How does pregnancy begin?
When is gender determined?
When does the heart start to beat?
There are many things you want to know before making a decision about your pregnancy. It is important to understand some basics about fetal development.
- Usually around 2 weeks after the first day of a woman’s menstrual period, she releases an egg from one of her ovaries.
- If a woman has sex around the time of ovulation, conception – also known as fertilization – may happen.
- When fertilization occurs, the baby’s features, including sex, hair and eye color, have already been determined.
- Just 21 days after conception the fetus’s heart begins to beat.
First Care Clinic has peer advocates and nurses who can help you learn about the stage of development that your fetus would be at during the current stage of your pregnancy.