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Is there any way to tell when my baby was conceived?

by Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife
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Q I was wondering how do I know when I may have conceived and can the doctor do an ultrasound to see how old the baby is and it show up when I conceived?

A You will know when you conceive, when you miss your period. Then you can get a pregnancy test ( a home pregnancy test or have a blood or urine sample analyzed) to verify that you are pregnant. Neither lab work nor an ultrasound will confirm pregnancy the day you conceive. The fertilized egg must travel through the tubes and then attach to the uterus. An ultrasound later in pregnancy (about 6 weeks from your last menstrual period) will show a gestational sac and a heartbeat. The ultrasound tech can tell how old the baby is. The earlier the ultrasound is performed the more accurate the due date is.

Anne

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Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives. The Baby Corner The Baby Corner - The Magazine for Expecting & New Parents


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Guest Jul 20, 2014 10:29:22 AM ET

On june 17 my ultrasound said i was 12 1/2 weeks pregnant. when did i conceive?

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maya Jun 29, 2014 09:30:12 PM ET

My lmp was on the 8th until the 12th of november 2013. when is my due date?

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Guest Jun 28, 2014 03:03:03 PM ET

My ultrasound scan says i'm 6 weeks pregnant. how is that calculated?

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lisa brown May 29, 2014 11:39:12 PM ET

If my due date was on may 7th 2014, but i had my child april 20th 2014, when did i conceive?

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Guest Feb 19, 2014 05:06:23 AM ET

My lmp was on the 24th-25th of november and my due date is august 31st. when did i conceive? thank you.

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Guest Feb 1, 2014 01:46:42 PM ET

My due date is july 29 and mistakenly had an intercourse while drunk on november 2 and had an intercourse with my boyfriend on the 4th who's most likely to be the father? this is my worst nightmare!!!!

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Guest Jan 10, 2014 06:19:12 PM ET

My due date is august 31. when did i conceive?

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Guest Nov 22, 2013 01:45:17 PM ET

If my lmp was suppose to on 10-9-13, but started on 10-6-13 when did i conceive? when is my estimated due date?

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Guest Nov 9, 2013 06:59:12 PM ET

I'm due march 12, 2014 when did i conceive?

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Mommywood Oct 26, 2013 01:32:09 PM ET

If someone didn't have a period in the month of july but got their period august 3rd...and is 13 weeks today 10/26, how is that possible?

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