Week 2

Your baby

You are still not pregnant! Your baby is still travelling down the fallopian tubes and continuing to multiply. When it reaches your womb, it is as little as 0.1-0.2 mm in diameter and is called an embryo. Your bundle of joy is only beginning to embed itself in your uterus and is about more than 100 cells big. This is called implantation and occurs around 10-14 days after ovulation. When implantation happens, you may notice spotting and slight cramps in your lower abdomen.

Although you are unaware of your little one, your baby already knows whether to grow into a boy or a girl. It is now separating into the amniotic cavity (or yolk sac) and the embryo (your baby-to-be). The yolk sac provides nutrition to your baby and protects it until the placenta is fully formed. The is just beginning to take shape, but it won’t be complete for about another 8 weeks. The is forming and partly functional.

You

Your body is working hard to prepare itself to support a life that will be growing in it. You may feel tired, your breasts may feel slightly swollen and tender. You may have noticed that you are too. After implantation, your body is releasing copious amounts of Beta-hCG hormones which is responsible for the early pregnancy symptoms. This hormone helps to keep oestrogen and progesterone levels high which are the two hormones needed to maintain your pregnancy.

It may be too early to go for antenatal appointment but you may go to a doctor for confirmation. Start eating healthy and its important to learn . Get enough sleep and keep yourself away from stressful situations. Your baby is still trying to get a firm hold inside your womb, so don’t get into too much activities. You may engage in moderate exercise such as light jogging, swimming and yoga but avoid bumpy rickshaw rides!!

Remember to have a healthy baby, you have to stay healthy. So stop and drinking. If you really have to or want to drink – half a glass of wine a week should be ok, although there is no hard evidence about what amount of alcohol is safe to consume during pregnancy. Excessive alcohol in your body can cause fetal alcohol syndrome. Problems that may be caused by fetal alcohol syndrome include physical deformities, mental retardation, learning disorders, vision difficulties and behavioral problems. Take that your doctor has prescribed and avoid unnecessary medications. From now on please “Think pregnant” and “Act pregnant.”

Things to think about

Do you have any such as diabetes or high blood sugar? Certain illnesses can cause harm to your growing baby if not controlled, so prepare yourself to ensure a healthy pregnancy.