Some women have no idea they've conceived at this early date. Others can tell the exact moment it happened. Either way, conception is a magical moment for a couple, and for the woman her body will grow and change in unexpected ways.
Here's what you need to know about conception:
- Ovulation usually happens mid-cycle (on day 14 of a 28-day cycle),
- During ovulation an egg is released from the ovary and travels to a nearby Fallopian tube.
- If a man's sperm makes its way to the same spot in the Fallopian tube within the next 12 to 24 hours, it may fertilize that egg.
- Pregnancy only occurs when the fertilized ovum, called a zygote, travels down the Fallopian tube and attaches to the wall of the uterus.
Here's the catch: The average egg lives only 24 hours. The average sperm lives for 72 hours. So they have to connect in the first few hours after sex if you're going to conceive.
The moral of the story: If your goal is to get pregnant, aim to make love at least every other day during the middle of your cycle (days 10 to 18).