There is great debate in the political world as well as between the pro-life and pro-choice camps about when life begins. So that begs the question... when is a woman ACTUALLY considered to be pregnant?
As we all (hopefully) learned in sex ed, we know that in order for there to be a baby, conception must occur. After all, the one fact that everyone agrees is if one of those thousands of sperms can't fertilize the almighty egg, then there will be no baby. Yet, after conception takes place, things seem to get a little cloudy. We do know that it does take a few days for that fertilized egg to make its way to the uterus. Once that happens, the egg will implant into the uterine wall. The body officially recognizes a pregnancy at this point -- you see, the infamous pregnancy hormone, hCG (which is what pregnancy tests rely on to detect pregnancy), is only produced once implantation occurs.
So... it seems, medically speaking (as well as from a woman's body's perspective), pregnancy is considered to start with the event of successful implantation.
What are your thoughts?
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