How To Find Out The Gestational Age?
hello, I want to ask about my gestational age. at the beginning of the month of 12 2019 yesterday, I had a check using a test pack and it turned out that I was positive for pregnancy, a few days after that I went to the nearest community health center to check for pregnancy, after being examined I asked my gestational age to the doctor Her, the doctor said I was 6 weeks pregnant, I was surprised to hear the doctor’s statement. While I was married on 3.11.19 when I was menstruating, and 2 weeks after menstruation I checked using the test pack, the results were still negative, until at the end of the 11th month I checked using the test pack, the results were still negative and my marriage age was just one month ago, I was afraid to convey to my husband and my parents, I was afraid of being pregnant first, even though I was not pregnant first, please explain for my problem is, because until now I still do not talk about my pregnancy according to what the doctor said, because I was afraid of being mistaken for being pregnant first. thank you.
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. We understand your concern. Gestational age can be calculated in various ways. The first way is to know your First Day of Last Menstruation / HPHT. So when was the last time you had your period, from the day it was calculated until now, that was your gestational age. Indeed, these calculations are inaccurate, because we can not know exactly when fertilization occurred. In the original, the difference could be several days, but this estimate is used as the most representative.
The second way is to calculate the height of the uterus that appears from an enlarged abdomen. However, this method can only be done from the age of 12 weeks of pregnancy, because previously, the uterus is still not palpable because of its size that is not large enough.
The next way is to use ultrasound. This is the most accurate method so far, because it can detect pregnancy starting from week 4, can find out whether the development is in accordance with the gestational age, whether there are abnormalities in the fetus, and various other information. If the calculation using the first method can still be wrong because there are some women who forget when HPHT, the possibility of miscalculating through an ultrasound examination is much lower.
So in your case, if the doctor says you are 6 weeks pregnant even though from the last time you had sex until the examination was not until 6 weeks, it means there really was a calculation error. This can happen because of a misunderstanding between the information you submit and what your doctor receives. But regarding a negative testpack 2 weeks after having sex, a testpack is not always true. In certain conditions the testpack may show positive results when negative and vice versa. So gestational age cannot be affected entirely by testpack. It could be that when you check negative it is actually positive, but it becomes negative because of a tool or usage error.
So we suggest that you check with your obstetrician to find out more about your condition through an ultrasound examination. Also convey your confusion now to clarify the chronology. Thus, misunderstandings can be avoided, and even the diagnosis can be made more precise. What is clear, regardless of your gestational age, you must maintain it well by avoiding cigarettes, coffee, increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables, taking supplements and vitamins in pregnancy, adequate rest, and managing stress well. So, hopefully answering your question.