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# Does the 6th month of pregnancy start at 21 weeks?

Just got The Pregnancy Book and it says the 6th month is week 21-25...is that the schedule you all are going by? Sorry, this is just really taking me by surprise! Is it correct?
I figure it like this:

Weeks 1-4 = 1 month
5-8 = 2 month
9-12 = 3 month
13-16 = 4 month
17-20 = 5 months
21-24 = 6 months...ect.

Wouldn't 21-25 weeks be 5 weeks instead of the usual 4 for a month? At any rate, when people ask how far along I am I reply with how many completed months I am. So, at just past 20 weeks now I tell people I'm 5 months along, although technically I am *in* my 6th month. When I'm 24 weeks along then I'll start telling people I'm 6 months pregnant. Does that make sense?
Yeah, that totally makes sense. That's the schedule I've been using so far, too. So, hmm. This pregnancy book makes me want to say month 6 though!!

By the way, I'm in my 20th week too! Congrats!
As someone who has "fashionably late" babies, I'm always tempted to say I'm the farthest along possible cause maybe the time WILL go faster. LOL.
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 Originally Posted by AnneCordelia I figure it like this: Weeks 1-4 = 1 month 5-8 = 2 month 9-12 = 3 month 13-16 = 4 month 17-20 = 5 months 21-24 = 6 months...ect. Wouldn't 21-25 weeks be 5 weeks instead of the usual 4 for a month? At any rate, when people ask how far along I am I reply with how many completed months I am. So, at just past 20 weeks now I tell people I'm 5 months along, although technically I am *in* my 6th month. When I'm 24 weeks along then I'll start telling people I'm 6 months pregnant. Does that make sense?
yeah not a clue.
The first month starts on day 1, and you are 1 month pregnant at the end of that month.

If you're counting months as four weeks (which is fine for lunar months but confuses the lay person who wants exactly 9 months in a pregnancy), the 6th month starts at 21 weeks (the end of 20 weeks being 5 months pregnant, so you're done with all 5 months), but you aren't 6 months pregnant until the end of 24 weeks.

You might also think of a baby starting her second year the day of her first birthday, but you wouldn't say that she's two years old until she finishes that year.
Is this the Sears Pregnancy Book? That thing drives me with dates. They don't count the two weeks before ovulation, at least in my book, so they're always off with what every other book, dr., and pregnancy site lists. Plus I think they have some developmental stuff in the wrong places.

I go by my ovulation date as day 1 of month 1. Every time I pass that date (right at the start of the month, for me), I start a new month. I'm 20 weeks+ and, at the end of April, I'll be at the end of my 5th month. May marks the begining of my 6th month (holy crap!)
I go by weeks so I don't have to deal with that headache! But at 20 weeks I'd say 4.5 month to make that 9 month pregnancy thing make sense.
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 Originally Posted by AnneCordelia I figure it like this: Weeks 1-4 = 1 month 5-8 = 2 month 9-12 = 3 month 13-16 = 4 month 17-20 = 5 months 21-24 = 6 months...ect. Wouldn't 21-25 weeks be 5 weeks instead of the usual 4 for a month? At any rate, when people ask how far along I am I reply with how many completed months I am. So, at just past 20 weeks now I tell people I'm 5 months along, although technically I am *in* my 6th month. When I'm 24 weeks along then I'll start telling people I'm 6 months pregnant. Does that make sense?
Some books have 5-week months because not all months are only four weeks. It's confusing as hell.

But when I say how many months I am, I say what month I'm in currently. Like if I'm 7 weeks, I say "I'm 2 months pregnant" because I'm in my second month of pregnancy, not my first.

But reallly I just say whatever I feel like. If I'm near some border that some books claim is four months, and some claim is five, I'll just say whichever one I want depending on how pregnant I feel that day. If I'm talking to a woman who has had babies, I say the week. Talking to a man or a woman who doesn't know about pregnancy, I'll say whatever month pops into my head.

Like I'm 19 weeks right now I'd probably say I'm 5 months. But I could say 4 if I felt like it.
I remember my last pregnancy having this conversation with the little host boy at work, and I was going by four weeks = month. And he kept adding it up in his head and saying "but that comes to TEN months." I said "yeah, well, you don't instantly give birth when you hit ninth months. You still have to go through your ninth month of pregnancy." I think we ended up even more confused than when we started.
Pregnancy is 9 gregorian months and 10 lunar months.
DDCC from June.

I tend to say either how many weeks i am or how many i have left to go. If i refer to months i use calendar months - i'm due June 1st so i'm 35weeks today, but will be 8months on Saturday (May1st). At the moment though i'm pretty big and people tend to say "how much longer" and i reply "too long"
This is one of those things where the 40-week dating system drives me nuts. If you count conception to EDD, it comes to just under 9 calendar months, about 9 lunar months. So, although I'm at "18 weeks" now, it's really just 16 weeks from conception, which I think puts me at 4-5 months. Someone asked me the other day how far along I was and I wound up saying: "Uh... Somewhere in the middle?"
I just read my last reponse and it was about as clear as mud.

I think the advice you got in your other thread about counting backwards from your due date would be good. So for me (due Sept 9) it would be:

Aug 9-Sept9: 9th month
July 9-Aug 9: 8th month
June 9-July 9: 7th month
May 9-June 9th: 6th month

Is that more clear?

Weird to see it all printed out like that. We are getting so close!!
Yes, it is the Dr Sears Pregnancy Book. I am due September 1st, so on May 1st, I'll consider that starting my 6th month.

WOW, 6 months seems so far into pregnancy!!

Thanks for helping clarify! Much love to all you pregnanct mommas, mauh!
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 Originally Posted by RedOakMomma I just read my last reponse and it was about as clear as mud. I think the advice you got in your other thread about counting backwards from your due date would be good. So for me (due Sept 9) it would be: Aug 9-Sept9: 9th month July 9-Aug 9: 8th month June 9-July 9: 7th month May 9-June 9th: 6th month Is that more clear? Weird to see it all printed out like that. We are getting so close!!
Oh I like that.

Aug 18-Sept18: 9th month
July 18-Aug 18: 8th month
June 18-July 18: 7th month
May 18-June 18th: 6th month
April 18th-May 18th: 5th month
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 Originally Posted by pacifica Yes, it is the Dr Sears Pregnancy Book. I am due September 1st, so on May 1st, I'll consider that starting my 6th month. WOW, 6 months seems so far into pregnancy!! Thanks for helping clarify! Much love to all you pregnanct mommas, mauh!
Just to muddy further, on May 1 you'll start your sixth month, but be only 5 months pregnant. You reach 6 months pregnant at the end of the sixth month.

Then again, as others have said, it doesn't matter so much. People who care (midwife/OB/doula/etc) will count in weeks with you. Everyone else will ask you every time they see you, "When are you due again?" and promptly forget your answer when you walk away. And the difference between 5 and 6 months doesn't mean much to most people!
I count back from my due date (9/28). So tomorrow, 4/28, I will have completed 4 months and be in my 5th month. Most people don't understand this, even when it comes to age (I have completed 32 years, I am 32, but I am IN my 33rd year) so starting tomorrow, I will tell non-moms 5 months, and I will tell moms 18 weeks.
holy crap! just when I was about to understand....
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 Originally Posted by jenifera2 Just to muddy further, on May 1 you'll start your sixth month, but be only 5 months pregnant. You reach 6 months pregnant at the end of the sixth month.
In that case, you wouldn't be nine months pregnant until your due date, though.

Once I'm in my sixth months, I say that I'm in my sixth month (six months pregnant).
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