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Your pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy goes on for nine months and there’s lots happening every week. If you’re curious to find out more about how your baby is growing read on …….

WEEK THREE: If a sperm fertilises your egg in your fallopian tubes a rapid process of cell division begins. The fertilised egg is known as a zygote with a single set of 46 chromosomes containing all the genetic material from the two parents to make a baby. At this stage it is just a disc of cells. It will travel down the fallopian tubes, cells dividing rapidly and then known as a blastocyst, a hollow cyst.

Your pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy goes on for nine months and there’s lots happening every week. If you’re curious to find out more about how your baby is growing read on …….

WEEK TWO: By the end of the second week of your menstrual cycle one of your ovaries will release an egg[i] – this is referred to as ovulation. The timing of this does vary though according to the length of your cycle, so it’s best not to get too hung up about timing sex to coincide with this moment. You then have a window of 12 to 24 hours for sperm to penetrate the egg. Sperm can live for several days though.

 

[i] http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/fetal-development

Your pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy goes on for nine months and there’s lots happening every week. If you’re curious to find out more about how your baby is growing read on …….

WEEK ONE: It sounds bonkers to date your pregnancy from before you’ve even conceived, but because it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact time of conception, doctors and midwives do precisely this. Your pregnancy is therefore dated from the first day of your last period. This is referred to as gestational age.