Week 2 of Pregnancy - FamilyEducation

Week 2 of Pregnancy

First Trimester

Your 2nd Week

Your "fertile window" is approaching and this could be the time you conceive.
Fallopian tubes
Ovulation
1. Cilia (small hairs) lining the fimbriae produce currents that help move the egg into the fallopian tube.
2. Inside the ovary, the empty egg follicle produces the hormone progesterone, which stimulates the lining of the uterus to thicken.
3. Fimbriae, the fingerlike projections at the end of the fallopian tube, reach for the egg and sweep it gently into the tube.
4. Fluid from the egg follicle is released with the mature egg.
5. The mature egg is released from its follicle and breaks through the surface of the ovary. To meet a sperm, and be fertilized, it must enter the fallopian tube.
6. The wall of the fallopian tube contracts and relaxes to draw the egg into the tube for its journey to the uterus.
Cilia (small hairs) lining the fimbriae produce currents that help move the egg into the fallopian tube.Inside the ovary, the empty egg follicle produces the hormone progesteroneFimbriae, the fingerlike projections at the end of the fallopian tube.Fluid from the egg follicle is released with the mature egg.The mature egg is released from its follicle and breaks through the surface of the ovary.The wall of the fallopian tube contracts and relaxes to draw the egg into the tube for its journey to the uterus.
Toward the end of this week, one of the eggs in your ovaries is likely to have reached full maturity. Ovulation occurs as the egg, under the influence of hormones, bursts out of its follicle. If it meets a sperm, you may become pregnant. Now is the time to enjoy lots of sex with your partner, so go for it-as often as you like. If you have any anxieties about fertility, try to put them aside and relax.

Day 11 of your Menstrual Cycle

What's happening insideThe lining of the fallopian tube, seen here, has a moist mucous membrane. This contains cells (brown) that protect the tube's surface. The hairlike cilia (blue) move the eggs along the tubes following ovulation. read more

Day 12 of your Menstrual Cycle

What's happening insideThis mature ovarian follicle contains a fluid-filled cavity (pale pink) known as the follicular antrum. At this stage, just prior to ovulation, one follicle has become much larger than the others, and it is this follicle that will rupture to release an egg. read more

Day 13 of your Menstrual Cycle

What's happening insideThe sperm cell can be seen here inside the fallopian tube. Since sperm can stay active and alive inside you for up to 72 hours, it's possible to get pregnant even if you don't ovulate for two to three days from now. read more

Day 14 of your Menstrual Cycle

What's happening insideThe ovary can be seen here at the end of the fallopian tube. At around this time of the menstrual cycle, a follicle at the surface of the ovary releases an egg, which is swept down the tube by clearly visible fingerlike projections called fimbriae. read more

Day 8 of Your Menstrual Cycle

What's happening insideHere, three developing ovarian follicles can be seen in white. The inner circle of each is the egg. Of the follicles shown, it is likely that only one will fully mature at ovulation and release an egg. read more

Day 9 of your Menstrual Cycle

What's happening insideIn your partner's body, sperm is constantly being produced. Here the sperm cells can be seen: they consist of a head (green), which contains the genetic material, and fertilizes the egg, and a tail (blue), which propels the sperm along. read more

Week 2 of Pregnancy

Toward the end of this week, one of the eggs in your ovaries is likely to have reached full maturity. Ovulation occurs as the egg, under the influence of hormones, bursts out of its follicle. If it meets a sperm, you may become pregnant. Now is the time to enjoy lots of sex with your partner, so go for it-as often as you like. If you have any anxieties about fertility, try to put them aside and relax. read more