Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The Big O...No Not that One!

Yup. I definitely ovulated, hurray! Besides getting the significant temperature rise, I also got ovulation pain on my right side. It felt kind of like a mild menstrual cramping but only occurred on the one side, whereas with me, I feel menstrual cramps on both sides and in the center. Also known as mittelschmertz , which means "middle pain" it refers to a slight pain that you may feel near your abdomen or ovary at the time of ovulation. It does not necessarily occur at the exact time of ovulation and not everyone feels ovulation. As such, ovulation pain is useful to cross-check other signs, but cannot be used to definitively confirm or pinpoint ovulation. Fortunately for me, I had those two positive OPK tests to back it up! It’s amazing how in tune I am to what is going on ‘down there’ when I began to BBT chart and actual pay close attention!

If I turn out to be pregnant by a positive pregnancy test later on, that would make me 2 weeks pregnant already! Read on:

“Your egg was fertilized by a sperm that traveled along one of your Fallopian tubes towards your uterus. At the time of ejaculation, millions of your partner's sperm travel through your vagina into the fallopian tube. Only a few hundred sperm actually reach the egg and only one of them is allowed to enter the egg's protective coating. This is fertilization.

At the time of fertilization, chemical changes take place to prevent any other sperm from penetrating the egg. When this happens, the body of the sperm dissolves and its nucleus, which contains all its genetic material, fuses with that of your egg and rapid cell division begins. By now it is a cluster of cells, barely the size of a pinhead but multiplying rapidly.

Your baby's genetic blueprint and sex are already determined. Though you may be unaware that you are pregnant, this early stage of pregnancy is very important for your developing baby. At this point, the embryo is just 0.006 inches (0.150mm) long. Cell division is rapid and cells are formed into a ball-like configuration. The fertilized egg is traveling down your fallopian tube towards your uterus where it will implant.”

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