2 Weeks Pregnant: The Follicular Phase

By 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.2 weeks pregnant follicular phase

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

 

Pregnancy Week 1: Menstruation

Pregnancy is calculated from the first day of your last period and not from conception.  As a result, during week one of your pregnancy you are not actually pregnant. You count day one of pregnancy from the first day of your period.pregnancy week one

So, what’s going on in your body during that first week?

On average, a menstrual cycle is around 28 days, with 21 to 35 days being the normal range. The first week of pregnancy (assuming you become pregnant in any given cycle) is mostly menstruation a.k.a your period. Hormone levels are at a low and are telling the body it is not pregnant, so it is shedding the uterine lining and preparing for a new cycle.

What should you be doing during the first week of pregnancy?

Now is the time to begin acting pregnant. How do you act pregnant, you ask? We don’t mean in the stereotypical vision of eating ice cream with pickles, but to begin taking prenatal vitamin tablets and cease any drug and alcohol use. The condition of your body affects your new baby even before he/she baby has been conceived. Make sure your dad-to-be is also being health conscious at this point. The health of his sperm will also affect your baby.

You may also consider basal body temping as you are officially trying to conceive. Basal body temping can help you determine when you ovulate in a given cycle and increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Keep in mind that only about 25 percent of all couples make a baby in that first month of trying–it may take awhile.

Pregnancy Symptoms Week 1:

There are no symptoms in the first week of pregnancy, because you are not yet pregnant.

 

You may also find helpful:
Period Blood Colors and Textures
Implantation Bleeding VS Period
Brown Discharge Before Period

Lumps in Armpits During Pregnancy or While Breastfeeding

Pregnancy is full of surprises, some of which can be a bit frightening. Towards the end of my first pregnancy, I began to notice lumps in my armpits. I suddenly realized I actually had what looked like armpit fat, so to speak, on both sides. They started small and slowly became larger. My immediate thought was the big C word– cancer. I was terrified, but I was also incorrect. While a lump in your armpit can be a sign of cancer, if it’s on both sides, especially while pregnant or breastfeeding, that’s not normally the case.lumps in armpits

What were the lumps in my armpits during my pregnancy actually caused by?

milk lines tail of spence lumps in armpits
My mid-wife explained that breast tissue actually extends well beyond what we call the breast. Breast tissue can run all the way from the armpit to the crotch in two lines called milk ridges. In some cases, there is an unusual amount of breast tissue in the armpit or tail of spence. This tissue is called Hyperadenia, or the presence of excess breast tissue without a nipple. During late pregnancy as the breasts prepare to lactate, this tissue forms milk glands and enlarges like so many other things during pregnancy. This enlargement was my lumps.

What happened to the lumps after I had my baby?

The lumps engorged with the rest of my breast after I had my baby. They were painful, baseball sized, and very swollen. However, once engorgement passed they resided to their usual size and remained intact until I stopped breastfeeding. Once I had fully weaned my baby and my milk supply disappeared, so did the lumps. They were not seen again until my second pregnancy. I was told this was normal.

Unfortunately, during my fourth pregnancy my armpit lumps actually developed small nipples and dripped milk like tiny boobs (you can read about that here). After that pregnancy I was left with lumps even after I weaned my baby. It’s currently been 3 years, and they are still there. They aren’t huge, but do seem impervious to weight loss and exercise alike.

How can I tell excess breast tissue from cancer?

You should make your health care provider aware of any lumps in the breast area whether after reading this article it sounds as if you have excess breast tissue to you or not. Until then, some signs a lump may be cancerous include the lump being hard, firm, indiscrete, and/or unable to be manipulated or moved. If the lump is soft, can be seen easily and/or has a matching lump on the other breast, it likely is not cancer, but you should still have it checked.

What if after engorgement the lumps in my armpits still hurt?

In rare cases, this auxiliary tissue will produce milk and not drain while nursing. This trapped milk then causes pain, swelling, and even infection. This often means the mother will have to stop breastfeeding so that tissue can reside. Occasionally, the milk can be successfully pumped. In any case, you should see your health care provider.