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Conceiving - Signs of Conception and Pregnancy

Updated: Feb 23

The one common dream of woman who is looking forward to embrace motherhood is of course, conceiving a baby as soon as possible! Childbirth continues to happen the same way since it used to be at the time of Adam and Eve, although the mystery behind the fact that some women conceive soon after intercourse while others may take months to years to be blessed with a baby is still unresolved.

Conception is the process of implantation of a fertilized embryo within the uterine wall where the embryo will develop and grow into a viable foetus. The reason that some women conceive earlier than others is still unknown. However, there are certain factors that determine the probability of conceiving and getting pregnant sooner.

Successful conception requires healthy male and female reproductive systems. Once the semen that is enriched with healthy and motile sperms is ejaculated inside the female reproductive tract, the sperms travel through the female reproductive tract, up into the fallopian tubes where they fuse with a mature female ovum that has been released from one of the ovaries. This fusion of a healthy male sperm with a female ovum is known as fertilization and this process is the basis for growing up a new life. Therefore, sexual health of the couple, frequency and timing of sexual intercourse and age of the woman play a crucial role in achieving successful conception. In most cases, more than 80% of sexually active couples conceive within a year of unprotected intercourse. The success rate increases if the intercourse takes place during the more fertile days of female menstrual cycle, which are usually somewhere before 12 to 14 days of next period date of the woman.

Once conception has taken place, the woman is said to become pregnant. Since every female body is different, the number and severity of symptoms experienced by one can differ from the other. The signs of conception experienced by most women during early pregnancy may include some or all of the following:

  • Cramps that are often similar to menstrual cramps

  • Slight spotting

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Headache and dizziness

Almost all of these symptoms go away on their own after the first few weeks of pregnancy. Medical intervention is hardly needed unless otherwise suggested by the gynaecologists. Adequate rest and a healthy diet are what prescribed by all OB/GYN during early pregnancy.

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