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How Pregnancy Happens

Have you ever wondered how a baby is formed in your womb? Yes, we need a healthy egg and sperm, but what exactly are the things that need to happen in order for you to become pregnant?
Basically, there are 3 main stages a woman needs to go through for a pregnancy to take place. They are ovulation, fertilisation and implantation. Each stage is critical and we shall take you through them one by one.

Ovulation: When the egg is released Unlike men whose sperm can be released at any time, a woman’s eggs will only be available at a certain time each month. Usually Only one egg is released each month, from either of the two ovaries. Occasionally two or more eggs can be released giving rise to multiple babies. Ovulation does not occur simply at any time. In fact, it is released during the ovulation period. Find out your ovulation date here
Fertilization: When the sperm meets the egg When couples have unprotected sexual intercourse, the ejected sperms swim across the vagina and cervical canal to either one of the Fallopian tubes where they will meet the egg (ovum) that was released. Fertilisation only occurs if the sperm successfully penetrates the ovum.
Implantation: When the fertilised egg stick to the walls The fertilised egg starts to develop and the cells in it will divide. After that, it will travel down to the uterus and attaches itself to the uterine lining This process is called implantation. If it fails to implant, both the egg and thickened endometrium will be shed and this causes menstrual period. Now that you know about these stages, you can see that getting pregnant is not as easy as it seems. Some people get pregnant the first time they have unprotected sexual intercourse, while others may take more than 6 months to a year or even longer to conceive. Anything can happen in between the 3 stages mentioned above.

If you want to know more about pregnancy and how the foetus develops, check out this short video here!

Fun fact: Did you know that after an egg is fertilised, it will continue to divide and form an embryo. This embryo will contain highly potent stem cells! Aside from that, did you also know that the baby’s umbilical cord is rich with stem cells that have medical potentials? Click here to read more on its potential!

Article source: How Pregnancy (Conception) Occurs . My Health.Alberta.Ca. Accessed April 28, 2022. Conception: How it works UCSF Health. Accessed April 28,2022.


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