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Meiosis

Meiosis is a type of cellular division in which one cell with 46 chromosomes splits into two cells, each with 23 chromosomes. It is through this process that the male sperm and female ovum (egg) are formed. Meiosis allows the sperm and egg to contribute half of your baby’s genetic information to the 46 chromosome […]

Zygote

Your baby is scientifically known as a zygote for about 5-7 days after fertilisation. A zygote is best explained as the cell that results from the fusion of two gametes. In the case of your baby, the gametes are your partner’s sperm and your egg. Zygotes carry the genetic information which will determine what your […]

Identical twins

Identical twins result from a pregnancy in which a single egg divides into two embryos after fertilisation. This means the two babies in your womb share a placenta and an amniotic sac, though some cases of multiple placentas have been reported. The egg usually divides between the first two and eight days after fertilisation, but […]

Conception

Conception is the more colloquial term for fertilisation, a 3 step process, which occurs during the first two weeks of pregnancy and ends with the fusion of the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg or ovum. Step 1 involves the production of gametes, the cells which carry all of the genetic information necessary for reproduction. […]

Fertilisation

Fertilisation is the more scientific term for conception, a 3 step process, which occurs during the first two weeks of pregnancy and ends with the fusion of the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg or ovum. Step 1 involves the production of gametes, the cells which carry all of the genetic information necessary for reproduction. […]

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