Gestational Age

During pregnancy, the gestational age is the period between the woman's last menstrual period (LMP) to the current day. The gestational period of a healthy pregnancy in humans is from 38 to 42 weeks.

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I had gestational hypertension with fetal growth restriction during my second pregnancy. Will I get gestational hypertension again in the third pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently in my third pregnancy and 20 weeks pregnant. My first pregnancy was characterized by gestational hypertension in late pregnancy. In my second pregnancy, I experienced gestational hypertension with fetal growth restriction. The child was also born with microcephaly. There...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for the query. It is understood that you are 20 weeks into your third pregnancy. In the previous two pregnancies, you experienced gestational hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) in the last pregnancy with microcephaly. Still, you never had...  Read Full »

The girl I am going to marry is 33. Is it alright to wait for two years to plan a baby?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 and I am going to marry a girl who is 33 years (two years elder to me). If we do not want to plan for a baby for one or two years after we get married, will she face any problems during pregnancy as she will be above 35 years? Also, will the baby have any problems growing up?  Read Full »

Dr. Megha Tuli

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understand your anxiety. Actually, the chances of conception and having a healthy pregnancy decrease after the age of 30. After 35, the risk of having babies with Down's syndrome increases significantly. So it is best advised medically ...  Read Full »

How is the gestational age calculated?

Query: Hi doctor, My question is, does every early ultrasound use CRL to measure the baby and to check for gestation and not my LMP? As I could do that myself. Also, I had unprotected sex with someone but was quite careful not to have any semen inside me. I then had my period, and my menstrual cycle was sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and will guide you in your case. Let me guide you with the information you gave. Your normal menstrual cycle length is 25 days, and you had a period within the last ten days three months back. It means the expected period in the subsequent mont...  Read Full »

I am 42. Can I conceive twins without any risks?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 42-year-old woman. Can I still conceive? Also, can I conceive twins without any risks?  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your history, the only risk factor is your age. Let me explain, if I may. Every lady is born with a fixed number of eggs in her ovaries. As her age advances, she keeps ovulating or expelling these eggs every month. The healthiest ones are chosen first, as...  Read Full »

Which of my twins have a better chance of surviving?

Query: Hello doctor,I have recently delivered twins, both weighing 2.2 kg. One of them was preterm, and the other had IUGR. Now, I am concerned. Which of them has a better chance of surviving?  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? I feel the preterm baby has a better chance. Both the babies are of the same age and weight. If only one baby has IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction), then it should be having some anomaly, organ problem, or selective problem in some blood vessels...  Read Full »

Why does my pregnant wife have a gap of six weeks between the gestational age and her last menstrual period?

Query: Hello doctor, My 22-year-old wife is pregnant. She had her last period five months back. She had her first scan two months back. There is a gap of six weeks between the gestational age and her last period. I am anxious and concerned. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). A difference of two weeks is normal. However, in your case there is a chance of growth retardation in the fetus. Therefore, I suggest you go for a repeat...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for no ovulation, and how to treat it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking Clomid since early this year. I started with 50 mg and there was no ovulation. So, then I took 100 mg and again no ovulation. Now, I am on 150 mg and according to the OPK, I ovulated on the 17th. I know this sounds crazy, but I feel different. I have a pulling pain ...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? As you mentioned, it is too early to diagnose pregnancy even in the blood. Had you ovulated on the 17th as you say, it would have reached the tube on that day. Let us say, the sperm too had reached at the same time and formed an embryo, it would stay...  Read Full »

How to know the week of pregnancy in my wife?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife's hCG result showed 8000 mIU/mL. I understood that she is pregnant. But, how to make make sure the current term of pregnancy? I do not know in which week she is now. Please guide.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi,Welcome to will not be perfect to diagnose the gestational age of pregnancy by a blood test. You never know if the pregnancy is single or twin or more. The blood test is just to diagnose pregnancy and also to confirm the growth of the baby.The best way of knowing the gestational a...  Read Full »

Why is my gestational age a week more than my last menstrual period?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my last period before 4 weeks 5 days. I confirmed pregnancy by doing a home pregnancy test. When I went to the scan, the doctor told me that the sac measures 1.75 centimeters and it is 5 weeks 5 days. Why do I have this difference? Is this normal?   Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is nothing to be worried about this calculation as it is just a machine reading. You can follow the actual date of gestational age calculations. As per your date, your gestational age is 4 weeks 5 days and gestational sac diameter is 17 millimeters. According to t...  Read Full »

Are vomiting and diarrhea side effects of Anmum Materna milk?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 22 years old. I got my last period before a month. Now, I took two pregnancy tests and it showed me a positive result. This is my first baby and I am taking Anmum Materna Q+ milk. After taking it, I have diarrhea and vomiting more than usual. I am unable to go out due to pandemics...  Read Full »

Dr. Lorena Zijaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As your last menstrual period was last month, you are pregnant for seven weeks and five days. You need to do an ultrasound to evaluate your embryo and heart activity. Vomiting is a common symptom that occurs during pregnancy. You can have it for 12 weeks. You can have som...  Read Full »

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