When Does Pregnancy Start? OBs Disagree Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
One moment you’re TTC, the next moment you’re pregnant, right? Well sorta. Turns out, even doctors aren’t all on the same page about when to start using the term “pregnant.”
The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology just released the results of a survey, asking over 1,100 obstetrician-gynecologists when they believe pregnancy begins. Over half the doctors (57 percent) say it begins at conception (when sperm meets egg), about 28 percent say it’s at implantation (when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall), which happens about a week later. Yup, that’s a whole week of your life where some docs would consider you pregnant and others not so much. What’s even more unbelievable is that 16 percent of the docs marked the box “not sure.” Yikes. Seems there’s major ambiguity here.
Need some clarity? Consider this: The American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecologist’s (ACOG) stance is that pregnancy starts at implantation. And moms-to-be can’t get a positive pregnancy test (and may not have any symptoms) until they have the hormone HCG in their bloodstream, which doesn’t happen before the egg implants.
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