The lines on that stick have not turned blue yet but the body is already miraculously mixing up the right stuff to make a baby. About a week before conception the body is working double time. A woman’s uterine lining will begin to thicken thanks to an increase in estrogen and progesterone. This move prepares the body to potentially receive and support a fertilized egg. While the tissue thickens, in the ovaries the eggs are developing into sacs called follicles. During ovulation, a mature egg is released from a follicle.
- Ovulation: What exactly happens during ovulation? Women are all familiar with cramps, mood swings and dealing with periods but what exactly is the deal with the precursor to bleeding? While every woman’s cycle varies, they usually range anywhere between 15 to 35 days. During that cycle ovulation, when the egg is released from one of the ovaries, usually occurs 14 days before a woman’s period begins. For example, if a woman with a 28-day cycle had the first day of her period on August 1, then she will probably ovulate on August 10 and her fertile window will continue until August 5.
- Conception: After spending so many years trying to not get pregnant it seems like conceiving a baby would be a simple task. Yet, it’s not that easy. During that small window the egg will become fertilized if one of those millions of sperm successfully swims all the way from the vagina to the fallopian tubes and finally burrows itself into the egg. Women who are trying should begin taking dha prenatal vitamins even before conception. Having this folic acid and other nutrients already in the system pre-conception will be even more beneficial for the baby.
- Successful Journey: If the sperm manages to survive that long trip, the baby’s gender will be established during the next 10 to 30 hours. On its way up to the uterus, the fertilized egg or zygote, divides into cells and then implants into the lining of the uterus.
- I’m Pregnant! If the conception was fruitful, then those two blue lines should pop up in two weeks or so. Then what was once a ball of cells, will continue to grow into that cooing little cute baby full of giggles and kisses.