re new to all of this, your body is adjusting to the new life it’s supporting and for many, you won’t necessarily notice symptoms this early. You should be taking prenatal supplements to support all that development that is starting inside you. Each week we’ll provide information about the types of symptoms you may experience and the best way to manage them.

    • You may notice a few subtle hormonal changes like having a better sense of smell
    • Your breasts may feel tender or sore
    • There may be light red or brown spotting on your underwear
    • You may need to urinate more
    • You could start to feel fatigued as your body starts changing

    Tips for Week 2 of Pregnancy

    Being 2 weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Here is some advice on how to adjust to this new stage.

    • You should start taking prenatal supplements that contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to provide more of what your baby and your body needs through the next nine months pay particular attention to consuming expert-recommended amounts of DHA (200 milligrams while pregnant or breastfeeding)
    • If you’re planning to have a baby, start well ahead on the supplements as you start trying as the baby's neural tube — what later becomes the baby's brain and spinal cord — starts developing that very first month of pregnancy
    • Prenatal supplements can come with a surprising side effect constipation. To ease that discomfort and to promote pregnancy health, try a few simple tips
    • Your choices matter even as early as 2 weeks into your pregnancy
    • This is the time to eliminate bad habits like drinking and smoking
    • Studies have found a link between prenatal smoking and smaller brains in babies, so make the choices and changes you need today

    Week 2 Checklist: Plan Your Pregnancy

    Be prepared. Explore our pregnancy checklist below and add these items to your to-do list this week.

    To-Do Complete
    Consider using an ovulation test
    Take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid daily 
    Get out and exercise – it’s always refreshing

    If you’re interested in learning more about what is coming up through your pregnancy journey starting with week 3, explore our resources on pregnancy planning, prenatal care, and pregnancy nutrition today.