Getting Pregnant – How Pregnancy Starts

Getting pregnant - Animation showing how pregnancy startsIt takes two to tango, and to make a baby. Fertility is the joint property of a man and a woman, and infertility may be due to factors in either, or between them.

For a pregnancy to occur, an egg must be released from one of a woman’s ovaries, move into the Fallopian tube, and down that towards the uterus. At the same time, sperm released during ejaculation by a man must move from the vagina through the cervix and uterus and into a fallopian tube, which contains a recently released egg. One sperm and an egg must then fuse together, start dividing into a multi celled structure, travel down the Fallopian tube and implant into the lining of the uterus, where it can obtain nutrition from the mother and continue to grow.

(Last modified: 10th Oct 2014)

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