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EGG TO FETUS • Do you know what happens in the first hours, days and weeks of pregnancy? The journey from egg to fetus is pretty amazing! Here’s a quick breakdown of the magic that happens during the earliest stages of a pregnancy. . Ovulation 🥚 in the first couple for weeks of pregnancy, you aren’t actually pregnant! You’re preparing to release an egg, and the exact timing of ovulation depends on your individual cycle (not necessarily day 14). . Fertilisation 💥 After ovulation, the egg travels down the fallopian tube towards some waiting sperm and is fertilised. . Zygote to blastocyst 🧬 In the moment that the egg and sperm are united, a single cell called a zygote is formed. This tiny cell contains all the genetic information needed to form a new person! Over the next few days a rapid process of cell division will happen, as the zygote morphs into a ball of cells called a blastocyst. . Implantation➕ between 6 to 12 days after ovulation, the blastocyst implants in the lining of the uterus. Some (but not all) women experience ‘implantation spotting’ which can be the very first sign of pregnancy. After implantation happens, your body starts to secrete human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), the hormone which is detected in pregnancy tests. If you test now, you may see a positive result! . Embryo 💗around week 5 the amniotic sac is developed, and this signals the start of the embryonic period which will last around 6 weeks. This is a crucial period of development when all the organs and main systems in your baby’s body will be formed. By around week 6, the heart will begin to beat and if you have an early ultrasound, you may even be able to see and hear it beating. As your body is working hard and your hCG levels rise quickly, you may begin to experience symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea and fatigue. . Fetus 👏 From the start of the 11th week of pregnancy, your developing baby will officially be described as a fetus. At this stage your developing baby is still only around 5 centimetres long – but it has come a long way in the 9 weeks since ovulation! . 📸 @renderburger #earlypregnancy #pregnant #pregnancy #preggo #fertilisation #embryo #fetus #foetus