You're pregnant! Congratulations! Now what happens?
Whether your journey to pregnancy has been a roller-coaster ride or a pleasant surprise, all women go through similar hormonal changes during pregnancy. The female body is absolutely incredible, resilient, and intuitive when it comes to building another human being. It knows exactly what to do, even if you're unsure of what might be happening in your body. In this post I will guide you through all of the hormonal changes during pregnancy so you know exactly what's going on. After all, knowing what is happening in your body can make you feel more empowered and in control during your pregnancy.
It all starts with an egg breaking free from the ovary during ovulation. If that egg is fertilized with sperm, the fertilized egg begins differentiating into a group of cells called a trophoblast. This occurs about six days after ovulation. It is this trophoblast that produces the pregnancy detection hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). On average, hCG is detectable in your urine 10 days after ovulation/fertilization.