2 Weeks Pregnant: The Follicular Phase 2


2 weeks pregnant follicular phaseBy week 2 of your pregnancy, you still aren’t pregnant. Your period has likely ended and you are now about mid-way through the follicular phase. The follicular phase begins on day one of your period and continues until the second phase, ovulation, which may occur on the final day of this week.

What happens during the follicular phase or when you are 2 weeks pregnant?

As menstruation ceases around day 5 of your cycle, the level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in your body will increase slightly to stimulate the development of several follicles in your ovaries. Each of these follicles contains an egg. Throughout the week,  FSH levels will decrease, and hypothetically, just one follicle will continue to develop and prompt your body to produce estrogen. Sometimes, more than one follicle may develop, which can result in twins.

Estrogen levels then begin to rise and cause your uterine lining to thicken. Once levels are sufficient, the body
triggers the release of  luteinising hormone (LH) which tells your ovary to release the egg. LH can be detected by home urine tests. It’s surge indicates ovulation will occur in 24 to 48 hours. If you choose to use this testing method, you should begin “attempting” (having sex without protection) as soon as you get a positive result.

Sometimes ovulation will also cause mittleschmerz, or pain in the side, but most women don’t feel ovulation at all.

There are a few ways to know if you’re ovulating:

-You can watch the calendar. Ovulation often occurs about half way through your menstrual cycle, which would be, in most cases at the end of week 2, two weeks after your last period began.

-You can chart your basal body temperature. Body temperature will become low during menstruation and then rise immediately after, so by charting this effect every month you can get an idea which days you typically ovulate.

-You can watch your cervical mucus and position. Cervical mucus becomes more plentiful and watery as ovulation approaches, before turning “egg white” and stretchy at ovulation, and slowly dissipates after. The cervix rises, softens, and opens during ovulation and is lower, firmer and closed during infertile times.

It can take some practice to master the art of pinpointing ovulation. You may find a charting program, such as FertilityFriend helps.

Pregnancy symptoms at 2 weeks:

You still will have no pregnancy symptoms, as you are not yet pregnant.

You may also find helpful:

Vaginal Discharge
How to Check Your Cervix
Our Trying to Conceive section

 


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2 thoughts on “2 Weeks Pregnant: The Follicular Phase

  • Magicbean2018

    3 weeks post miscarriage (27th March cycle day 1 being first day of heavy red bleed of miscarriage.) Had 2 negative pregnancy tests and several negative ovulation tests, Digital and normal strips. Last night (17th April) ovulation was negative, this morning (approx 10am) positive ovulation and positive pregnancy (1-2 weeks tested at noon time) on clear blue digital. Having slight cramps and spotting. Totally confused.

    Thank you, any info will be greatly appreciated.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Sometimes a day really can make a huge difference. I would definitely still confirm you result with a follow-up test in 48 hours, as it is a little odd you’d have negative line and digital tests and then get a positive OPK the same day as a digi. OPKs can detect hCG, but a pregnancy test, especially a line test, would show positive far before an OPK would in most cases. One possible explanation is that your hCG rise was a but abnormal due to irregular hormone levels at conception from the recent loss (I’m sorry for that loss 🙁 ) Fingers crossed things work out for you.