Quick recap of the top 5 conception fundamentals you need to know

Many of us don’t really think too much about the timing of ovulation or the nitty gritty of conception until we are actually trying to get pregnant or think for a moment we could be. If you are a little rusty on your conception facts, you are in the right place.

Conception fundamentals

Top 5 conception facts you need to know

Now to save you the trauma of recalling high school biology and sex education classes, we have put together a simple list of key conception facts for you. So be informed and read on!

conception fundamentals

1. Ovulation and eggs revisited

You ovulate about halfway through your cycle. So for many this is around day 14 (day 1 being the first day of your last period).

When you ovulate, your ovaries release an egg and this egg is available for about 24 hrs. It’s usually fertilised by your partner’s sperm within 12 hours of ovulation. After 24 hours, your egg starts to die. After this point you can’t fall pregnant in this cycle and you’ll get your period.

2. A super important sperm fact

Sperm can stay alive inside your body for up to 5 days. So you basically have a 5 day window each cycle where you can have sex and fall pregnant.

3. Egg meets sperm, and the magic starts

When your egg and your partner’s sperm (and the stars, timing, genetics, luck, magic and everything else) align, you’ll have a wee little spec (fertilised egg) within you with the potential to grow into an amazing little human.

This is where the magic starts. Cells start dividing and you there you have it, an embryo. Just like that. Your embryo leisurely drifts down your fallopian tube into your womb over about 4 days.

4. Implantation insights

Implantation comes after fertilisation.

This is the bit where your fertilised egg buries into the lush lining of your womb. It will happen somewhere about 7-10 days after you ovulate. You may experience some light implantation bleeding or spotting after this happens (this is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, though not everyone experiences it or notices it).

Once implanted the embryo starts to produce the hCG hormone. This is the hormone pregnancy tests try and detect. Pregnancy tests can’t detect your pregnancy until you have enough hCG in your body.

5. The powerful period

Your period not showing up when it’s expected has the power to make you feel a whole bunch of things. Unbridled excitement, joy, anxiety or shock. Maybe all of the above or something different entirely.

Missing your period is a pretty strong indictor of pregnancy (though it is not definitive – you need a pregnancy test to know for sure).

It’s pretty simple:

  • If you get your period as normal you are most likely not pregnant.
  • If your period doesn’t show up, you may very well be pregnant.

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