• Fallopian tubes
    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...
  • Woman
    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...
  • 3 Weeks 5 Days Pregnant Blastocyst
    Week 4 of Pregnancy
    You are 3 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe ball of cells, known as the blastocyst, that will form the embryo has now completely embedded within the lining of the uterus and the lining has regenerated over it.Unfortunately, in the complex process of conception, only abou...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 23 weeks exactly
    Week 23 of Pregnancy
    You are 23 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Your baby todayExternal appearances are deceptive: although your baby seems very well developed, it's still early in the pregnancy-the state of the cervix and progesterone produced by the placenta both play a part in ensuring that labor does not ...
  • zygote dividing in two
    Week 3 of Pregnancy
    You are 2 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    What's happening insideWhen the two nuclei have pooled their genetic material to create a cell containing its full complement of 46 chromosomes-23 each from the mother and father-the cell can start dividing, shown here at the first division creat...
  • embryo dividing into 16 cells
    Week 3 of Pregnancy
    You are 2 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    What's happening insideThis is an embryo at the 16-cell stage, when it has changed from a zygote into a morula. It is in the process of dividing into a hollow ball of cells-the blastocyst-which will eventually implant in the lining of the uterus....
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 24 hours after conception
    Week 3 of Pregnancy
    You are 2 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    What's happening insideHere is a diagram of a human egg cell 24 hours after fertilization. Around the egg is a thick layer (yellow) that has now become impenetrable. The circles inside, or pro-nuclei, contain genetic material from the mother and ...
  • cervical mucus on day 10 of menstrual cycle
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 10 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideAs ovulation approaches, more cervical mucus is produced. Here it has crystallized to form a "fern leaf" pattern. Around the time of ovulation the mucus becomes clear, slippery, and stretchy, which makes it easier for sperm...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 37 weeks and 5 days
    Week 38 of Pregnancy
    You are 37 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe size of your uterus may have reduced slightly as your baby's head becomes more deeply engaged within your pelvis, allowing her body to move down. This can take some of the pressure away from your ribs, which is a welcome relief...
  • 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...
  • Pregnancy
    Week 1 of Pregnancy
    Day 3 of your Menstrual Cycle
    When you're trying to get pregnant, it helps to be aware of lifestyle and medical factors that can affect your menstrual cycle. ...
  • Pregnancy
    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. ...
  • IntimateCouple,SmilingCouple
    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...
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  • Questions to ask when considering starting a family
    Family Planning
    10 Questions to Ask When Considering Starting a Family
    1. Is it just instinct? We are preprogrammed to want children. It's nature at work. Having a family can make you feel you are doing what is natural. Try listing the pros and cons and balance instinct with the practical points you need to consid...
  • ART and Pregnancy
    Assisted Reproduction
    Assisted Reproductive Techniques and Pregnancy
    Assisted Reproductive Techniques and Pregnancy The American Society for Reproductive Medicine estimates that about 6.1 million American women and their partners are infertile—that's 10 percent of the reproductive age population! If you or yo...