One of the joys and wonders of being a woman is the ability to conceive and nurture a baby inside the womb. Your reproductive system is responsible for many things and pregnancy is on the top of the list. The health condition of a baby upon birth has a lot to do with the health condition of your reproductive system.
How well do you know your reproductive system and what is its role in your pregnancy?
You may know very well what happens when you have your regular menstrual cycle. Once every month, your body will ovulate and prepare to get pregnant. It will release a matured egg or ovum that will drift down to the fallopian tube and into your uterus. From there, it will wait on a sperm to help it become fertilized. If it doesn’t get fertilized, that’s when you will have your period.
This intricate process of reproduction only goes to show that your reproductive system is delicate and fragile and that it needs all the extra help it can get by keeping it healthy and well-nourished.
What are the organs in your reproductive system?
The vagina is a pert of your reproductive system that connects the external genitals with the internal reproductive organs. Your vagina is a tube-like structure with the cervix at its end. It is where the penis enters during sexual intercourse and where your baby exits when you give birth.
The uterus is the part of your reproductive system that serves as the dwelling of your baby for the nine months that it needs to stay in your womb to develop. The uterus is a muscular organ that is made up of three layers: the peritoneum (outer layer); the myometrium (middle layer); and the endometrium (inner layer). The inner layer or endometrium thickens every month to prepare for the arrival of the fertilized egg. The cervix can be found at the bottom and narrower part of the uterus.
The Fallopian Tubes
You have two fallopian tubes in your reproductive system that is positioned near the top of the uterus, one on the left side and the other on the right. The role of the fallopian tubes in reproduction is that it serves as the pathway for the egg as it drifts all the way down and attaches itself to the uterus. The fallopian tubes connect the uterus on one end and the ovaries on the other. The end part of the uterus that is connected with the ovaries contains some about 25 fimbraie, a finger-like structure that aids in collecting the mature egg every month.
An abnormal fallopian tube pregnancy called ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg has implanted itself outside of the uterus and settles in the fallopian tube. The egg can also settle in the ovary, abdomen or cervix. As the fetus grows in size, it will pop the organ and destroy it in the process, therefore, a typical ectopic pregnancy does not develop into a full term live birth.
When your body starts to ovulate and prepare to get pregnant, the ovaries in your reproductive system will be very busy at work. Your egg production takes place in the ovaries. You have two ovaries found on each side of your body just outside the uterus. It has follicles that accommodate immature eggs. The follicles stimulate the egg to mature and will usually release an egg every month. Your ovaries are also responsible for producing two important hormones that are essential for reproductive function and these hormones are called estrogen and progesterone.
What happens to your reproductive system when you get pregnant?
There are changes that take place in your reproductive system during pregnancy. One most obvious change happens in the uterus. The uterus or womb will grow and enlarge as the baby inside of you also grows.
Pregnancy and the ability of your reproductive system to sustain life is a miracle beyond extraordinary. Learn the ways to keep your reproductive system healthy so that you can bring to life a healthy and bouncing bundle of joy.