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Calculating Weeks Of Pregnancy

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on October 17, 2011 - 1:17 am (426 views — 420 words)

Pregnancy is one of the best gifts that most women celebrate. "What exact date will the child be born?"; this is probably the first question most your friends and family ask you especially when they know that you are already pregnant. Not all the time, women have the same length of pregnancy period or have the same gestational age since there are a lot who give birth in advance or later than the average. It is very important to take into consideration the several changes in the women’s body to know and carry out the exact measurements before labor and delivery. The obstetrician and the pregnant women like to estimate the due date as close as to the actual date of labor and delivery


It is not hard to count and estimate the weeks of pregnancy. Actually, one can choose from the several methods available in the computation of due date; however, most of the babies are being delivered earlier or later from the estimated date.


"Gestational age" refers to the age of the fetus inside the womb of the mother. The actual conception date is very hard to detect, but the estimation of the correct date of the last menstrual period is used frequently and is computed until the birth of the baby. Commonly, forty weeks starting from the first day of the last menstrual cycle.


Another way to compute the weeks of pregnancy is from conception itself. In the first two weeks of pregnancy is when usually ovulation and fertilization occurs; this begins from the first day of the last cycle of menstruation, and the average due date of pregnancy period is actually 38 weeks.


Ultrasonography is the most and precise means to compute the expected date or to know the exact gestational age of the baby inside. As early as 5-6 weeks, the ultrasound can be performed since it is a non-invasive type of procedure, which doesn't harm the fetus inside the womb. The doctor could obtained most accurate results between 8-18 weeks from the beginning of the last period of menstruation. The relatively fixed delivery date will then be given after the procedure.


Some women who have irregular menstruation cycle may have some difficulty in computing the weeks of pregnancy, so they tend to rely on the ultrasound results. Yet, when the fetus inside the womb is big or small for its gestational age, the ultrasound may not even detect the accurate information of the weeks of pregnancy and the estimated date for labor and delivery.