Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Early Development in Pregnancy

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

From the mother, the egg carries 23 chromosomes, the tiny structures carrying genes that guide development. The sperm contributes 23 chromosomes from the father. When these chromosomes unite, the new cell contains 46 chromosomes which hold the information that makes the baby a unique individual. Physical features, such as eye or hair color, are encoded within the chromosomes. The gender of the baby is determined by two specific chromosomes, referred to as the “sex chromosomes.” Two “X” chromosomes make a girl, an “X” and a “Y” make a boy. Because a woman can only give an “X” chromosome, it is the sperm that determines the sex of the baby. (more…)

Ovulation Detection Methods

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

There are several different ways to track when ovulation occurs in your cycle, and you may need to practice these methods for several cycles before getting pregnant. The first method for detecting ovulation is the cervical mucus method. The consistency of the cervical mucus changes throughout a woman’s cycle. At the beginning of the cycle, it is thick and cloudy; it then becomes more transparent and thin as ovulation approaches. At the time of ovulation, the mucus is at its thinnest and most transparent, and is also quite elastic.