Your growing baby’s development in week 2

This is the week you might conceive! Here’s how you can make sure your growing baby’s development is supported right from the start of your pregnancy.

What’s happening this week?

Your ovulation period usually occurs around two weeks after the first day of your period. This is when your body releases an egg, and is the best time to try to get pregnant.i

Fertilization usually takes place near the end of this weekii, so you should have intercourse on the day of ovulation as well as the five days before it takes place.

What can you expect? 

Millions of sperm have commenced their journey toward your fallopian tube with the hope of meeting – and fertilizing – your egg. There’s only a 12 to 24 hour window for this to happeniii.

What can you do to support your pregnancy?

These are truly exciting times, but try not to get too worked up. Worrying about it won’t help you conceive. In fact, stress does the complete opposite! Experts agree that the best thing you can do if you want to get pregnant is to relax, so don’t sweat it if you don’t conceive right away.iv

You can also increase your chances of getting pregnant by avoiding smoking, alcohol, and caffeine. Perhaps the most important factor to having a healthy pregnancy is to take care of your own health. That means getting the proper nutrition and exercise as well as resting and taking care of your emotional health too.v

You can also take supplements, which have been linked to healthy pregnancies.vi Since your growing baby’s neural tube (which will later become the brain and spinal cord) starts to develop in the very first month of pregnancy, it’s important to start taking a prenatal supplement that also includes 400 mcg of folic acid daily.vii This will support your growing baby’s development. 

While looking after your growing baby’s development, it’s also important to be attuned to your own health and emotional wellbeing; as these will have an impact on your developing baby.

Something to keep in mind: studiesix show that your emotions may affect your growing baby while he or she is growing in your womb. You may want to start researching techniques (e.g. prenatal yoga, meditation) to stay stress-free over the next nine months.

Find calmness through:

  • Reading, listening to music, or engaging in other activities that relax you,
  • Meditating,
  • Gentle exercise.

 


 

 

References:
 
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iii  Silverthorn, D. U., Silverthorn, A. C., Ober, C. W., Ober, W. C., & Johnson, B. R. (2016). Human physiology: an
     integrated approach.
iv  Bouchez, C. (n.d.). Stress and Infertility. Retrieved February 15, 2017, from
v   Curtis, G. B., & Schuler, J. (2016). Your Pregnancy Week by Week  (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press.
vi  Zeratsky, K. (2016, May 5). Healthy choices for couples trying to conceive. Retrieved March 21, 2017, from
vii  World Health Organization, WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience. Geneva:
     WHO Press. 2016. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.
viii Kinsella, M. T., & Monk, C. (2009). Impact of Maternal Stress, Depression and Anxiety on Fetal Neurobehavioral
     Development.  Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology,52(3), 425-440. doi:10.1097/grf.0b013e3181b52df1
ix  Can fetus sense mother's psychological state? Study suggests yes. (2011, November 10). Retrieved February 15, 2017,