Saturday, September 17, 2011

Counting Weeks

Through all my pregnancy research in the early weeks, I was told that you begin counting how far along you are by the first day of your last period. (Over-share) The first day of my last period was June 15, which would make it less than 5 weeks when I found out I was pregnant (July 18), 7 weeks when I started getting really sick (Aug. 3) and 10 weeks when I had my first pre-natal appointment (Aug. 24).

Along with this research, I compared different symptoms that were to be expected around each week. Many women said they didn't start getting sick until week 8, which was pretty close to mine but one week earlier.

When I went to my first appointment, the doctor measured my little baby to be 2 centimeters long and can thus only possibly be...9 weeks instead of 10. One week doesn't really make much of a difference, but that one week has totally thrown me off! I couldn't keep track of how far along I was after that. I kept forgetting and I honestly couldn't figure it out for at least 2 weeks and had to sit down and count from the appointment date where I knew I was "9 weeks" and add from there. I feel so thrown off balance.

Well, now here I am in week 12 and suddenly, my sickness is GONE. My energy is BACK. I eat food again, and I want to eat food. I actually like food again! Especially peanut butter. My appetite is back and I crave things.

Now, according to my research, wasn't this not supposed to happen until week 13/14 when I am entering the 2nd trimester? This is where I get confused, and if I am wrong, somebody please help me out. I know every body is different, I know every pregnancy is different, but maybe I am further along than they thought. Does my fetus measuring 2 centimeters HAVE to mean it is at 9 weeks instead of 10? Maybe my body just didn't want to be sick for very long and now I am feeling great before the 2nd trimester even starts. I don't know. Like I said, somebody help me out if I have it wrong here.

In other fun words, I am going to the State Fair today with my mum and my sibs, but I totally slept in today and that means I only have ... 1 1/2 hours to clean the house, change the sheets, fold laundry, do the dishes, at least start my homework, and balance the checkbook/make our menu for next week before I have to shower and go. Wish me luck and have a fun Saturday!!


Brian and Heidi said...

I am betting you are where you thought you were before the doctor appointment. So just count two different ways. My sister had a doctor tell her she wasn't very far along either but we are positive she was and my niece was just small like she still is. Besides everyone is different, some people only have to be pregnant for eight months and ten months for others.

Bensons said...

Measurements, even on ultrasound, can be inaccurate or off a little depending on many factors. Typically, unless there is a huge difference, doctor's don't change the due date (which would then change how far along you are/how you are counting), so I would continue counting how you were before the appointment. In both of my pregnancies I have measured bigger or smaller than where I was at at different times. ..Also, the "symptoms" you will experience and when are mostly just a guideline (as like you mentioned every person and pregnancy is so different), so I wouldn't use that as a gauge for how far along you are but just as an estimate of when the average time is that most women experience those things..but that's just my opinion. ...And I always heard/read that 12 weeks was the beginning of the 2nd trimester, and that 12 weeks was when a lot of women started to feel better, so I would say you are pretty right on/close to that average in feeling better around 12 weeks.