In the 2nd week of pregnancy, your body begins to prepare for the pregnancy. Here you can find out what changes your body experiences and how you can support it optimally.
You can also find out which signs indicate pregnancy and how you can minimize the risk of miscarriage.
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This happens to you
In the 2nd week of pregnancy, your body begins to prepare for a possible pregnancy. Therefore, you are not officially pregnant at this time.
The typical pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea or vomiting, can occur, but are rather rare.
Take advantage of your fertile days now. If everything goes well, your baby can implant in your uterus during the 4th week of pregnancy.
There are a number of things you can do to support your body during pregnancy. Learn more about this in this article.
Important facts about the 2nd WOP: What you should know
What has already happened?
- Your body produces endometrium and eggs
- Ovulation occurs in the 2nd WOP
- A mature egg is on its way, can be fertilized and implant itself
You can do that now:
- Avoid stress to promote luteal hormone production
- Relaxing sports, such as yoga are helpful for pregnancy and also help as pregnancy progresses
- Consuming folic acid, found in vitamins B9 and B11, can also promote embryo growth and development
- Consult a gynecologist to rule out possible diseases
- Do not take any medication or only after consulting your doctor
First signs of pregnancy
Sure signs of pregnancy
If your period stops, you are most likely pregnant. Nausea that doesn’t stop and a feeling of tightness as well as hypersensitive breasts and nipples are also strong indicators of an incipient pregnancy.
Probable signs of pregnancy
Symptoms such as fever, morning sickness or mood swings may be due to an incipient pregnancy. Slightly discolored nipples or growing breasts are also a sign that an egg has nested in the lining of the uterus.
Possible signs of pregnancy
Fatigue, tiredness, abdominal pain or mild nausea can also indicate pregnancy. However, you cannot make a clear statement with these symptoms, which is why you should consult a doctor if you want to be sure.
2. WOP: What is the risk of miscarriage?
Even if your egg was successfully fertilized in the last cycle and was able to implant, unfortunately a miscarriage can still occur in the 2nd week of pregnancy. To understand this, it is important to know your own cycle.
In the 1st WOP there is no talk of an official pregnancy yet. But why is that? During this time, your menstrual period takes place as usual. However, for a pregnancy, the first day of menstruation is used to calculate the duration of pregnancy (40 weeks).
To make pregnancy possible, your body rebuilds the uterine lining and creates new eggs during the 2nd week of pregnancy. At the end of the 2nd week or at the beginning of the 3rd week, ovulation occurs.
From this point on, you are fertile for several days. As the mature egg moves through the fallopian tube to the uterus, it can be fertilized by a sperm. In the 4th week of pregnancy, the fertilized cell now tries to implant in the uterine lining.
If the embryo succeeds in implanting, you are already pregnant from the 4th week of pregnancy. If the embryo cannot implant, it will be expelled during the next menstrual period. Unfortunately, it can happen that the fertilized egg does not manage to implant. The reason is often a deficiency of corpus luteum hormones.
Chromosome incompatibility or a rejection reaction of the body can also lead to a miscarriage in the 2nd WOP.
In such cases, one speaks of an abortion – a miscarriage. Although the risk of miscarriage cannot be ruled out, it decreases with increasing duration of pregnancy.
Facts and figures
Here you will find an overview. The figures are an average value. In addition, age, lifestyle and previous illnesses influence the risk of miscarriage. So don’t let them influence you too much.
Risk of miscarriage (average value):
- 5. and 6th WOP -> 20%
- 7. WOP -> 9,4%
- 8. WOP -> 4,2%
- 9. WOP ->1,5%
- 10. WOP -> 0,5%
- 11. WOP -> 0,7%
The reasons for miscarriage
In the first weeks of pregnancy, many women are at risk of miscarriage. For this reason, many expectant mothers do not reveal that they are pregnant until the 12th week of pregnancy.
If a miscarriage occurs in the 2nd week of pregnancy, most women do not even realize that they were pregnant. For them, a new cycle begins. Most of the time, a miscarriage in the 2nd week of pregnancy is only recognized by the fact that the menstrual period has shifted a bit or that it looks different than usual.
Can miscarriages happen again?
If you have already suffered several miscarriages and still desperately want to have a child, it is advisable to visit your gynecologist.
Losing your own child is terrible and difficult to cope with. If you and your partner are not feeling well, you need to get help. Psychologists or self-help groups can help you deal with this loss.
2. WOP: Preventing a miscarriage – is that possible?
Avoid a deficiency of corpus luteum hormones
If there is a deficiency of corpus luteum hormones, the embryo cannot implant. This deficiency is usually caused by too much stress.
A healthy level of corpus luteum hormones can create good conditions for the further course of pregnancy. Our tip: If you wish to have a child, have your hormone balance tested by your doctor.
Did you already know? The luteal hormone is produced by the body around the 2nd week of pregnancy and supplies the uterine lining with important nutrients. Later, the placenta takes over this important task.
Abstain from alcohol and nicotine
Alcohol and nicotine should be taboo throughout your pregnancy. In the following article you will learn what these harmful substances can do.
Prevent miscarriages with magnesium?
Magnesium has a muscle-relaxing and antispasmodic effect. Pregnant and nursing mothers have an increased need for magnesium. This need increases in the course of pregnancy.
Magnesium supplements are often recommended to pregnant women by their doctors. However, only if there is an increased risk of premature birth or miscarriage.
Basically, you should make sure that you take in enough magnesium. A persistent, high magnesium deficiency can lead to delayed development of the embryo or premature labor.
A healthy lifestyle
In addition to abstaining from alcohol and nicotine, you should also watch your coffee intake. According to current recommendations, stimulants are harmful for the development of your child and should therefore be avoided.
A balanced and healthy diet is also essential. Light physical exercise and sports are permitted during pregnancy. (Nordic) walking, slow jogging, swimming or yoga are good options.
Did you already know? Exercise during pregnancy helps you to relieve tension, prevent back pain and relax. Sports such as tennis or squash and athletics are not recommended during pregnancy.
How your body prepares for pregnancy in the 2nd week of pregnancy
During the 2nd week of pregnancy, your body concentrates on preparing for a possible pregnancy. To do this, it builds up the lining of the uterus again, which will later accommodate the embryo and offer it protection.
In addition, new eggs mature during the 2nd WOP. Even if you are fertile for 5 days, fertilization must take place within your ovulation. Ovulation usually occurs around the middle of your cycle. If you have a 28-day regular cycle, ovulation takes place on the 14th day.
This is when eggs mature in your body. As soon as a mature egg bursts, it makes its way through the fallopian tube into your uterus. There it lives only 12 to 24 hours and must be fertilized within this time for pregnancy. If the mature egg meets a sperm on its journey, it can penetrate the membrane of the egg.
The genetic material is mixed and new life is created. Once fertilization has worked, the cell steadily doubles in size, giving rise to the morula. In addition, the estrogen level rises and ensures that the mucous membrane of the uterus develops so that the morula can develop in the cervical mucus.
A cavity called the germinal vesicle now forms in the center of the morula. The germinal vesicle divides into two parts: The embryoblast, from which the embryo grows, and the trophoblast. The placenta will later develop from these and take over the supply of the baby.
As soon as the fertilized egg reaches the uterus at the end of the 3rd week of gestation, the embryo is formed. It tries to implant itself in the lining of the uterus. The implantation is supported by the corpus luteum hormone.
So once the embryo has firmly implanted in the uterus, you are 4 weeks pregnant. In an ultrasound scan, the embryo can be identified in the 4th week of pregnancy by a small, black cavity.
How to get pregnant
Do you want to have your own baby? You can use the 2nd week of pregnancy to create good conditions for pregnancy. A little further down you will find out what you should pay attention to now.
In this section we will tell you 4 tips on how you can get pregnant:
Tips: How to prepare for your pregnancy
1. Recognize fertile days
Did you know that it is only possible to get pregnant on 5 to 6 days in a month? To get pregnant, it is good to know when these days are. The fertile period starts a few days before ovulation and ends no later than 24 hours after ovulation.
The difficulty is to know when this occurs. Our tip: Calculate your ovulation with the help of an ovulation calendar or with an ovulation test.
2. Avoid stress
Everything that leads to stress should be avoided if possible. This does not mean that you should quit your job or have to give up housework. However, discussions, small changes in the daily routine and other compromises can lead to a pleasant climate at work or at home.
If you manage to focus on the nice things, the bad things will lose their importance. They no longer affect your psyche and you can relax more often.
3. Healthy lifestyle
Sports and exercise help to reduce stress and provide the body with optimal oxygen. However, you should only do light sports. Make sure you get enough sleep. This also reduces stress.
4. Do not put yourself under pressure
If you want to get pregnant, you quickly get under pressure. But that’s exactly what you should avoid. So that your body can optimally prepare for pregnancy, you should allow it as much relaxation as possible.
This is important now
Proper nutrition during pregnancy
Now is the perfect time to build a good foundation for pregnancy. With a healthy and balanced diet you support your body during this time.
Here you will find a list of particularly important nutrients for your pregnancy:
- Swiss chard
- Wholemeal bread
- Savoy cabbage
An additional intake of folic acid preparations is recommended.
- Whole milk
- Hard cheese
- Wholemeal bread
- Dark chocolate
- Dried figs
- Soy products
- Parmesan cheese
- Sea fish (plaice, pollock, cod)
- Iodized salt
- Hard cheese
- Seaweed products
- Lean meat
- Natural yogurt.
Folic acidin the 2nd SSW
Folic acid is present in vitamins B9 and B11 and in meat, fish and many vegetables and fruits.
You should now take0.4 milligrams daily. Folic acid is responsible for the embryonic development of the brain and nervous system .
Since an intake via food is hardly sufficient, many doctors and midwives recommend an additional intake via so-called folic acid preparations.
Abstaining from alcohol and nicotineduring the 2nd SSW
Alcohol and nicotine are taboo throughout pregnancy. You should avoid these harmful substances from the 1st weekof pregnancy and if you wish to have a child.
Alcohol and nicotine can cause the following damage:
- Increased risk of premature birth
- Too little growth of the child
- Low birth weight
- Deficient birth (babies who are not developed according to their age)
- Facial abnormalities
- Central nervous system disorders
- Mental impairment
Many changes happen in your body during the 2nd week of pregnancy. It is preparing for pregnancy. In this article you have learned how you can support your body optimally.
With a healthy diet, light exercise and the renunciation of alcohol and nicotine you create great conditions for your pregnancy.
To increase your chances of getting pregnant, you should follow these tips:
- Pay attention to a healthy and balanced diet
- Avoid alcohol and nicotine
- Reduce stress
The better you and your body feel, the higher the chance of getting pregnant.
In the 2nd week of pregnancy, the fertilized egg must implant in the uterus. If it has succeeded, you have actually become pregnant. Congratulations!
Until you notice a change in your belly, you still have to be patient. A baby bump usually becomes noticeable from the 12th week of pregnancy. The uterus has reached a certain size at this time. From this time on, you can already notice a small bulge on your belly.
In the early stages of pregnancy, a deficiency of corpus luteum hormones in particular can prevent the fertilized egg from implanting. In addition, magnesium helps relax muscles and prevents cramps, which contributes to the relaxation of the body.
Overall, a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and exercise is conducive to the healthy growth of the baby.
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