Nine Months (Give or Take)
Yet you are here, reading this, so chances are that pregnancy is on your mind. There are so many questions that you may want the answers to and so many things you feel you should know. What should you know?
Pregnancy can be everything and nothing like you expect. It can be the most fulfilling, amazing, terrifying, and completely overwhelming experience of your life. The best you can do is to take it all as it comes, and be willing to learn, because knowledge is power. Your responsibility for your child begins before you ever meet them, see them, or hold them. What should you do?
Find a doctor you feel comfortable with, because you will be visiting and calling often. Read some books or articles on aspects of pregnancy and birth that interest you, but be sure to consider your sources. The 1984 version of What to Expect When You're Expecting will have a different take on many issues than the current version. Remember also that the internet is a wonderful and terrible thing. Researched articles (such as the great ones you can find here on EverydayFamily) can be a great source of information, but remember that anyone (and I do mean anyone) can write a blog.
As you begin your research, consider that you don't have to know it all now. The med-free delivery that sounds so horrifying to you now might be more appealing after a few months of getting to know your pregnant body and your birthing options. Take in the information available, but take it easy on yourself. After all, you've got another 9 and a half months or so to think about it.
Wait, you say. Pregnancy lasts nine months, right? Well, yes and no. So here, in the second week, the difference between weeks and months begins to be revealed. The average pregnancy lasts 37 to 42 weeks. Depending on how many weeks you like in your months, and averaging it at four, that would make 10 months. So why do people say it is nine? The best way to avoid all this confusion is to date your pregnancy in weeks, as the doctor will.