The World of Pregnancy

9 Aspects Involving Conception that May Concern You

Have you ever asked yourself questions regarding the idea of conceiving a baby? Do you want to remain pregnant and all you want is find out more about the miracle of conception? This means you are in the right place.

Planning the Gender of a Baby based on the Conception Date

Although the idea of planning your future baby`s gender based on the date of the sexual contact seems attractive, this is impossible from a scientific point of view.

The gender of the baby is determined by genetic information, contained by the male sexual cell, and as mentioned above, in the process of fertilization there are tens or even hundreds of millions of sperm, half of which may conceive a boy, and the other half a girl.

The activity of sperm doesn`t depend on the calendar day, the month, the position in which the intercourse took place or other such factors; that`s why is impossible to predict or influence the choice of sperm that will fertilize the egg in natural conditions.

Currently, there are lots of information and recommendations online regarding the way in which you can conceive a boy or girl by choice, but they are useful and worthless. The apparent “efficiency” of one of these methods can be easily explained: the chances of conceiving a baby of a certain gender is, averagely, of 50% which is a lot in terms of probability theory. Due to this reason, what is considered regularity in a specific way of conceiving a baby of a certain gender is actually a coincidence.

The “selection” of the baby`s gender is possible only in case of artificial insemination.

What Happens in the Woman`s Body after Conception?

From the moment of implantation, in the woman`s organism starts to develop a pregnancy. Soon after that, the uterus starts to grow gradually, the cervix closes tightly and lengthens, and in one of the ovaries is produced a special area (corpus luteum) that produces the necessary hormones for maintaining the pregnancy.

What Are those Sensations after Conception?

The human organism is a complex system which runs simultaneously multiple processes which cause different sensations. Although conception, usually, isn`t felt by the woman, still lots of times it`s credited with such symptoms like abdominal pains, irritability, fatigue, drowsiness, changes of appetite, which in fact have nothing to do with conception and only happen at the same time with it.

Asking herself the questions about sensations after conception, the woman is actually interested in the possibility of establishing based on them if the conception has occurred. To this question, the “conception” term is used with the “sexual contact” term.

In the first 1 – 2 weeks, there couldn`t be any sensation associated with conception. Later, there may be signs of pregnancy, but not sooner.

In lots of cases, a conception may pass unnoticed for a woman. Lots of them find out after the pregnancy after 1 – 2 months or even later.

What Do Abdominal Pains after Conception Mean?

Abdominal pains, which occur during the first 1 – 2 weeks after intercourse, cannot have something to do with the conception or pregnancy.

At some women, the process of implantation of the embryo, which takes place in around 2 weeks after intercourse, can be accompanied by a mild dull abdominal pain, which is similar to the pains during menstruation.

Dull or acute pains in the inferior part of the abdomen, in the right or left (the ovary area), occurred after 1 – 2 – 3 months from conception, can be signs of ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.

What Could Vaginal Discharge after Conception Mean?

Brown, pink or bloody vaginal discharges, which appear immediately or after a few days from intercourse, cannot have any relation with conception and are, usually, either a sign of imminent menstruation or gynecological disease.

Around 1 – 2 weeks after intercourse, during implantation, there may be brownish or bloody vaginal discharges (rarely pink discharges) which last a few hours.

Bloody or brown vaginal discharges, which are noticed a few weeks after conception, can be a sign of miscarriage, but lots of women who up till that moment didn`t even know they are pregnant consider them as periods.

A vaginal discharge, which started after 2 – 3 months from conception, can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.

What Do Nausea and Vomiting after Conception Mean?

Lots of women, especially those who are afraid by the possibility of a pregnancy, feel nausea and even vomiting a few days after intercourse, and they even associate these as pregnancy signs.

In fact, nausea and vomiting (the first few days and even a few weeks after intercourse) cannot have something to do with conception or pregnancy.

Gestation, as a sign of pregnancy, can appear no sooner than 8 weeks of pregnancy.

How to Behave after Conception?

After conception, it`s important to follow a few basic rules:

  • It`s necessary to consult a doctor to be sure that the embryo is attached properly and that you don`t have en ectopic pregnancy.
  • Don`t administrate any new medication, if you didn`t discussed it with your doctor first who knows that you are pregnant or you are trying to remain pregnant.
  • If you have taken medications before conceiving to treat any chronic diseases (for example, arrhythmia, epilepsy), don`t stop taking them, but talk to your doctor as soon as possible about the fact that you may be pregnant.
  • You can eat, practice sports and work as usually, but be careful not to become too tired.

Can I Have Sexual Intercourse after Conception?

Yes, sexual contacts are allowed after conception. This cannot affect the process of conception or of pregnancy development in any way, especially if you didn`t had any serious problems with conceiving or pregnancies lost until then.

Is Alcohol Consumption after Conception Allowed?

After conception, you should give up consuming alcohol. Alcohol drinks, especially those consumed frequently and in large quantities, can affect a developing pregnancy quite a lot.

Even so, if shortly before or during conception you consumed alcohol (e.g. a party with friends), you don`t need to worry – this will most likely don`t affect your future baby.

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