The second week is when your body has an egg all lined up for dispatch. It is getting ready to make its journey down one of your fallopian tubes, in the hopes of being fertilised. Fertilisation is the fun bit, enjoy it while you can. When you find yourself 8 months pregnant, you have to become very creative when it comes to bedroom activities. Actually, some people consider fluffing pillows bedroom activities when they are 7 months pregnant, let alone 8.
This week is all about bedroom antics, unless you hadn’t guessed. Approximately 140 to 500 million tiny sperm will be doing battle to reach that one little egg. Only a measly 200 will actually make the grade and out of that 200, just one will manage to boogie his or her way to victory.
Now is a good time to take a look at your diet and make sure you aren’t taking any vitamin A supplements. Excessive levels of vitamin A have been associated with several birth defects, including malformations of the head, brain, heart and spinal cord. Avoid eating liver or pate, which is also rich in vitamin A.
You’ll also want to increase your calcium intake. If your growing baby doesn’t get enough calcium, they will literally steal it from your bones and teeth, which isn’t good news for you later in life. You’ll need approximately 1200 milligrams of calcium a day whilst pregnant. Calcium rich foods are broccoli, spinach, tinned fish and dairy products.
At the end of this week a mind blowing event will occur, you will become pregnant. Your egg will have been fertilised and will split into two nuclei, half mom’s gorgeous genes and half dad’s dodgy ones. That little ball of cells will double rapidly every 12 hours and will already know whether it’s going to be a boy or a girl. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait at least another 16 weeks or so to find out.