A single egg fertilised by a single sperm creates the beginning of your baby-to-be...
At the end of this week, at around day 14, ovulation takes place. This is when the egg is released from the ovary into the fallopian tube ready to be fertilised by your partner’s sperm. You only need one sperm to reach and penetrate the egg for it to become fertilized. Once this happens changes immediately occur in the egg so that other sperm are prevented from being able to fertilise it.
Within 24 hours the newly fertilised egg rapidly begins to divide into cells. It continues to divide as it makes its way slowly through the fallopian tube towards the uterus. This journey down the fallopian tube will take about three days.
An amazing fact is, that the moment your egg is fertilised your baby’s genetic makeup is complete, including its sex.
Your body starts to produce the pregnancy hormone progesterone as soon as the egg is released. Progesterone helps to prepare your uterus ready for the fertilised egg.
You may experience a twinge or a series of cramps in the lower abdomen, often on one side around the time of ovulation. This pain is thought to come from an ovary releasing an egg and is known as mittelscherz or ‘middle pain’. It is a sign that your body is getting ready for conception to take place.
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