What are the necessary steps needed to become pregnant?
Pregnancy starts off with sperm cells and an egg. When the egg is mature, it is ready to be fertilized by a sperm cell. Learn more about the process of pregnancy in our latest blog post
How does a woman get pregnant?
When sperm mixes with other fluids to make semen, which comes out of the penis during ejaculation. Millions of sperm actually come out every time you ejaculate, but it only takes 1 sperm cell to meet with an egg for pregnancy to occur. It typically takes a half-hour for fast-swimming sperm to reach the egg. Eggs live in the ovaries, and your hormones that control the menstrual cycle cause a few eggs to mature every month. When the egg is mature, it is ready to be fertilized by the sperm cell. Your hormones then make the lining of the uterus thick and spongy, therefore getting your body ready for pregnancy.
What are some early pregnancy symptoms?
Many women notice pregnancy symptoms early on, but some women may have no symptoms at all.
Some symptoms and signs of pregnancy include:
- Urinating very often
- Being very constipated
- Feeling bloated
- Feeling exhausted
- Missing your period
How long is a typical pregnancy?
- Pregnancy usually lasts for about 40 weeks.
- A premature baby is usually delivered before 37 weeks of your pregnancy.
- At 37 weeks pregnancy is considered full-term.
- Most women go into labour between 38-42 weeks of pregnancy