Gestational age can be confusing. A full-term pregnancy is usually about 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period. Newsflash: this makes pregnancy 10 months long. Forget about the nine-month myth, people – you’re actually growing a tiny human in your uterus for longer than that. But by the time you find out you’re pregnant, you may already have one month in the bag, because your hCG hormone level has to be high enough to confirm you’re expecting and turn a pregnancy test positive.
With so much information out there about pregnancy, it can be overwhelming – particularly if it’s your first baby. It can be an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming. To make it a little easier, here’s what you really need to know about pregnancy, month by month.