In less than 1 year you will create a human being, a child who will change your life in so many ways. Let’s walk through those amazing days together, week by week...
Week 1 - 280 days to go
Did you know that this week starts with the first day of your menstrual period? On average, you will ovulate in 2 weeks’ time and that is when the real magic will begin!
Your menstrual cycle will last about 28 days and during this first week you will shed the lining of your womb and have your period. Your period will last its usual 5-7 days. This is going to be a very special cycle.
Week 2 - 273 days to go
Your body is producing a special hormone called follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) that will help mature around 1 to 2 dozen follicles inside your ovaries.
Fertilisation has not yet occurred. The lining of the womb, your uterus will start to thicken once your menstrual flow ends. This is where your egg will settle and start to grow once it has been fertilised.
Week 3 - 266 days to go
This week a mature egg will be released from your ovary and start its journey down your Fallopian tube. You may feel some pain on your right or left side as ovulation occurs. It takes your egg around 5 days to travel down your tube to the uterus. As soon as your egg is fertilised the cells begin to divide making more and more cells very quickly. During this time the code for every one of your baby’s features will be set – gender, hair colour, height…
Your body is now producing a bunch of hormones that will make your vaginal mucous more watery so the sperm can hurry through to find that egg hiding high up in your Fallopian tube. Sperm can survive for about 5 days inside your body. Your egg will survive for only 24 hours after ovulation!! This means your ‘fertile window’ opens 4-5 days before ovulation and closes just 24 hours after ovulation. This is when you are most likely to conceive.
Week 4 - 259 days to go
The fertilised egg is just a bundle of cells multiplying rapidly at the moment. This week the fertilised egg will burrow into the lining of your uterus. The high levels of progesterone have made the lining of your uterus thick and spongy. The special cells that have formed are ready to develop into the amniotic sac and your little embryo with its own placenta.
Your body will start producing another hormone, the human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) that will maintain high levels of progesterone to ensure that your new little embryo survives. By the end of this week you are likely to have a positive home pregnancy test. You may start to feel a little bloated and you may experience some light spotting known as ‘implantation bleeding’.
Only 252 days to go!!!
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