Thursday, 2 April 2009

mana calculator tadi..??


today i got a day off (mc la kan...) for my throbbing head, for the nauseating sensation in my throat that wouldn't leave.. and to top it all of.. malas. hee.

so we went to this clinic in lumut... which both of my pregger officemates are visiting. i've never been here.. but now that i live in lumut.. i figured its the nearest. so i told her m 7 weeks preggers.. bla bla bla..

so from her calculation.. m 8 weeks preggers. plus my due date has changed.. hmm..

my grey cells must have been clouding me.. when i read this paragraph from Babycentre.. m like... "ddduhhhh!!!'

Does BabyCenter count the weeks of pregnancy starting from conception or from a woman's last menstrual period?

At BabyCenter, we count the weeks of pregnancy starting from the first day of your last menstrual period (also called your "LMP") because that's the way most medical practitioners do it these days. A few may count pregnancy from your estimated date of conception, which is the day that you were likely to be ovulating during the month you became pregnant. (This is usually about two weeks after your last period started.) While the estimated day of conception is literally the day you first became pregnant, most practitioners don't count pregnancy from that date because there's no way to know for sure when you really did ovulate and conceive. So they take the easier route and go back to the first day of your last menstrual period. Then they count 40 weeks from that day to find your due date. (On the other hand, if you're counting pregnancy from your estimated date of conception, your due date will be only 38 weeks from that day.) And by the way, your last menstrual period is also the date from which your practitioner will measure your baby's gestational age. That is, when you're 20 weeks pregnant (starting from your LMP), your baby's gestational age is also 20 weeks.

Why are you telling me I'm 4 weeks pregnant when I'm in my 5th week, counting from the first day of my last period?

This is a pretty confusing issue for a lot of pregnant women. The fact is when you're in your 5th week of pregnancy, you are 4 weeks pregnant! During the week you start your period, you are in your first week of pregnancy, but you have not yet completed any weeks so you are zero weeks pregnant. Think about it this way ? you don't say that a baby is one year old during his first year of life do you? He is not considered to be one year old until he's actually in his second year.

A lot of pregnancy books and web sites don't make this distinction, which makes things even more confusing. To make things as simple as possible, we recently standardized our wording so that we only refer to you as being a certain number of weeks pregnant. We try not to say "you are in your 5th week" because that's when you are actually 4 weeks pregnant. We just say, "you are 4 weeks pregnant." You'll notice that the weeks on our Pregnancy Calendar (and everywhere else) say "5 weeks" for example, not "week 5." And that's how most practitioners express it, too. If you start thinking in terms of how many weeks pregnant you are instead of what week you're in, you'll be less confused.

moral of the story.. its better to wait for next monday's visit to my REAL obgyn to find out.. hee...

having said that... i saw the heartbeat. i cannot explain the feeling...





4 comments:

Indispensable_poe said...

they got your age on the scan as 30. kekeke

yes, understand bout the heartbeat. wait till they look more human with toes and fingers and you would probably tear. or when you find out whether it's girl or boy

little miss kechik said...

abih tu... doc tu terkelip2 nak kire umur aku bape.. m like.. m 30 for god's sake!!!! hahahah!

hanieharis said...

apsal mommy-to-be sume bile scan baby, dpt tgk heart beat, mesti tulis...cannot describe the feeling..hmmm..cepat kak teh..awak rase camne?? xmau arr tulis ayat cliche..hehhehehehehe

little miss kechik said...

there's nothing cliche about the heartbeat. you'll know eventually how tongue tied you'll be...