The process of pregnancy – Female body

The process of pregnancy – Female body
Before we start on things you can or cannot do while trying to conceive, let us first educate ourselves on how pregnancy happens. The biology involved in the process of pregnancy. What, in a woman’s body is the 1st thing required for her to get pregnant?

An egg!

For women, the possibility of pregnancy begins in the ovaries, those two almond-shaped glands attached to either side of the uterus.
The ovaries come fully stocked. A woman is born with 1 to 2 million eggs – more than a lifetime’s supply. The eggs begin dying off almost immediately and she never produces any more.
Altogether, a woman probably releases about 400 eggs over the course of her reproductive years, beginning with her first period and ending with menopause (usually between ages 45 and 55).
During the middle of her menstrual cycle, most likely sometime between the 12th and 16th days, an egg reaches maturity in one of her two ovaries, then is released and quickly sucked up by the opening of the nearest fallopian tube. (These two 4-inch canals lead from the ovaries to the uterus.)
This release, called Ovulation, starts the conception clock ticking. The average egg lives only about 24 hours, so it has to be fertilized soon for conception to happen. If your egg meets up with a healthy sperm on its way to the uterus, the two can join and begin the process of creating a new life.
If not, it ends its journey at the uterus, where it either dissolves or is absorbed by the body. When pregnancy doesn’t occur, the ovary eventually stops making estrogen and progesterone (hormones that help maintain a pregnancy), and the thickened lining of the uterus is shed during your period.

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