You are now officially pregnant and a tiny, tiny egg somewhere inside you is getting ready to become a baby. It will take your egg around four days to traverse the length of your fallopian tube before landing in your uterus. Once there, it looks around for a cosy spot to set up home for the next 9 months or so. At this point it is made up of approximately 200 cells and is called a zygote.
Early signs of pregnancy are spotting, tender breasts, tiredness, moody episodes and a fondness for sitting on the toilet. This love affair with your bathroom, and the need to pee every five seconds or so, is a common symptom of pregnancy. On the plus side, as you’re going to be spending so much time there, it’s a great excuse to redecorate whilst loading up on aromatherapy candles and pregnancy magazines.
Speaking of aromatherapy, a couple of drops of lemongrass or lemon oil in a burner can make a great pick-me-up for nausea, if you’ve already experienced your first twinge. Herbal ginger tea is also a great soother, as is sucking peppermints.
Your little egg is releasing hormones that will slowly eat their way into your uterus, so it can find a comfy place to snuggle. Once it has completed this move, it will split in two. One part will become the placenta, which is where you will feed your little person around the clock 24/7, and the other part is called the embryo. The embryo will set down roots in the uterine lining to stabilise itself and take in oxygen and goodness from your bloodstream. The embryo is also the part you’re very interested in, your growing baby boy or girl. The bad news is that all this talk of storks delivering babies in pristine white cloths is not entirely correct.