If you think you’ve spotted the first signs of pregnancy, you’ll be eager to take a pregnancy test. Some tests are designed to be very sensitive, and can detect pregnancy hormones as early as six days after you’ve conceived. This could be as early as the end of this week.
However, the most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Pregnancy tests will be more accurate if you wait to take one after your period was due. So, it may be best if you wait a little longer before you take your first test.
Your Baby’s Development
This may sound strange, but you’re still not pregnant! Fertilization of your egg by the sperm will only take place near the end of this week — read more about fertilization in the Your Body section below.
Although you’ll have to wait to find out what color to paint the nursery, your baby’s gender will be determined at the moment of fertilization. Out of the 46 chromosomes that make up a baby’s genetic material, only two — one from the sperm and one from the egg — determine the baby’s sex. These are known as the sex chromosomes. Every egg has an X sex chromosome; a sperm can have either an X or a Y sex chromosome. If the sperm that fertilizes your egg has an X chromosome, you’ll have a girl; if it has a Y chromosome, your baby will be a boy.
Your uterine lining, which will nourish the baby, is developing, and your body secretes follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which stimulates an egg to mature. At the end of this week, you will be at the midpoint of your menstrual cycle (if you have a regular 28-day cycle), and ovulation will occur (your ovary will release an egg into the fallopian tube).
This is when you’re most likely to conceive. If you have sexual intercourse without protection around the time that you ovulate, you can become pregnant. After your partner ejaculates, millions of sperm travel through the vagina, and hundreds make it to the fallopian tube, where your egg is waiting. One sperm generally succeeds in penetrating the egg, and fertilization takes place. When that happens, you will be pregnant — although you will not be feeling any body changes just yet.
Pregnancy symptoms at two weeks
Even though you’re in the very early stages of pregnancy, you may already have certain symptoms this week. For example, pregnancy increases the blood supply to your breasts, so you may experience a prickling or tingling sensation in them. Your nipples may be particularly sensitive.
Another early sign that you’re expecting is a change of colour in your vulva. Usually, your vulva and vagina are a pale pink colour, but pregnancy will make them darker. This is also caused by increased blood flow.
You may also notice that the amount of vaginal discharge that you have increases. This discharge is usually harmless, and won’t look that different from the discharge you had before pregnancy.
Some light bleeding or spotting is common at two weeks pregnant. If you’ve noticed any pink or brown-coloured stains in your knickers, or light cramping when you go to the toilet, it’s probably an implantation bleed. This happens as your fertilised egg buries into the lining of your womb.
Your pregnancy to-do list at two weeks
- Discover more signs of pregnancy at two weeks.
- It’s never too early to start taking pregnancy supplements. Find out why folic acid is important for your growing baby.
- Find out which chemicals you need to be careful of during pregnancy, including household cleaners, and even deodorant.