Learn about Pregnancy

Pregnancy begins at the point of conception, when a male’s sperm and female egg unite in the fallopian tube and fertilization occurs. At fertilization, the unique genetic make-up of the fetus is established by combining the genes of the egg and sperm. Nourishment is all it will need to grow, from the point of conception to the end of its natural life.

It takes the newly fertilized egg approximately five to seven days to travel along the fallopian tube to the uterus where it will implant into the uterine lining and continue to grow and develop. (See Reproductive Anatomy for a diagram). At implantation, the placenta is formed and begins to produce hCG, the hormone measured by pregnancy tests. There are several signs of pregnancy, the most common of which is a missed menstrual period.

The White Oak Women’s Center is dedicated to providing accurate pregnancy information to women in the Sauk Valley. If you think you may be pregnant, or would like more pregnancy information, contact White Oak Women’s Center to schedule a free appointment for pregnancy confirmation and/or pregnancy options consultation.