Fertility Education

Q & A – Understanding Ovulation

Q & A – Understanding Ovulation

What Is Ovulation?

Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is made available to be fertilized.  Approximately every month an egg will mature within one of your ovaries. As it reaches maturity, the egg is released by the ovary where it enters the fallopian tube to make its way towards waiting for sperm and the uterus.

The lining of the uterus has thickened to prepare for the fertilized egg. If no conception occurs, the uterine lining, as well as blood, will be shed.  The shedding of an unfertilized egg and the uterine wall is the time of menstruation. read more

Fetal Development – Week 4

Fetal Development – Week 4

Maybe you just missed your period, took a home pregnancy test and it was positive.  You are waiting for your first doctor’s appointment or your first appointment at ACPC Women’s Clinic.  You’re stressed.  You’re wondering what is going on inside your body.  You’re wondering if everything is okay. You might be scared, excited, shocked…or maybe a combination of all of the above.  It’s okay.  What you are feeling is completely normal.

Call or text us today to schedule your ultrasound.

You might be undecided about what you want to do.  You may be considering the abortion pill or a medical abortion.  You may be considering adoption.  You may be completely confused about what you want because this is all just happening way. too. fast. read more

Fetal Development – Week 2

Fetal Development – Week 2

We get a lot of questions about fetal development at ACPC Women’s Clinic.  Our patients are usually anxious to figure out their due date and to see what their baby actually looks like.  A woman is usually about 4 weeks along before she even realizes she is pregnant.  There can be some confusion around determining the due date.  Here’s why:

Most women are surprised when the nurse says she is already 4 or 5 weeks along even though she had just missed her period within the last couple of days.  This is because obstetricians count weeks of pregnancy from the first day of a woman’s last period (LMP – Last Menstrual Period).  They do this because there is no way to determine exactly when conception occurred.  To determine the age of your unborn child since fertilization (conception), use this table and just subtract two weeks. read more

Must Have App – When You Think You Might be Pregnant

Must Have App – When You Think You Might be Pregnant

If you think you might be pregnant, there is one app that you need to download right now –

The Pregnancy Tracker by babycenter.com

Here’s  3 reasons why we think this app is helpful, even if you are not sure if you are pregnant:

1) Women are happier when they understand what is going on with their body.

As women, our bodies are on a continual roller-coaster ride as hormones shift constantly throughout the month. Sudden hormone changes can intensify emotions and energy levels, but our hormones don’t have to control us.  A good understanding of your menstrual cycle will help you learn to thrive every day of the month.  The Pregnancy Tracker app has articles and factual, scientific information about your menstrual cycle that can answer some basic questions before your appointment. read more