• Family Genetics and Your Baby
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    The Role of Genes and Inheritance
    Genes are located on rodlike structures called chromosomes that are found in the nucleus of every cell in the body. Each gene occupies a specific position on a chromosome. Because genes provide instructions for making proteins, and proteins deter...
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    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    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 t...
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    Signs and Symptoms
    First Signs of Pregnancy
    */ The two-week wait to find out if you have conceived can feel like years if you are trying to have a baby. Some pregnancy symptoms can begin a just few days after conception, even before a positive pregnancy test would register. So how can you...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Week 1 of Pregnancy
    Your 1st Week
    It's business as usual for your body this week. You're having a period, so you know you're not pregnant. But if you conceive during this menstrual cycle, the first day of your period will count as the first day of pregnancy. It's a good idea to r...
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    Week 4 of Pregnancy
    You are 3 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe embryo is implanted and is 10 days old. The entry point at which the embryo buried into the lining of the uterus is now covered by a clot, and this prevents blood loss and protects the embryo. ...
  • ovary at the end of fallopian tube ready to release egg
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    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 pro...
  • ovary at the end of fallopian tube ready to release egg
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    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 pro...
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  • human egg surrounded by sperm
    Week 3 of Pregnancy
    You are: 2 Weeks and 1 Day
    What's happening insideHere the egg is shown surrounded by sperm. Although only one sperm will fertilize the egg, several hundred are thought to be necessary to break down its defensive layers and enable fertilization to take place. ...
  • human egg with thick outer layer
    Week 3 of Pregnancy
    You are 2 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    What's happening insideHere a human egg cell 24 hours after fertilization is artificially colored purple. Around the egg is a thick layer (yellow) that has now become impenetrable. The two red areas, or pro-nuclei, contain genetic material from t...
  • sperm cell traveling along fallopian tube
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    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. ...
  • ovarian follicles on day 8 of menstrual cycle
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    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. ...
  • ovarian follicles on day 8 of menstrual cycle
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    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. ...
  • the brain releasing hormones on day 4 of menstrual cycle
    Week 1 of Pregnancy
    Day 4 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideIn this color 3-D scan of the human brain, the green central structure is the hypothalamus. This controls emotions and body temperature, and releases chemicals that regulate the release of hormones from the pituitary gland ...
  • ovaries on day 2 of menstrual cycle
    Week 1 of Pregnancy
    Day 2 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideYour eggs are already developing, as can be seen in this color-enhanced ovary. The small white structures are the immature follicles that contain the eggs at different stages of development. Once one of the follicles mature...
  • sperm cell traveling along fallopian tube
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    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. ...
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    Ovulation and Conception
    Top 10 Tips to Boost Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
    So you've decided to have a baby. Congratulations! Now comes the hard work of actively trying to conceive. Although there is no "magic" pill to get pregnant, some simple methods have been shown to increase your odds. Whether they are scientifical...
    Lindsay Hutton