Calculating Your Pregnancy
Many people have a challenge trying to figure out when they conceived, how far along they are and when their baby is due. The first day of your last menstrual period is date used for estimating your date of conception, your due date and how far along you are. Pregnancy is tracked from this day even though conception occurs approximately two weeks later. Many people discover that they are pregnant at about the time they miss their period (approximately 4 weeks after the LMP) and get told that they are four weeks along when in your mind you know conception happened about two weeks ago. That is because pregnancy is tracked from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP).
1 & 2 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby
My baby is in the thinking stage waiting for the sperm and egg to meet following ovulation. Although you are considered two weeks pregnant if conception occurs there is nothing happening with your baby at this point.
1 & 2 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me
Your period has just begun, and you may be thinking about becoming pregnant. Your ovulation time is the most important thing you need to understand when trying to conceive. Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube and is available to be fertilized. The lining of the uterus has thickened to prepare for a fertilized egg. If conception does not occur, the uterine lining will be shed. The shedding of an unfertilized egg and the uterine wall is the time of menstruation.
There are also several facts that you need to know concerning ovulation:
- An egg lives 12-24 hours after leaving the ovary.
- Normally, only one egg is released each time of ovulation.
- Ovulation can be affected by stress, illness, or disruption of normal routines.
- Some women may experience some light spotting during ovulation.
1 & 2 Weeks Pregnant – Conception
A woman’s monthly cycle is measured from the first day of her menstrual period until the first day of her next period. On average, a woman’s cycle normally is between 28-32 days. Ovulation is calculated by starting with the first day of the cycle, which is the day the menstrual period starts. Most women ovulate anywhere between Day 11 – Day 21 of their cycle. This is what many refer to as the “fertile time” or “fertility window” of a woman’s cycle, because sexual intercourse during this time increases the chance of pregnancy.
1 & 2 Weeks Pregnant – Planning for this week
There may need to be some lifestyle changes made at this time to increase your chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby down the road. Adequate exercise and a balanced diet are important factors to evaluate. You would want to begin prenatal vitamins and remove things such as:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Recreational drugs
If you are taking prescription drugs you need to check with your health care provider to see if these are safe to use during pregnancy. For more information on nutrition during your pregnancy, please see our information on on pre-conception nutrition.
1 & 2 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips:
The most important thing you can do right now is to act in the way you would if you already knew you were pregnant. Since it can be weeks before you know if conception has occurred, this will protect both you and your future baby from any substances or activities that could cause problems.
1 & 2 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner:
Many times the male partner does not feel that he has any role at this time. However, your health and lifestyle can also affect your future baby. You may need to evaluate your nutrition, medication intake, and habits such as smoking, using alcohol, or any type of drugs. Men can also benefit from taking prenatal vitamins or another type of vitamin supplement during the preconception time.
* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception. Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman. It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.