Is there any way to tell when my baby was conceived?by Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife |
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.
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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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