There’s still no baby in your belly, but the miraculous journey is about to begin. You’re ovulating, and when your egg is fertilized by your partner’s sperm, you will conceive.
The first day of your last period was around two weeks ago, so if you get pregnant, you can get a positive test result two weeks after ovulation, which is probably starting right now or will start very soon.
To boost your chances of getting pregnant, it’s best to schedule sex to your fertile window, which includes the five days immediately prior ovulation and the ovulation day itself. That’s because sperm can survive for about three days inside your body after ejaculation, while your egg’s lifespan is no longer than 24 hours, so you want to “cover” the whole window.
Your ovulation will start at the beginning of what is considered the second week of pregnancy: An egg will leave the ovary and enter a fallopian tube to be fertilized by your partner’s sperm during the next day.
The sperm, too, has quite a journey to make; the journey begins from your vagina, through the cervix, the uterus and finally, the fallopian tube. From the 250 million sperm cells that enter the vagina, only 400 cells will reach the egg, and only one will successfully penetrate its outer membrane.
The egg will stay in the fallopian tube for 3 to 4 days. Within 24 hours after fertilization, the cells of the egg, (now called a zygote) will start to multiply while the zygote continues the journey from the fallopian tube to the uterus. During this journey, the zygote will turn into a mass of cells called morula. After reaching the uterus, the ball of cells is called a blastocyst and contains an inner part that will become the baby, an outer part that will become the placenta and what will become the amniotic sac, usually called the bag of waters. There, the implantation will finally take place.
Your baby’s genes and sex are set once the egg is fertilized! Here’s how it happens: As the female chromosome is X, the egg only has an X chromosome. Sperm can have either an X or a Y, so if it has a Y chromosome, you will give birth to a boy (XY). If it has an X chromosome, you will have a girl (XX).
What is happening inside your body during the second week of pregnancy? The most obvious and important symptom is – a missed period. No need to explain! Other than that, you may experience mild cramps in the lower abdomen, tender breasts, nausea, white discharge, and feel extremely exhausted, especially in the evening when you may find it hard to keep your eyes open.
Light spotting or bleeding is very common in the first trimester, especially in the first few weeks of pregnancy. The most common cause is implantation bleeding when the fertilized egg is attaching itself to the uterus wall. The spotting can last a few days and may easily be mistaken for a light period. Other causes for spotting in early pregnancy are a mild infection, changes in the cervix that trigger heavier blood flow to the cervix, or a cervical polyp (a growth on the cervix which is absolutely harmless).
All of the above are not likely to harm your pregnancy, but since bleeding can sometimes be a sign of miscarriage or ectopic or molar pregnancy, it is best to get in contact with your doctor to make sure everything is in OK. You may be recommended to take a few routine drops of blood and urine tests and the doctor will offer to examine your vagina and have an ultrasound scan to see what’s going on. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience severe abdominal pain and bleeding that doesn’t stop after a few days but becomes heavier.
You may be wondering if there’s anything else you can do to boost your chances to get pregnant as fast as possible or even to have a boy or a girl. Let’s go over some popular beliefs and theories.
1. Will Certain Sexual Positions Increase your Chances to get Pregnant?
Many believe that the missionary position will do the trick, but there’s no evidence to that. Same goes for the common belief that lifting your legs and lying down after intercourse will help you conceive, so just relax and enjoy the process.
2. Are there Symptoms of having a Boy or a Girl?
A woman passing-by told you that judging by the shape of your tummy or the shape of the hair on the back of your first child’s neck (!), you will have a girl. You may have a girl indeed, but tummy and hair shape has nothing to do with that.
3. How long does it take to get pregnant?
You can get pregnant the first time you try, and 30 percent actually manage to conceive in a month. For 59 percent, it takes about three months and 80 percent conceive within six months of trying. The numbers don’t end there, but the above gives a pretty accurate idea of your chances, and they’re pretty good! To speed thing up to use ovulation tests – this way, you will be able to schedule sex to your fertile window instead of having sex every two days, unless you really want to.
4. How to Conceive a Girl or a Boy?
There is a theory that eating certain foods may increase the chances to have a baby of a certain sex. According to a five-year study conducted by scientists from Maastricht University in Holland, you should go for salty (sodium-rich) and potassium-rich food if you want a boy. To have a girl, you need a diet rich in magnesium and calcium. If you manage to stick to the diet, there’s no harm in trying.
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