Hi, I am Dr. Parul Chopra Buttan. I am a gynaecologist and obstetrician with 18 years of experience. I am also the co-creator of the conceive effortlessly online program to help you get pregnant faster, naturally, easily & most definitely. 😊
A pregnancy happens inside the body of a woman. And while it is a cosmic miracle that makes a baby, here is how you can understand it biologically. The menstrual cycle or the monthly cycle is the basis of reproduction. It is a co-ordinated dance between the ovaries and the uterus or womb.
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Understanding the science
At the beginning of your cycle, a few potential eggs called follicles start to grow under the influence of some hormones released by the pituitary gland in the brain. One of the eggs starts to dominate and soon leads the pack. Around mid-cycle time, which is typically around day 12-16 of a 26-30 days cycle, the lead follicle is mature and ready to release the egg or ovum inside. The process of release of the egg from the dominant follicle is called ovulation. It occurs slowly and takes a few hours to happen. As the egg is getting released, the tube’s fimbrial end envelops the ovary to capture the egg.
Around this time, if sexual intercourse has occurred, many sperms swim up through the vagina, uterus and reach into the tube. The sperms surround the egg and release enzymes to break through the layers covering the egg. One lucky sperm enters the innermost layer and unites with the egg. The process of uniting of the egg and sperm to form the zygote is called fertilization and occurs in the tube. The zygote immediately prepares to multiply and grow. An early embryo is formed.
Meanwhile, the follicle from which the egg was released from the ovary forms what is called the corpus luteum. It releases certain hormones that help the inner lining of the uterus, called the endometrium to prepare for the arrival of the embryo.
In 4-5 days, the tube transports this embryo to the uterine cavity. By this time, the lining or endometrium is like prepared soil. The embryo implants. It is like a seed taking roots in the soil.
Growth begins. After another 8-10 days, you miss your period. You may start to feel a little queasy from the hormones being released from the corpus luteum of pregnancy and the early pregnancy itself. And life begins…(/ and the magic begins…)
While we will talk about the biological factors that are important for a successful pregnancy, I want to start by talking about one secret ingredient that I have sensed over and over again, in my 20 years of medical experience.
The 'secret ingredient' in every successful pregnancy!
To give you an analogy, my mum is a wonderful cook. In my early days of learning how to cook from her, I’d take down detailed notes of the recipe. I would follow the recipe to a T, but the dish would still not taste as good as hers. When I’d ask her about it, she would laugh and say, “you didn’t add love! You only give that to your work, to your patients, not to the food in the kitchen!” frustrated I’d retort, “at what step was love to be added? And how much? You didn’t mention it in the recipe!”
With time, I understood the difference that makes the difference. It was ENERGY. When she stepped into the kitchen, conceived and prepared a dish, her energy would be of Goddess Annapurna, love and nourishment soaking every step of the process of cooking. When I’d cook, I would do it methodically, efficiently and just to complete a chore. After becoming a mum, the first time I cooked for my child, it felt like cooking naivedyam to serve God. I was devoted and fully surrendered to the process and love just flowed through me. The dish came out as delicious as mum’s 😊
Often, couples who have been trying for a while conceive within a month or two of a consultation, without any medication or treatment. They are surprised and wonder they were doing the same thing for several months, how come it succeeded this time? On closer reflection, many of them feel their energy was different. They were more relaxed, stress free and open to receiving rather than looking to grab. In my 20 years of medical experience, I have sensed over and over again, energy is everything.
The cosmic miracle.
All healing, all treatments taking effect are enabled by invisible, all-powerful subtle energy shifts. And while you must seek medical help where needed and undergo prescribed tests and procedures, a receptive energy will allow the manifestation of the miracle that is already waiting to happen for you.
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Love and good health,
Dr. Parul Chopra Buttan
Gynaecologist & Obstetrician
MBBS, MS, DNB, MRCOG (London)
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