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Pregnancy Week By Week: Week Two

Updated on September 17, 2007

Are you pregnant yet? Not exactly, but maybe soon! Week Two of pregnancy actually starts before a new egg drops, which is of course before fertilization, so technically you're not even pregnant yet. What? Week Two of pregnancy and not pregnant? Why the wacky counting scheme? Read all about it in Week One. Suffice it to say that approximately 14 days after the start of your last menstrual period (LMP), or put another way 14 days before you start again, you ovulate. When this occurs the egg travels through fallopian tube into the uterus where it patiently waits for that one lucky Sperminator.

Timing Is Everything

It's hard to believe but it's actually much more difficult to conceive than what your junior high health teacher may have led you to believe. There are only about four days a month to get the deal done. To conceive, a sperm needs to reach a single egg, which only lives a few days inside the uterus.

Learning how to determine your fertility times can be helpful in getting pregnant. You can learn how to track the day you ovulate by taking your temperature, noting your menstrual cycle on a calendar, and observing the consistency of your cervical mucus. Most women have a thicker, stickier discharge around ovulation. This substance helps to keep the sperm in place until fertilization can occur.

If you can get a rough idea of your ovulation date you have a much better chance at conception, especially if you try for ten days in a row. Get those sperm in there before, during, and after the egg drops for best results.

When Will It Happen?

The good news is, most women have no trouble getting pregnant - eventually. However, once you decide you're going to take the plunge, it can seem like forever from intention to conception. Even if you only try for a few months it can be frustrating. Infertility is defined by many experts as the inability to get pregnant after at least one year of trying. Repeated pregnancies ending in miscarriage also constitutes infertility.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 12% of women aged 15-44 have trouble getting pregnant. It can be an issue with the woman or the man. Of course, you should ask your doctor if you have any concerns, but the Department of Health and Human Services recommends women under the age of 30 not worry unless they have been actively trying for more than a year. They also suggest that women over 30 see their doctor after six months of trying.

This website has simple, clear answers to the most common questions about infertility.

Other articles in this series:

Week One

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

Week Ten

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Week 14

Week 15

Week 16

Week 17

Week 18

Week 19

Week 20

Week 21

Week 22

Week 23

Week 24

Week 25

Week 26

Week 27

Week 28

Week 29

Week 30

Week 31

Week 32

Week 33

Week 34

Week 35

Week 36

Week 37

Week 38

Week 39

Week 40

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    howtoinducelabor 

    10 years ago

    When you get pregnant, once you miss your period you are 4 weeks pregnant. There is no week one and week two. Conception, which occurs at ovulation, is already considered week 2. It's really kind of strange.

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    bethkiley 

    11 years ago

    I always thought it was bizarre that you're not even pregnant until you are 4 weeks. I think alot of people don't know that until they are actually pregnant. Can't wait to see your entry for 40 weeks pregnant-- I have a site dedicated to helping women find ways to induce labor at home naturally when they are at 40 weeks or overdue. Feel free to check it out: http://www.squidoo.com/waystoinducelabor

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