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Posted by: confused | 2007/05/10

time period of pregnancy?

I've recently found out i'm pregnant,but the problem is i last slept with this guy 4 wks ago,but the doctor said i'm six weeks pregnant,so how do i explain it to this guy,because i haven't ben sleeping with anyone else?

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The duration of pregnancy is counted from the last period, whcih is two weeks before you slept with the man, so it all fits.

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Posted by: Pip | 2007/05/10

The doctor will start counting from first day of your last menstrual cycle - a woman with a normal cycle usually ovulates 14 days after first day of cycle... therefore 6 weeks....

read more on babycentreDOTcoDOTuk:

At BabyCentre, we count the weeks of pregnancy starting from the first day of your last menstrual period (also called 'FDLMP') because that's the way most doctors do it these days. However, if you count pregnancy from your estimated date of conception, or the day that you were likely to be ovulating during the month that you became pregnant, then this will be approximately two weeks later.

While the estimated day of conception is literally the day you first become pregnant, most people don't count pregnancy from that date because there's no way to know for sure which day you really did ovulate and conceive. So most health professionals take the easier route and go back to the first day of your last menstrual period -- a date that more women can pinpoint for certain. Then they count forward 40 weeks from that day to find your due date. (On the other hand, if you count your pregnancy from your estimated date of conception, your due date will be only 38 weeks from that day.)

So, that's why our site — and most doctors — will be telling you that you've been pregnant for about two weeks longer than you really have been.

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