What's happening in week 2 of your pregnancy?
• Your ovary releases your egg and then travels down the fallopian tubes in hopes of being fertilized by the sperm.
• The lining of your uterus thickens in readiness to receive the fertilized egg.
• This means that you may conceive this week! It's during weeks two and three that egg and sperm are most likely to unite – resulting in your pregnancy.
How is your baby's brain developing?
• Your baby's neural tube – which will later become your baby's brain and spinal cord – starts to develop in the first month of pregnancy.
• Take a prenatal supplement with DHA to fulfill expert-recommended levels of 200 milligrams of DHA daily. This will help to support your baby's brain development.
What pregnancy symptoms might you experience this week?
Constipation is a common symptom of pregnancy. Your digestive system slows down to ensure that your growing baby will absorb nutrients from what you eat. These tips may help you to ease your discomfort and boost pregnancy health:
• Have 28 grams of fiber in your diet per day.
Fiber helps to move your stools through your system more efficiently. Good fiber sources include fresh fruits and vegetables; and whole grains, such as breads and cereals.
• Drink plenty of water.
It will help prevent constipation by softening the stool.
Even a daily walk can help your intestines to keep things moving.
Mom's Tip of the Week
Aside from alleviating constipation, exercise also has other benefits for your pregnancy, such as moderating weight gain. This early stage of pregnancy is a good time to start cultivating such healthy habits, including increasing your intake of food rich in the brain-building nutrient, DHA.