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If a female becomes pregnant, which part of the female reproductive system will the baby develop in?

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If a female becomes pregnant, which part of the female reproductive system will the baby develop in?

This question is asking us about the female reproductive system and where the baby develops. In order to answer this, let’s review its anatomy.

The genitals are the outside parts of the reproductive system. In females, the genitals are called the vulva. The vagina is the muscular tube that extends from the external genitals. This is where semen can be ejaculated during sexual intercourse. The semen contains sperm cells that need to combine with egg cells. These egg cells, or ova, are produced by the ovaries.

In general, one egg cell is released every month during a process called ovulation. The ovum is released to a tube called the Fallopian tube. Inside the Fallopian tube, an ovum can be combined with, or fertilized by, a sperm cell that was released by the male during sexual intercourse. The fertilized egg makes its way toward the part of the female reproductive system called the uterus.

Once inside the uterus, the fertilized egg can implant into the wall of the uterus. This starts a pregnancy. The baby develops inside the uterus for approximately nine months until it is born. Finally, the cervix is the opening from the vagina to the uterus and keeps the baby in place until childbirth.

Therefore, the part of the female reproductive system where the baby develops is called the uterus.

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