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2 weeks pregnant – what to expect

1-2 weeks pregnant - what you need to know

There’s still no baby yet, but around day 14 of your menstral cycle, which should be this week or early next, ovulation occurs. If you’re trying to conceive, knowing exactly when you’re ovulating is really important, so be sure to track yours using our ovulation calculator.

What is my body doing?

It sounds very complex, and in a way it is, but our menstrual cycles really are quite amazing. Thanks to hormone changes, your levels of luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) rise and stimulate the production of follicles in your ovary.

These follicles are actually fluid filed sacs containing those all-important eggs – although usually only one becomes larger than the others and produces the egg. That follicle also begins to produce oestrogen which helps the lining of the womb become thicker to aid ‘implantation’ of the egg.

Hopefully, in the 24 hours after the egg is released, one of the nearly 250 million sperm your partner releases will manage to swim all the way from your vagina, through your cervix, and up to the fallopian tube, where it can penetrate the egg.

It might sound simple, but this is a ten-hour journey for the sperm. Only about 400 of them will even make it and only one can burrow through the eggs outer membrane.

What happens next?

Once his sperm makes it to your egg, the sperm’s nucleus merges with the eggs and they’ll combine in the following 10 to 30 hours. Believe it or not, this is when the sex of your baby is actually determined, as if the sperm is carrying a Y chromosome, you’ll just have conceived a boy and if it’s an X chromosome, it’ll be a girl.

What can I do to help my body conceive?

It might sound obvious, but this is one week where you really need to get into the rhythm of regular, baby making fun. Try to relax and not turn this time into another chore (and have a read of the best sex positions to try when you’re trying to conceive). Experts believe the best positions are those that allow you man’s sperm to get close to your cervix, and that having an orgasm helps too as the contractions draw in more sperm.

Common symptoms to look out for 

  • Your temperature will fall, then spike: Did you know that when you ovulate, your basal body temperature (BBT) will drop to its lowest point? It won’t, however, stay there for long and as soon as ovulation occurs, it will shoot up half a degree. So, although ovulation calculators give you a good idea, if you want to know exactly when you’re ovulating, buy a special thermometer and start tracking.
  • Your discharge might change: If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while, you’ll have got used to monitoring your discharge and will know it’s consistency and colour will change over the month. As you head towards the day you’re ovulating, look out for thick, sticky and creamy discharge, which will increase in volume and start to look cloudy when the day arrives. 

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Read next: 17 fertility superfoods worth adding to your diet if you're trying for a baby:

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Tomatoes 

Packed full of a nutrient called lycopene, which has been found to boost sperm count by up to 70 per cent and increase swimming speed. Two brilliant reasons to encourage your partner to include more tomatoes in his diet.
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Almonds

Just a handful of almonds a day can boost your man’s sperm health. They contain vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps to protect the DNA in both sperm and eggs. Plus, it’s thought to increase sperm production.
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Bananas

A banana should be your go-to mid-morning snack if you’re trying for a baby. Each one is packed with vitamin B6, which regulates the hormones and is needed for good egg and sperm development.
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Asparagus

Delicious roasted and teamed with egg or popped in a salad, is easy to add into your meals – and well worth doing, too. It’s filled with folic acid, which has been found to reduce the risk of ovulation issues.
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Citrus fruits

Lemons, oranges and limes – they’re all packed with Vitamin C, which improve sperm quality and stop them clumping together.
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Brussel sprouts

This festive food may not be everyone’s favourite veg, but it’s packed with fertility boosting properties. They contain folic acid, great for improving fertility, and are filled with vitamins and nutrients that help women absorb balanced levels of oestrogen and help the body get rid of excess hormones. Forget the mushy products of Christmases past and griddle or roast with a little oil and garlic.
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Carrots

Filled with carotenoids that give carrots their colour, this veg is ideal for boosting your conception chances. Research has found that carotenoids help sperm swim towards an egg, improving sperm performance by up to eight per cent.
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Oysters

As well as being famous for being an aphrodisiac, oysters are bursting with zinc, which is crucial for conception. If you’re lacking in zinc, you menstrual cycle might be interrupted – slowing down the release of your eggs.
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Dark chocolate

You shouldn’t be as hard pressed to encourage your man to up his chocolate intake – but make sure it’s high in cocoa levels. It contains amino acid that has been proven to double sperm and semen volume and is also filled with antioxidants, which defend against free radicals and toxins linked to male infertility.
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Eggs

Eggs contain vitamin D, thought to help increase fertility levels in women. Plus they’re a pretty healthy breakfast option to add into your day. 
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Mackerel

This fish should definitely be your friend when trying for a baby. It’s bursting with fatty acids that help keep your reproductive system strong and your partner’s cholesterol levels low – allowing his sperm to mature properly. 
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Sunflower seeds

Packed with zinc – the most important mineral for male and female fertility – sunflower seeds are great for getting your body in baby-making mode. 
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Garlic

Garlic is a great conception booster for men. It contains allicin, which improves blood flow to his sexual organs and protects sperm from damage, and selenium, an antioxidant that improves sperm quality. 
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Chicken

Protein is really important for your egg production – and gram for gram chicken is a great source. But hold off on that Atkins diet while trying to conceive, as high-protein diets aren’t advised pre-pregnancy. Get your fill by trying out Mary Berry’s parmesan-crusted chicken recipe or rustle up a delish griddled Vietnamese chicken with salad.

 
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