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|Week #2 of Pregnancy|
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From the moment of conception your baby's miraculous genetic map will outline the foundation for his or her sweet life. Your egg, which contains 23 chromosomes, and your partner's sperm, which contain another 23 chromosomes, will combine to create the unique, one-of-a-kind, baby that will soon be growing deep within you. From the moment the two meet, your baby's height, hair, eye color, gender, and many other genetic factors will be determined, though they will remain a mystery to you for several more months. Your egg contains an "x" chromosome. Your partner's sperm will contain either an "x" or a "y" chromosome. If his "x" swimmer makes its way to your egg first, nine (or ten) months from now you will welcome a beautiful baby girl into this world. If, on the other hand, your partner's "y" sperm wins the amazing race, your family will soon be blessed with a busy, baby boy. Your little miracle will soon divide into two cells, then four. It will continue to re-divide as it makes its way down your fallopian tube, eventually arriving in your uterus as a ball of thirty cells. Then, after implanting and settling into his or her forty week home, all of those mysterious genetic codes can continue to be unraveled and your sweet one can get busy becoming the little miracle that you will look forward to holding.|
This is the week in your menstrual cycle that you will have the greatest chance of conceiving. Typically, most women ovulate two weeks after their last cycle and two weeks before their next one is due. If you typically have a 28 day cycle, you will probably be most fertile between days 11-14 of your current cycle. If you are trying to pinpoint when in your cycle you ovulate, pay close attention to or consider using the following:|
Once you ovulate, and you and your partner are able to enjoy some good old-fashioned alone time, millions of sperm will valiantly make their way towards the egg that is patiently waiting in your fallopian tube for the winner of this most amazing race. A few hundred will make it all the way to the egg, but only one will break through the egg's protective barrier. Once inside, a chemical is released that prevents any other sperm from making their way into the egg. The body of the sperm then dissolves, and the nucleus and its all-important 23 chromosomes begin merging with the egg and creating your miraculous baby.
|You're Wondering. . .|
My family is full of busy boys! Is there anything that my partner and I can do to increase our chances of having a little girl?|
There are several urban myths and folklore tales that insist they can help you and your partner "choose" the gender of your child. While some women may swear to their validity, others have tried them and have found themselves still conceiving a little one of the opposite gender. I can make you one promise; you have a 50/50 chance of conceiving either a boy or a girl! You will DEFINETLY have one or the other...unless of course you are carrying twins, then maybe you'll get one of each! If you are still looking to increase your odds, here are some of the urban myths and timing ideas that may help you "choose" the sex of your little one.
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While these "methods" may seem like fun, remember that eating too much red meat, or indulging in oodles of salty snacks or drinking lots of soda may not be what is best for you or your little one. It is important to treat your body as if you were already pregnant, and that means making sure that each bite counts!
Perhaps the most "reliable" method of helping to select your little one's gender (if there is a "method" to all of this madness) is known as the Shettles Method. This philosophy believes that in timing intercourse a certain way, a couple may be able to increase their odds of conceiving a boy or a girl. The Shettles method states that "boy" sperm are faster swimmers, and therefore have a tendency to reach the egg first. If you are trying to conceive a son, have intercourse the day that you ovulate. That way, a fast swimming boy sperm will be able to quickly make its way to your waiting egg and a little "champ" can be conceived. If you are hoping for a pink nursery, the Shettles Method states that you should have intercourse two to three days before you ovulate. Their reasoning for this is the belief that those sperm containing the "x" or girl making chromosome are slower swimmers, but live longer once inside your body. By having intercourse before you ovulate, the idea is that a "girl" sperm will be waiting for your egg to arrive and for the real party to begin. If this belief is true, it's probably the first and last time that a "girl" is ever ready and waiting for her counterpart to arrive. For the rest of your sweet one's life, she will probably have boys (and parents) waiting on her to get ready!
Remember, no matter where, when or how you conceive your child, you are guaranteed either a boy or a girl...and a lifetime of joy!
|Your "To-Do" List|
This may be the easiest task on your to-do list for the next 40 weeks. If you are trying to conceive a baby, this week just do "it"! Medical experts recommend that when trying to conceive, couples should engage in sexual intercourse every other day during a woman's most fertile time of the month. So, this week it's time to get busy...literally!|
|Your Homework: Preparing For Parenthood|
Over the next several years you and your partner will have many opportunities to make wonderful memories with your child (or children!). You will, hopefully, spend many Saturday mornings coloring together, many weeknights curled up on the couch reading stories, and several afternoons doing puzzles. Not only are puzzles a great way for your child to work on their problem solving skills, but they are also a lot of fun! I love the fact that a puzzle can so often symbolize our lives. We take a bunch of different pieces; family background, childhood memories, educational experiences, and relationships and put them all together to create a beautiful and unique picture that represents the whole of who we are. Your homework assignment this week, as you begin to prepare yourself for parenthood, is to create a puzzle with your partner. Gather two 8 1/2 x 11 (or larger) pieces of cardstock, some crayons or markers, and a pair of scissors. Then, get ready to get crafty!|
Before we had children, my husband and I would try to turn off the TV one night each week and spend that time playing board games or doing a puzzle together. I was often amazed at the great conversations that we were able to have, simply by turning off the television and spending some quality time interacting with one another. Back then, we were convinced that our family was complete...until our daughter was born! One TV free night we decided to make these puzzles together and loved getting to look back at the different pieces of our lives that had brought us to where we were, and yet at the same time, look ahead to the many yet-unknown pieces that would soon help to complete our life stories. Now, ten years of marriage and two children later, we still try and turn off the TV one night each week (depending on which sports season it is) and spend some time talking, playing games or doing a puzzle. With two active kiddos running around the house all day, however, a few of our puzzle pieces have a tendency to disappear. So even when our puzzle is "done" it is often still incomplete. I guess life is the same way; even when we think that we have everything in our life to fulfill us, life has a mysterious way of blessing us with something that we didn't even know we were missing, until its missing piece makes its way into our life story. I wish you and your partner all the best as you prepare to welcome the magical missing piece that your child will be in your family's future!|
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