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Though some women claim that they become aware of their pregnancy the moment the egg meets the sperm and gets fertilize, well, most symptoms are evident on implantation which happens after the 6th day of fertilization. Therefore, this falls perfectly well within the second week. If you were trying to get pregnant, this might be the time to hold breath for more elaborate signs of pregnancy. Notably, this is still a very early stage of pregnancy and developments, and changes may take place depending on your genetics.
Baby’s (embryo) development during the second week involves the transformation of blastocyte into embryonic cells that will later grow into early structures. It also entails establishment of placenta structures and can be seen in several stages:
As the blastocyte (embryonic cells) implants and a permanent home develops, a protective barrier forms at the mouth of the cervix. This is a mechanical barrier that prevents physical barrier or even infections from outside the uterus. To guarantee the tender baby (blastocyte) even extra security, a new layer of cells (stroma cells) forms all-around the uterus.
Notably, throughout out the uterus and emerging cells, a dense network of veins with very thin layer forms to ensure that all the necessary nutrients, water, minerals, and other supplies are provided to the developing blastocyte. The network of blood also helps to clear the waste products so that the baby’s development at this early stage is fast and progressive.
While some mothers may indicate that they noted the first moment that fertilization took place, many pregnancy symptoms emerge during the second week because implantation triggers the release of pregnancy hormone and many others. Key changes at this week are mainly an extension of what was experienced during the first week but in a higher intensity.
Similar to the first week, the baby’s development is in the initial stages which are also the most risky. There is a greater risk of miscarriage in the first trimester, and you must ensure that no activity can jeopardize the process of implantation, vital organs formation, and the body’s ability to support the fetus. The following are among the top to do things for the second week;