When Does The 6th Month Start

27 Replies
Emy - October 15

I heard it is week 22. Is this right? If so, I will be 6 months on Monday and am thrilled! lol..


mother777 - October 15

to emy; you may be right because pregnancy is based on 40 weeks not 36 weeks, so you may be into your six months already. you have 18 weeks left.


kr - October 15

It's confusing for a lot of people ( I still have to think twice). If you have the "What to expect when Your expecting" book I think it says week 23 is the begining of the 6th month


ry - October 15

to whoever wrote "to emy" dont be such a b___h. its uneccessary. but kr is right, week 23 starts month 6 so you are almost there. Congratulations!!!


Kate and baby - October 15

emy, It is very confusing trying to figure out the months sometimes. I understand where you are coming from. I am 24 weeks and wasn't sure if it was 22 or 23. Don't listen to some of these rude people that come in here. When she said sorry, she really meant in polite terms Congratulations!!! good luck ladies. Have a great evening.


michelle - October 15

so when she said "for the slower ones" she meant that in polite terms too?


ry - October 15

hey! i am not rude! i post q &a's here all the time. i love the company of these wonderful ladies and comparing notes. i just thought the "to emy" post was rude and i see how some of these forums get out of hand. Sorry if i came off mean, i didnt mean to!


Kate and Baby - October 15

Ry, I wasn't writing to you. Sorry if it came out that way. I was writing to that other person who wrote "to Emy". The other lady said "you are not there yet." "sorry." You are correct in what you say. I would never defend someone talking to someone like she was. Sorry for the confusion. Good luck ladies :) Have a great night


Emy - October 15

Thanks for your answers ladies. To the first post, I know how to multiply- sheesh. If we are pregnant 40 weeks and 9 months then obviously something does not click since 40 divided by 4 is 10 months. So my question is legitimate. I think that most of you are right. It is around 23 weeks...thanks for the polite posters on here. I appreciate it.


Bonnie - October 15

Actually, the first person who responded calling everyone slow, is incorrect. Doctor's count pregnancy in weeks (not months). General people (friends, family, etc) count pregnancy in months by our current calendar (NOT lunar months) which is 9 months. If you count only 4 weeks in a month (which there are more days than just 4 weeks in a month) then you will have a 10 month pregnancy. If you want to count it that way, no problem. But be prepared to confuse a lot of people that don;t understand lunar months. If you simply want to let people know when you enter the 6th month of a 9 month pregnancy (like most of the population recognises).... divide the year in half for 6 month. There is 52 weeks in a year. So at 26 weeks, you will be exactly 6 months into a 9 month pregnancy. (If you want to confuse people and go with a lunar calendar, then at 24 weeks you would count yourself at 6 months. Personally, I go by the calendar we all recognise).............In the end. If you want to tell your family and friends how far long into a 9 month pregnancy you are, at 26 weeks you will be 6 months. If you are speaking to your doctor or for your own benefit, forget the months and go by weeks. :)


ry - October 15

oops, now i am embarra__sed! Sorry 'bout that! lol -gotta love these hormones- i was about to cry! ;)


to Bonnie - October 16

Not to keep this thread going uselessly, but why do you think the book "what to expect when are expecting" counts the 6th month as 23 weeks then?


Erin - October 16

to "to bonnie" - what to expect when your expecting says the 6th month STARTS at week 23, so this is actually when you are considered 5 months pregnant, or you have 5 months behind you.. I hope that makes sense!


Bonnie - October 16

Ladies, go to the library and check out 4-5 pregnacy books. You will find that the months are different in many of them. Not just that, but so are when the trimesters start. There is no right or wrong answers to this, even the books cannot agree (I would say this is why doctors only count it in weeks). You can count by a specific book, you can count by lunar months (4 weeks to a month) or you can count by our calendar year.....for me personally, I count weeks like the doctors do. But when friends and family ask me, to make it simple, I go by our calendar year. This week I am 26 months exactly (half of a year (52 weeks) is 26 weeks) 6 weeks. If I told them the way the "What to expect when you are expecting" book says, they would expect me to be due in December (not January when I am). Then when I explained I was due in January, I am going to get a bunch of confused looks as to why a pregnancy is 10 months.......so when I count, I prefer to count either the normal weeks or to go by the calendar year we all go by when I consider what month I am in. In the end, there is no defintive right or wrong (which is why they count it in weeks :P), but I felt the need to post this to the poster who called everyone slow for not just counting 4 weeks to a month. Good luck ladies.


Bonnie - October 16

Bleh, typos. That was 6 months not 6 weeks in the middle. I must have confused you all, lol.


Jessica - October 16

I thought this might help When is the first trimester over? Well, it depends on who you ask or what website you're using. From my reading and web browsing I've found three basic ways of dividing up a pregnancy into trimesters: development, gestation, conception. They give very different dates for when the second trimester begins but basically the same date for when the third trimester begins. Does it really matter exactly when you're out of the first trimester? No. The miscarriage rate doesn't miraculously drop on a specific date, it constantly goes down throughout the entire first trimester. By 12 weeks the chance of miscarriage is <2%. What follows is a short description of each method of calculating trimesters and JavaScript applet that figures them out for you. Development This method uses actual developmental stages to divide up a pregnancy. From LMP to 12 weeks the embryo develops all the major organs, becomes a fetus, and the placenta takes over control. From 12 weeks to 27 weeks the fetus continues developing and reaches viability. From 27 weeks on the fetus finishes development and prepares for delivery. Here the second trimester begins at 12w0d and the third at 27w0d. Gestation This is a mathematical method where you take the 40 week gestation and divide by three. Here the second trimester begins at 13w3d and the third at 26w6d. Conception Another mathematical method where you take the 38 weeks of post-conception development, divide by three, and add two weeks. Here the second trimester begins at 14w5d and the third at 27w3d.


Emy - October 16

Ladies, I am so sorry I confused you all by posting this...I don't know what I was thinking - of course there is no definitive answer since we really should go by weeks. I am just happy to be 22 weeks and leave it at that..lol...Happy pregnancies to all of you and thanks for everyone who took the time to address this. Hopefully, it was as helpful to someone else as it was to me.



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