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Awesome: '[Arizona] says, you're pregnant for up to two weeks ...' by Edith_Bagot-Dix

Edith_Bagot-DixEdith_Bagot-Dix Registered User regular
edited April 2012 in [2008-2012] Awesome Posts?
  Henroid likes this Post written by Edith_Bagot-Dix
about two years ago
"Arizona is declaring that any woman is legally considered pregnant since her last known period."
This is like Schrodinger's fetus.

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  • _J__J_ Pedant Registered User regular
    Apparently:
    The time interval of a gestation plus two weeks is called gestation period, and the length of time plus two weeks that the offspring have spent developing in the uterus is called gestational age. (The extra two weeks is added because gestational age is counted starting from the last menstrual period (LMP), rather than from actual conception. However, these extra two weeks are not always added when talking about animals.)

    So, what we've learned is that, in the medical profession, every fetus was at one time Schrodinger's fetus.

  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Anyone who's had a kid could've told you that they count from the mom's last menstrual period.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak Registered User regular
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  • belligerentbelligerent Registered User regular
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    Anyone who's had a kid could've told you that they count from the mom's last menstrual period.

    From that same thread, Someone mentioned his wife getting pregnant 2 months after delivering without ever having had a menstrual period in between.

    That means she was 11 months pregnant with the 2nd child.

  • OctoparrotOctoparrot Registered User
    edited April 2012
    Perhaps it was the first child but born second!

    If we're keeping track of uncertainty, when the 2nd child was born it could have been anywhere from 2 months younger to 9 months older than the first child!

    E: Also they could have been twins. And the first child could have had a gestation of mere minutes ignoring ultrasound voodoo.

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  • DenadaDenada Registered User regular
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    Anyone who's had a kid could've told you that they count from the mom's last menstrual period.

    From that same thread, Someone mentioned his wife getting pregnant 2 months after delivering without ever having had a menstrual period in between.

    That means she was 11 months pregnant with the 2nd child.

    The idea that doctors count from the last menstrual cycle as one measurement of a pregnancy's length is not groundbreaking or stupid or illogical or any of the other things people are trying to paint it as. And maybe, just maybe in a special circumstance like the one you just described, doctors might measure things differently, because they're not completely insane.

    The thing that Arizona is trying to do is terrible, not because the measurement itself is illogical (it isn't), but because the people who wrote the legislation are trying to use that measurement in a way that it isn't intended to (and shouldn't) be used.

  • belligerentbelligerent Registered User regular
    It doesn't matter how crazy they are, in AZ, they have to follow the law. No one is pointing at the doctors and saying they're the ones to blame, so stop that.

    The law is stupid.

  • DenadaDenada Registered User regular
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