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So, tell me what you think.  When you turn 36 weeks (the first day of your 36th week), do you say you are 9 months pregnant or 8 months pregnant?  If you say you are 9 months pregnant, than when you turn 40 weeks, are you 10 months pregnant?  Ugh...I wish it wasn't so durn complicated, it should be so simple!

Well according to "the books" (like Dr. Sears pregnancy book, etc.), the 9th month is anywhere between 34 and 40 weeks.  So you would say "I am in my 9th month" or you could say "9 months" but that's what it means.  And yes, pregnancy technically ends at 10 months, not 9 like most people think.  :)  Using weeks to describe it is easier but most non-pregnant ladies are pretty clueless about weeks anyway, ha!

I agree with what Eloise said, it is technically 10 months. But I don't say months because I feel like it's confusing and we don't all have the same opinion about it. I say weeks, and it should be weeks. There's a huge difference between a baby born at 26 weeks and a baby born at 30 weeks.

HAHA I was just trying to explain this to a friend a few weeks back. She asked how many months I was, so in my head I quickly calculated myself at 7.5 months which 4 weeks in a month (I was 30 weeks, but she had said months so I tried to answer in months which I wasn't used to doing). She was like "WOW only another month and a half!" so I was trying to explain that actually it was 2.5 months left at that point. But she didn't get it. And I didn't really get it. And we both sat there confused.

I guess its because there aren't really exactly 4 weeks in every month. There are usually 4 weeks plus a few days.  If you count from LMP to the due date it is 9 literal months plus a few days. But if you divide the 40 weeks by 4 its 10 months. But yeah, confusing. I think its easier to just tell people I'm due the end of October rather than how far along I am.

Right, I agree but people (mostly men and woman who haven't had babies) insist on knowing the months.  It really is far more complicated than it should be...I just usually get frustrated trying to answer the question and then just say what sounds good.  Ha!

Yeah the whole months/weeks thing flummoxes me. There's no good answer.

I finally figured this out.

We are pregnant for 10 months medically speaking- because they count from the first day of your last menstrual cycle, but technically you are only fertilized for 9.5 of those months, starting at ovulation. Then- you only really "know" you are pregnant from week 4 (on average) onwards to 40 weeks, so 40-4 = 36 weeks/9 months of knowing/feeling that you are pregnant, when actually the whole "medical" cycle is a 40 week/10 month definition.

So at 36 weeks you are 9 months pregnant medically, but have only actually had a fertilized egg in you for 32 weeks/8 months. At full term you are 40 weeks, but have only been fertilized for 36 of them/9 months.

So at 33 weeks I have been technically pregnant physically for 31 weeks, and have "known" I am pregnant for 29 weeks, so I'll just say I'm 8 months pregnant because in 3 weeks I'll be 36 which will be 9 months!

so confusing.

We are pregnant for 280 days.
10 lunar months from lmp.

Lol, whenever people ask how many months I am, I just say "however many months 36 weeks is" or whatever week I happen to be in

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