Welcome to the most exciting and wonderful experience in a women’s life. It will be a long 9 months but don’t worry we will be with you every step of this exciting journey. For all first timers, HMom will be there with relevant advice every day and every week. For Moms who have experience, we will try to make this journey again with reminders of all the correct things to do. We’ll be here every step of the way to make sure your pregnancy goes as smooth and safe as possible! After all, that’s why we were founded! Good luck, it’s a long and incredible trip! –Hmom
This is the fourth week and confirmation of your pregnancy has been done. This week the embryo has found its way to the uterus and is looking for a suitable place to nestle in for the next 36-38 weeks or so. The embryo is now called a blastocyst. This is also the time when most women are expecting their period. Some of you may experience a slight bleed in the fourth week. Do not worry. Slight bleeding or spotting is implantation bleed and not a regular period. The uterine wall is so engorged with blood at this stage that any disruption can cause a light bleed. You just missed your period and if the test came back positive “You Are Pregnant”
Calculating Estimated Due Date or EDD is quite a simple process. However, confusion occurs when talking about how many months one is pregnant and how many weeks long is the pregnancy. The estimates are based on the following:
- Last Menstrual period is required to be known
- Add 40 weeks to the end of the last menstrual period and that is the EDD
- Alternatively, you can add 280 days to the end of the LMP
- A normal pregnancy is approximately 266 days from conception to birth
- It normally takes two weeks for your period, ovulation and fertilization. Hence conception occurs approximately 14 to 16 days after the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP)
- Pregnancy is often broken down into weeks and 40 weeks is considered to be full-term pregnancy.
- Any baby delivered in less than 37 weeks is considered to be premature.
- Fertilization is counted to have occurred around the 14th day of the 28-day cycle of menstruation. This is so due to ovulation occurring about 14 days before the start of your period.
- The EDD calculated is only a guide. Average pregnancy can last anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks.
Another terminology used to specify the stage of pregnancy is trimester. A simple way to determine which trimester you are in is as given below:
- Week one to thirteen
- First month to the third month
- Week fourteen to week twenty-six
- Fourth month to the sixth month
- Week twenty-seven to week forty
- Seventh month to ninth month