How Many Months Pregnant Are You?

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Verywell / Alison Czinkota

Women who are planning to have a child expect their pregnancy to last about nine months. But many expectant fathers and mothers wonder how many weeks there are in nine months. The average pregnancy lasts forty?weeks from the first day of the last normal menstrual period.??

To get a more specific prediction of pregnancy duration, most physicians and midwives use a gestation calculation like the one below to provide a personalized estimate. You can use the first date of your last period or the date of conception if you know it.

Pregnancy Weeks vs. Months

Planning for a nine-month pregnancy can be confusing if you look at the total number of weeks in the average pregnancy. When you break down the numbers, it would seem that pregnancy lasts 10 months, not nine.

There are about forty weeks in a full-term pregnancy. If you assume that a month is exactly four weeks long, that makes 10 months of pregnancy. The problem with this calculation is that it assumes that each month lasts 28 days. But most of our calendar months last 30 or 31 days.

To confuse matters even more, there is also the issue of when you actually became pregnant. While an exact date may not matter to everyone, you can estimate the date based on testing. By the time you have a positive pregnancy test, you are usually about four weeks pregnant.

The truth is that a full-term pregnancy lasts between nine and 10 months. To establish clarity about your stage of pregnancy and estimated due date, your practitioner will track your pregnancy in weeks rather than months.

Pregnancy Trimesters

While you might explain your pregnancy in weeks or months, many expectant moms also describe their pregnancy in trimesters. Each trimester lasts about 12–13 weeks. There are three trimesters in a full-term pregnancy.

First trimester

This early trimester usually includes weeks 1–13. This is considered a short trimester because many women don't know that they are expecting during the early weeks of pregnancy.

Second trimester

The middle trimester usually includes weeks 14–27. Many moms consider this to be the easiest and most comfortable trimester.

Third trimester

Your last trimester may include weeks 28–40. But many women go into labor before week 40 and some may stay pregnant a week or two longer.

Counting Pregnancy Weeks

Your practitioner will count your pregnancy in weeks to help them more accurately assess the health of you and your baby. If you are unclear about your pregnancy week, be sure to ask for your provider's guidance.

Once you get your estimated weeks of pregnancy, you can use that information and your due date to plot your pregnancy by week at home. To do this, note the day of the week that your baby is due. Then choose that day of the week in your current week of pregnancy and start counting forward.

For example, if your due date is on a Monday and you are currently in your fourth week of pregnancy, note that date on your calendar with "week 4." Then note that on the following Monday you'll be five weeks along. The Monday after that you would be six weeks along. Every Monday moving forward you gain a week of pregnancy, until around 40 weeks.

Counting Pregnancy Months

Understanding your pregnancy in weeks, months, and trimesters can be confusing enough. But you'll also be faced with plenty of pregnancy questions from others. When someone asks: how far along are you? It is usually easiest to reply in months. But the answer can vary.

There are different ways to lay out the months of pregnancy depending on whether you emphasize the first trimester or the last trimester. Here are some common breakdowns of the months of pregnancy.

Pregnancy by Month: Emphasis on First Trimester

This monthly breakdown assumes that early pregnancy is very important. Since many women aren't aware that they are pregnant during the first two weeks, month one is extended to six weeks.

Pregnancy by Month: Emphasis on Third Trimester

This weekly pregnancy breakdown includes every moment from the last normal menstrual cycle and considers the fact that some women have their babies earlier than forty?weeks.

  • Month 1: Week 1 through week 4
  • Month 2: Week 5 through week 8
  • Month 3: Week 9 through week 12
  • Month 4: Week 13 through week 16
  • Month 5: Week 17 through week 20
  • Month 6: Week 21 through week 24
  • Month 7: Week 25 through week 28
  • Month 8: Week 29 through week 32
  • Month 9: Week 33+

As you can see from the two schedules, there are different ways to describe which month of pregnancy you are in based on how you interpret the weeks. There is no right or wrong way to answer when people want to know how far along you are. Simply provide the week or month you feel is appropriate for your gestational age.

A Word From Verywell

Remember that when people inquire about your pregnancy progress, there is no need to explain the difference between weeks and months. Whether you answer five months or six months on the chart above, you are still 24 weeks pregnant. Simply choose the answer that best suits you.

Sometimes you might feel very pregnant and six months makes you feel better than five months. Or, perhaps you are not anxious for the pregnancy to be over and you would prefer to be five months pregnant. This mental game is one that can help you stay sane through a potentially discombobulating time.

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  1. About Pregnancy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Reviewed January 31, 2017.

Additional Reading
  • Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies. Gabbe, S, Niebyl, J, Simpson, JL. Fifth Edition.