Ok, I have a question. I went to the doc and they told me that I was 5 weeks today but for 1. My fiancee counted back 5 weeks and we did not do anything, and I have never cheated on him so I know that this is his baby. And 2. I ended my period March 31. So how can I be 5 weeks preg? She said that I was due Dec 31, 2002 and I even went to a website with those automatic things that tell you when your due date is and they said Dec 31. I just dont understand how I can be 5 weeks preg. and I have reg periods. So if anyone can explain or has something to say please do, I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much in advance. Thanks, Michele
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Doctors generally count due dates from the last time you had your period, not when conception occurred (unless, of course, you know EXACTLY when it occurred.)
And also keep in mind that conception does not happen immediately after intercourse -- as the poster popular in OB/GYN offices goes, "You can have sex on Friday and get pregnant on Monday". The sperm have to travel to the egg, fertilize it, and the fertilized egg then needs to travel to the uterus and implant. This can take a few days.
It's also helpful to know that due dates are just estimates. My due date was July 28, and my son was born after induced labor on August 6th. So your baby could be born anytime between say, mid-December and mid-January. Once you have an ultrasound, you will be able to get a better estimate of just when this baby will be born.
And I'm so glad you went to the doctor -- good job, mama!
The baby is actually counted as being 2 weeks old when he/she is conceived. That's because day number 1 in pregnancy is the first day of your last period. Conception actually took place about 3 weeks ago. Does that make more sense?
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quote:Originally posted by Aria51: Doctors generally count due dates from the last time you had your period, not when conception occurred (unless, of course, you know EXACTLY when it occurred.)
Actually, even then they count from last period. A friend of mine had a baby with her wife by artificial insemination, so they knew the exact date of conception, but the official DoC was still a week earlier.
Pretty damn silly, but I guess it keeps things consistent.
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