What Is a Pregnancy Calendar?

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A pregnancy calendar represents the progression of the fetus on a weekly or monthly basis. Learn about the various stages of pregnancy with health information from a practicing gynecologist in this free video on pregnancy.

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Hello my name is Dr. Simion Tsinker. I am with Plantation Maternity Center in Plantation, Florida. A pregnancy calendar is basically a description of all the stages of pregnancy, by week and by month, how the development of the baby proceeds, what week the baby starts let's say moving, what week the baby starts doing some other things and so on and so forth. If they many times they wonder how far in the pregnancy they are, whether it depends on the beginning of their first menstrual period or the day of conception or they are trying to figure out exactly when they conceived the baby. In many instances it is not possible to absolutely pinpoint the time of conception because the time of ovulation varies from a woman to woman. Different women have different lengths of menstrual cycles, when a woman can conceive or more likely to conceive, but modern technology with proper calculation we can reduce the margin of error quite substantially but still everybody knows that with the best ultrasounds it is always margin of error plus minus one to two weeks. A woman would be well-advised of course to read about pregnancy, to look at the Internet, to find sources so she can be better educated and better knowledgeable of all these processes that take place in pregnancy but that will never be a substitute for a competent good physician that will be able to interpret to a pregnant woman all the signs and all the things that she experiences during pregnancy that could be frightening to her at times or could be puzzling or could create, be a source of anxiety or fear and for that she needs to obviously talk to her physician whom she trusts.

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