Mainstream media has painted Bode Miller as a dedicated father in a brutal custody battle. But where’s the focus on his attempt to control the life and restrict the rights of a pregnant woman? Nowhere, says Soraya Chemaly.
In case there’s any question that “personhood” laws exist exclusively to deny people with uteruses personhood.
How Long Does Pregnancy Last, Really?
We are all used to the idea that pregnancy lasts nine months, though some of us who’ve experienced it are pretty convinced that it lasts much, much longer than that. The medical community has long said that the average pregnancy lasts 40 weeks—though the clock starts ticking at the start of a woman’s last menstrual cycle before conception, not the day of conception or the day of implantation. New research suggests that there is a lot more variation in the total number of days a woman is pregnant than we may have thought.
Researchers followed 125 women who were trying to get pregnant. Through urinalysis they were able to tell when these women ovulated—which was presumed to be the day of conception, since eggs only last about 24 hours—and the day the embryo implanted.
After excluding those babies who were born pre-term, the researchers still found a high variation in the length of pregnancy, ranging from 35 to 40 weeks from the day of conception to the day of birth or about 38 to 43 weeks from the day of a woman’s last menstrual period.
Though the researchers say this variation is surprising and may change how practitioners determine and explain due dates, some obstetricians say this is nothing new. Dr. Tomer Singer, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, for example, told LiveScience that he already tells women they could expect their pregnancies to last anywhere from 37 to 42 weeks (using last menstrual cycle as the start date). The study was also small and limited to women who were not having fertility issues.