Many people mistakenly think pregnancy is calculated from conception or the date of their first missed period.
Pregnancy is actually tracked from the first day of your last period!
Here are some easy pointers to start!
Understanding Your Cycle and Conception
Each time a woman begins a menstrual cycle, her body is preparing for pregnancy.
Once a mature egg is released from the ovary, it has a lifespan of 12-24 hours for fertilization.
That may seem like a short window, but sperm can survive for several days to fertilize a mature egg. This widens the conception window to several days before ovulation to a few days post ovulation.
Implantation of a fertilized egg typically takes place 6-12 days from the time of ovulation. If an egg is not fertilized, it will disintegrate and shed along with the uterine wall and the cycle starts again.
The 3 Stages of Pregnancy
As stated above, pregnancy starts from day one of a woman’s last menstrual cycle and continues through about 40 weeks or 9 months.
These 9 months are broken up into three trimesters, the first trimester, second and third.
Each pregnancy stage comes with unique challenges and experiences, some that are exciting and fun and others that aren’t!
As a new mom, you’ll want to arm yourself with as much knowledge early on as you can.
As you get closer and closer to your due date, you’ll want to relax as you prepare for labor.