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Pregnancy Week 2

How to Get Pregnant

The second week of pregnancy mimics the first week in that there are still no physical changes or symptoms to be noted. This is the stage when a woman's body will begin to prepare itself for ovulation and conception. This week is very important because it marks the time that actually starts the process of fertilization and gestation. This is pregnancy week 2.

Changes in the Mother's Body

By now most people know that when a woman menstruates, what is actually occurring is that her uterus is shedding its lining in preparation for conception. The ovaries will release one or more eggs into the fallopian tube and the egg/eggs will travel to the uterus. If one of the eggs is fertilized by the father's sperm then the egg will attach itself to the uterine wall and the result will be a positive pregnancy test. The end of pregnancy week 2 marks the period of ovulation.

Development of the Baby

As almost everyone who is reading this article has probably already concluded, there is still no baby during pregnancy week 2. This will mark the start of the race to see which of the millions of sperm swimming from dad to mom will win. While this sounds rather funny, it is not far from the truth. There will be literally millions of microscopic sperm, all vying for the same egg! Male sperm will swim at a faster pace but die more quickly, while female sperm will swim at a slower pace and live longer.

Diet and Exercise

Just as in week one, a woman should be eating a healthy diet of fresh, preferably organic, fruits and vegetables, foods that are rich in iron, calcium, protein and fiber. A woman should not be attempting to cut calories or lose weight at this time. A pregnant woman will be required to eat at least 3500 calories a day to provide proper nutrition for the growing fetus. Any form of exercise is fine during pregnancy week 2.

Tips for Dad

This is the aspect of the pregnancy process that most dads like the most. However, it is very important for them to realize that they will be needed for the duration of the pregnancy, and beyond, not just for the fun part. Dad's can help toward the end of week 2 by bringing home flowers, putting on soft, romantic music, and perhaps drawing a nice bubble bath for their wives to enhance the mood. After all, if there is going to be a pregnancy, there is going to have to be at least a little bit of romance.

Pregnancy does not only affect a woman's body but her emotions as well. There are many hormonal changes taking place and fear of the unknown can cause a lot of women to feel bouts of panic or high levels of stress. It is important to take it easy and remember that a calm and happy mother will mean a healthier pregnancy, and a happier baby.