How Far Along?
Ok, so, most of you know my story. But to recap. First day of my last period was June 3rd. It was a really short period, only lasting 2-3 days. That was kind of odd to me so I tested as soon as it was over and it was a negative. Then, this past Saturday (June 29th), in the middle of the day, I tested positive! I was not schedule to get my period until July 1st, although sometimes my period is not always 28 days. Though it usually falls pretty close, I've had anywhere from 24 to 33 days. The reason I tested was because on Friday the 28th at night I had some spotting! Barely anything. I've never had spotting before my period! So I thought it might be implantation bleeding or something.
Anyways, I'm having some trouble calculating how far along I am. I have a few different apps. They all say 4 wks and 2 days. But some apps say that i am actually in my fifth week even though I am at 4 wks 2 days. It said it was like a birthday almost- when you are 25, you are actually in your 26th year. Is this true? Plus all my apps are saying I should just now in week 4 be getting implantaion bleeding. and that t the end of week 5 ill be producing hormones, and that I might be able to get a positive at the end of this week. MIGHT. I don't have my first ultrasound until the end of July which seems an eternity away! Ugh! Help please! :)
If you're 4 weeks and 2 days along you are in your fifth week. You've already hit four weeks. and you're two days into the next one.
Ditto this. It's very possible to get a positive before the end of your 4th week, but it's easy to get a false *negative* because many women are not producing enough HCG at that point to get a positive. The recommendation to wait until you've missed your period to test is due to this risk of a false negative. Many women are able to get a positive several days before their missed period, though, and you're in this group :) Implantation can happen anywhere from 7-12 days after ovulation, I believe, and after implantation is when the hormones really starting ramping up. Soooo, a woman who implants on day 7 may get a positive test earlier than one who implants on day 12. At least that's the way I understand it!
Originally Posted by ottilie
Oh honey. You seem just so completely freaked out about this whole thing! Remember: baby needs air so BREATHE!!!!!!
The apps and the pp's are correct, you would be 4 weeks and 2 days, into your 5th week. Besides apps, there are a million sites you can find online that will calculate all of that for you too (just google pregnancy calculator, they'll come up). If more than one says the same thing, it's probably pretty accurate.
I'm sure someone already told you this but the current way doctors count length of pregnancy is a bit odd - but the day you implant and actually become pregnant - according to doctors you are right then 2 weeks along. It doesn't make logical sense but it's the most accurate way for doctor's to calculate because women are more likely to know the first day of their last period than they are to know exactly when they ovulated. So when the day of implantation occurs, doctors automatically say you're 2 weeks preggo - when in reality, you could be 2 hours preggo. So even though I always assumed your first trimester ends at week 12 - it actually ends at week 13/14 because of the sketchy math. I'm sorry I'm really not explaining it well, my brain doesn't get along well with numbers when I'm not pregnant. But what you said above is correct - it's just like a person's age. When I turned 34 this past January, I was actually in my 35th year of life because I existed in my mom's womb for 10 months before I was born (and, as humans, we just don't count those).
Also, it can help to think of the first week of pregnancy as Week 0, not week 1. I'll shut up now in case I'm confusing you more. But think about from implantation until 7 days after as Week 0, then the following is Week 1, and so on. It helps to look at a calendar! :)
Yup, 4 weeks 2 days. And remember all those benchmarks and descriptions for weeks are approximates--everyone is different and every pregnancy is different.
The LMP is a starting point, when you have your ultrasound at the end of the month, your doctor will confirm that date for you (or shift it a bit based on what she sees).
Haha cvdutch!! I am freaking out still. But in a good way now. I feel much better today and not so shocked and out of sorts. I'm just a worrier so I'm freaked out about all the things that could go wrong with baby! And where he/she is at in development, etc! Every little cramp, ache, or twinge and it sends a long chain of awful thoughts running through my mind! Just trying todo and know everything I can :) I know I need to settle down though haha
One more quick question. Usually before my period my temp runs a little higher (between 99 and 99.4). Tonight I feel rather anxious, in an antsy can't sit still kind of way. I took my temp twice, and got 99 and 98.9. Should this be worriseme?
There are a thousand and one apps and online calculators that can tell you how far along you are, when each trimester begins, when your due date is, etc. At this stage, you're in your fifth week and your due date is March 10, 2014. Don't worry about your temperature. 99 is within normal range and nothing to worry about.
Just to add to Sarah re temperature - if you are consistently taking your temperature at roughly the same time each day, the pattern is to have relatively low temperatures after your period, followed by a spike at ovulation, higher temperatures remain after ovulation and can stay high-ish during your period before dropping again. However, if you are pregnant (as you are), temperatures will remain high. Congratulations, and try not to worry about these things!
The thing about your birthday has to do with current time. When a little toddler turns 1 year old it means they have *just completed* one full year. See? So a little guy who is 1 year old and 1 day, is *currently working on* his second year. Make sense? 4 weeks 2 days means you've completed 4 weeks and some change, so you're *currently working on* the 5th week.
Also yes, the "sketchy math" is because it's simpler for doctors to calculate when you had your period last. Even though when you actually ovulate, the doctor is COUNTING it as 2 weeks pregnant already!
So back to the original question about being "in the 5th week" -- that's really the number the doctors put on a pregnancy to calculate what's going on. In actuality, you've probably only really been pregnant for 2 weeks 2 days. But the doctor adds an extra 2 weeks since your period because it's easier to count that way. By the doctor's way of counting, you're 4 weeks 2 days, or in the 5th week. If it were possible to count from the day of conception, it would be more like 2 weeks 2 days, or in the 3rd week.
Since it's not possible to know when conception occurred, but you know for sure when your period last showed up, that's how they count it. Hope that helps...