Since 1836, doctors have marked the first day of a woman's last menstrual period as the first day of pregnancy, or “gestational age,” not when a sperm fertilizes an egg.
To counter the fear of becoming new parents we both read. We rounded up about a dozen science-backed books, scanned countless research studies, downloaded pregnancy apps, and shared hundreds of articles with each other over the following months.
Men release about 100 million sperm each time they ejaculate, though the semen of some especially fertile men can contain hundreds of millions of sperm.
Your midwife or GP won't book your booking appointment before eight weeks, because, sadly, the chance of miscarriage is highest before this time.
As soon as you find out that you are pregnant, call your doctor's surgery, or get in touch with your local maternity unit or midwifery clinic.
Your 12-week(ish) ultrasound This scan (performed on the belly and sometimes vaginally—called a transvaginal ultrasound) in combination with a blood test will complete what’s called a “nuchal translucency test,” which estimates the likelihood that your baby will have Down sydrome by measuring the fluid beneath the skin of the back of your baby’s neck.
What about the 20-week ultrasound and all those other tests that moms-to-be have to take — amnio, glucose challenge, routine bloodwork? You might also be sent for one to check your conception date and to make sure the pregnancy is progressing well. Depending on where your scan is done (hospital, clinic, etc.), your partner might not be permitted to watch the entire scan (which usually doesn’t take too long if the baby is cooperating) but he’ll be called in toward the end to see baby. Feel free to bring your partner, friend or parent to this special event—they’ll love being there to watch your babe’s first video with you.This means if you're eight weeks pregnant, your baby is about 15 days younger than that.Doctors still use gestational age, not ovulation age (also called postconceptional age) because it's hard to detect ovulation and fertilization even more so.As the surgeon proceeded with the first round of treatment, he said 'it will all be worth it when he is here' - he?