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September 3rd, 2012, 03:06 PM
Cortney6983's Avatar Cortney
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: New Hampshire
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Ok so I understand how doctors use the last day of your last period to determine due date ..

My question: I use the week by week update thats sent to my email... Since the last day of your last period is a week to two weeks BEFORE you actually conceived does that mean when the email says I'm 7'weeks I'm actually 5-6 weeks ??? I'm so confused about that part when it says it already has a heart beat and starting to grow fingers and all that stuff it makes me wondering I'm a week behind what they say or do they account that?

Also I have noooooooooo symptoms except for a random pain in the nipple area not long or bad. No nausea not really tiered I go for my first prenatal visit the 12th of this month can't wait!
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September 3rd, 2012, 03:52 PM
anjawb's Avatar Super Mommy
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Location: Western Mass
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So from what I understand, its based by the first day of your last period, and all pregnancy calendars do take that into account. Its also based on a 40 week pregnancy, while the gestation period is really only 38, so there's the extra two weeks.

If your not feeling any symptoms, ENJOY!!! I really started feeling things intensely around 6 weeks, but then it hit hard.

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September 3rd, 2012, 05:32 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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Why it is calculated that way I have no idea but yes, you are not actually pregnant for 2 weeks of the 40 weeks gestation. Going on the last day of your period you are that many weeks, not 2 behind.

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September 3rd, 2012, 07:02 PM
MaineBean's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Location: Maine
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Yeah, it's goofy. Every time you get your period, you are 0 weeks pregnant. A week after you period starts, you are "1 week pregnant." If you want to really think about it in a goofy way, a virgin could be considered pregnant half of her adult life (aka after she starts her period) since 2 of the 4 weeks each month are the first 2 weeks of a 40 week pregnancy!

So yes, your calendar is correct, just try not to think about it to much!

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September 4th, 2012, 09:11 AM
Jeanie915's Avatar Hallie's Mommy
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Kentucky
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And some sites will measure it as you are in your 7th week when you are 6w(#)d. I am 9w4d but one site measures it as I'm in my 10th week. Which it is technically correct, but it just makes it more confusing.

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