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PREGNANCY WEEK 2: The Burrowing

What’s Happening In This Week?

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In week 2, the fertilized egg has become a blastocyst and is now attached to the lining of your uterus.

The blastocyst consists of a clump of cells that can be categorized as outer and inner cells:

  1. The inner cells will rapidly multiply and soon become your baby.
  2. The outer cells, in the other hand, will start to penetrate the uterus lining to form the placenta that will provide your baby with the nutrients and oxygen it needs.
Shows the stages of  egg fertilization.  There are 7 stages, and in this week, your baby is in the 7th stage-the blastocyst stage-
Egg fertilization process. Your baby is now in the blastocyst stage.

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Blood Supply Increases Now That Your Body is Supplying For Two!

There are only very subtle changes to your body by this time and most times, it would go unnoticed.

Changes such as an increase in the blood supply to certain areas of your body like your breasts and vulva causing your nipples to be particularly more sensitive, and your vulva darker.

Some people might even experience spotting or light bleeding which was cause by the blastocyst burrowing itself into the wall lining of your womb.

Of course, every mother would experience pregnancy differently, so do not fret if these changes does not occur to you.

Vitamin D Good for Early Pregnancy.

Other than folic acid, vitamin D is also a good nutrient to have during pregnancy as it helps prevents preeclampsia, low birth weight, and premature birth.

Vitamin D helps the body regulate calcium and phosphorus in the body, so it is best to take during early pregnancy as your body prepares to care for your child.

Vitamin D is abundant in salmon, red meat, egg yolks, mackerel, and many more. As an expecting mother, you would only need 0.015 mg of Vitamin D daily.

Here is a recipe that you can try making at home!

Activities That You Can Do

As you usually would not know whether you are pregnant or not during this period, if you planning on conceiving, you can start on doing some exercises that can help you through your pregnancy later such as prenatal yoga or pelvic exercises.

Staying fit and active during pregnancy also helps you control that weight gain, making it easier for you lose it after pregnancy and return to your original body shape.

Here is an exercise you can try:

Pelvic exercise can help strengthen your pelvic bones making you less likely to face incontinence during the later stages of your pregnancy.

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Pelvic curl

1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground, about the width of your hip.

2. Take a deep breath. Tuck in your hips as you exhale so that your spine is pressed against the floor.

3. Keep your hips tucked and continue exhaling slowly as you lift your spine of the floor bit by bit.

4. Inhale again when your lifts reach your shoulder blades and then exhale as you gently go back to the first position. That is one rep.

5. Repeat steps about 10 to 15 reps.

This video may help illustrate the movement better.

Pelvic Curl by The Pilates Workshop

For pregnancy safety precautions, please consult with your doctor before attempting this exercise or if you feel pain while doing the exercise, refrain yourself from continuing.

We want you to have a safe and healthy pregnancy!

Check out what’s happening in the third week.

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