Mar 18 2011

Pregnancy’s little scams: the hidden tenth month

Published by at 11:21 am under symbiotic alien

Really, I’m good enough at math I should have spotted the discrepancy long ago. “Everyone knows” that gestation takes 9 months for humans. Everywhere you look you see that number quoted. You’ll also often see it phrased in terms of weeks, in which case it’s 38-40 weeks. Huh. 40 weeks doesn’t equal 9 months, 36 does. Again, should have seen it earlier…

But I didn’t until I got my little childbirth book from the OB. Inside it has chapters for all the pregnancy months, 1-9. I read through them, then turned the page to see the next chapter: Weeks 36-40, “Term” Month. What bloody scam to fool pregnant ladies is this?

But no, the hidden “term” or tenth month is one they tack onto the end when you’re already more than ready to be done, having housed your uterine lifeform for nine ridiculous months. Nine months, woohoo, get out of there already…wait, another 2-4 weeks? Until it’s really truly done? That’s just not nice.

In case it isn’t obvious, next week I start my “term” month. Grumble grumble… at this point it’s all fat deposits and lung development for my soon-to-be-evicted alien.

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3 Responses to “Pregnancy’s little scams: the hidden tenth month”

  1. Atheneon 30 Mar 2011 at 7:34 am

    I heard that the reason for the difference is that the week counting starts with the cycle that you get pregnant. Month counting starts at the end of that month. So really that first month is month 0.

  2. Kit OConnellon 30 Mar 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I just heard the good news. Congratulations on your baby!

  3. Cheryl McLayon 31 Mar 2011 at 11:34 am

    Hope things are going well. Congratulations on your new little one.