First came the awe and elation at my wife's pregnancy. What follows may not surprise an obstetrician, or even seasoned parents, yet it nonetheless highlights the extraordinary human journey that is pregnancy.
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.
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.
Ovulation happens about two weeks after a period, on average, and fertilization happens within 24 hours of that.
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.
But only a few hundred may ever reach a woman's egg.
Special receptors on the surface of an egg make sure only one gets in.
My heart was pounding, I looked from consultants to sonographers faces, to my parents faces and to the screen.
There was no fluid left around my baby, he wiggled his hand as if he was waving, but the fluid he was supposed to be practising to breathe in, was inside his bladder, in fact, his bladder was so big, it was bigger than his head. ' 'Help my baby, please, god, help my baby' I was led into the consultants office and sat down I was a scared, tired and heartbroken little girl, I looked at him through the tears in my eyes 'what am I supposed to do now?
My little boy, I'd call him Michael, I said to my mum on the way home On week 17 of my pregnancy, I yet again returned to see the consultants and surgeon, as they drained the fluid from my baby's bladder, I noticed how little fluid there was around him 'don't you think you should put some fluid back in around him? I went home in pain, and needing some rest, next week was looming and as much as I was excited, I knew this wasn't going to be sunshine and rainbows The day arrived and I was so nervous I felt sick, I was bracing myself for the worthwhile pain I was about to go through, but so excited to know we were heading in the right direction.