Can I find out the exact day I got pregnant?
The short answer to the question, “Can I find out the exact day I got pregnant?” is, probably not. Determining the exact date of conception is difficult for several reasons.
Some things to consider:
- First of all, pregnancy occurs when an ovulated female egg and and male sperm meet and fertilization occurs. This usually takes place in a fallopian tube.
- The time of ovulation: When an egg is released from the ovaries and into the fallopian tube, determines a woman’s fertility window and varies from woman to woman. Most women ovulate 14 days after the first day of their last menstrual cycle. Some women release an egg anywhere from 11 to 21 days after the first day of their last period. An egg is viable, able to be fertilized, up to 24 hours after it has been released from the ovary.
- Also, sperm can live in your body and fertilize an egg for up to seven days. This means you have a window of a week or so in which you can conceive after a sexual encounter.
- An ultrasound can more accurately determine the date of conception and the gestational age. For your ultrasound measurements are taken of the gestational sack and the crown to rump length of the fetus. These measurements are used to estimate the gestational age of your pregnancy.
- The only way you can be fairly certain of the exact day you became pregnant is if you only had one sexual encounter during your fertility window. This can be anywhere from 11-21 days after the first day of your last period, and you know the exact day that encounter took place.
Call Clearway Clinic at 508-438-0144 and we can provide you with more information with a free ultrasound. Information and education will help you make your best decision.