Symptoms of Pregnancy at 2 Weeks
Because the time of conception is difficult to pinpoint, practitioners count 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual cycle to calculate your due date. According to this figure, it means that you’re almost 2 weeks pregnant at the time of conception. It sounds crazy, but it’s just the general guide most practitioners and midwives go by. You’d actually be ovulating sometime during those 2 weeks. This is good to know if you and your partner are trying to conceive—it’s an ideal time to get down to baby-making. The optimal time for fertilization is 12 to 24 hours after ovulating.
For those who aren’t exactly planning to become pregnant, but excited none-the-less, you might notice some changes in your body around 2 weeks from conception. These symptoms could include:
• Sensitive, sore, or fuller breasts
• Food aversions/cravings
• Increased urination
While these symptoms are likely due to hormonal changes in the body, they don’t all point to pregnancy. You could be getting sick, or you might be gearing up for another menstrual cycle—if you’re not one to keep track each month, these symptoms could mean that your monthly “friend” is about to rear her ugly head. If you’ve been paying close attention to your body, and you’re noticing the symptoms above, an inexpensive, over-the-counter pregnancy test might be able to confirm your suspicions. While most pregnancy tests can confirm pregnancy a day or two after a missed period, 2 weeks into a pregnancy may be a bit too early to give you the answers you’re looking for.
The best thing you can do is to pay attention to what your body is telling you and react accordingly. Take care of yourself—if you’re tired or dizzy, get some rest. Drink lots of water or consider taking a prenatal vitamin before that first trip to the OB/GYN. While it may be too early to start picking out names, it’s never too early when it comes to your health and possibly the health of your baby.
The symptoms listed above are also common in other ailments, so try not to get too excited (or disappointed) until you’ve received confirmation from a test or a visit to your doctor. If you have other strange symptoms like fever, swelling, intense pain, or excessive bleeding, don’t hesitate to contact your physician or seek out medical attention.
Whether you’re excited, nervous, or just plain scared, pregnancy is a whirlwind of hormones and emotions, so try not to freak out just yet. Patience is definitely a virtue, and if you’re pregnant, your patience will be tested over and over again before your child even sees the light of day.
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant, and these symptoms have you hopeful, don’t let a negative pregnancy test dampen your spirit. Take another test in a week or two if you’re still experiencing symptoms, or call your doctor and schedule an appointment for testing. You might be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.