As we seek to make this blog helpful to you, I asked our Champions center director what are some common questions we are asked. Two questions that come up often are about pregnancy dating and the difference between miscarriage and abortion.
How Far Along Am I?
Pregnancy dating can be a bit confusing. It’s not what it sounds like–it’s how to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy, not how long since you actually conceived. As you think about your options, determining how far along you are is an important first step. Healthcare providers use the first day of your last menstrual period to calculate how far along you are. This is the most common method used because determining the date of conception is not possible and sperm can live in the uterus for up to three days. You can find a pregnancy calculator here. We are happy to help you calculate this date as well. Schedule an appointment here. If you are unsure of the first date of your last menstrual period, an ultrasound can help you determine how far along you are.
What’s the Difference between Miscarriage and Abortion?
A miscarriage is a naturally occurring event. It is the spontaneous loss of a fetus. It is something that is naturally occurring and is without apparent external causes. Another name for a miscarriage is a “spontaneous abortion.” This name may be the cause for the confusion because it includes the word abortion. However, it is different in that the pregnancy ends on its own.
When someone refers to an abortion in general, they are usually referring to a medical or surgical abortion. An abortion simply stated is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It uses medicine or surgery to remove the fetus and empty the contents of the uterus.
We Are Here For You
We are here to answer your questions about pregnancy and abortion. If you have any other questions please schedule an appointment. Our staff is happy to meet with you and answer all your questions. Schedule a no cost consultation today.