Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most common questions related to the Pregnancy & Baby day-by-day calendar!
Nancy J Price

Frequently asked questions
1. Error message/Incorrect number of weeks
2. Seeing repeat days
3. Email link doesn't work
4. Duplicate mailings
5. Remove me from your mailing list


1a. Incorrect number of weeks, part 1

Question: I get an error message OR Your calendar says I'm 70 weeks pregnant!

Answer: This is usually a problem with the cookie stored on your browser. (No data about your due date is actually stored on our server, nor is it contained within the daily email message.) Please re-enter your date information again at http://pregnancyandbaby.com/read/articles/33.htm. Make sure you have cookies enabled, and be sure to revisit the calendar at http://PregnancyAndBaby.com (without the www.) so the cookie file will work correctly. (Both URLs will work, but the cookie looks for the identical domain name -- so you need to use the exact same URL each time.) You may also need to clear your cookie file.

1b. Incorrect number of weeks, part 2

Question: I know how many weeks pregnant I am, but your calendar says I'm two weeks farther along! What's wrong?

Answer: Most caregivers consider pregnancy to last 40 weeks, based on the first date of your last period (which is at least 2 weeks before conception). Therefore, 12 weeks might be is the "menstrual age" of your pregnancy; while the baby's gestational age (that is, time elapsed since conception) is really 10 weeks. Here's more of an explanation of the differences between menstrual and gestational ages:

  • Menstrual age: Date since your last period
  • Gestational age: Date since conception (usually about 2 weeks after your last period)

    On the calendar, you'll see it says something like:

    This is day number 85
    You're 12 weeks pregnant [this is menstrual age]
    Your baby's age since conception is 71 days / 10 weeks [this is gestational age]

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    2. Seeing repeat days

    Question: Every time I visit the calendar, I see the same day!

    Answer: The program running the system is quite straightforward -- and has been the same for several years -- so it's probably your browser causing this problem.

    Let us explain: If you're seeing repeat days (you're recieving the same page over one or more days that you have visited the site), you might want to try pressing shift+reload (hold the shift key on your keyboard and click the reload or refresh button on your browser) to force a reload. Your browser may be caching the page: since it sees the URL is the same as the one you visited the day before, it thinks you want to see the same page again. It takes the page from its memory on your hard drive instead of pulling it from our server -- so you're seeing the old entry.

    If that doesn't work, perhaps try to enter your date information again at http://pregnancyandbaby.com/read/articles/33.htm. Make sure you have cookies enabled, and be sure to revisit the calendar at http://PregnancyAndBaby.com (without the www.) so the cookie file will work correctly. (Both URLs will work, but the cookie looks for the identical domain name - so you need to use the exact same URL each time.) You may also want to clear your cookie file.

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    3. Email link doesn't work

    Question: The link I get in your email every day sends me to to the same page!

    Answer: It's true -- the link sent to you each day is actually identical.

    Our web-based calendar system bases itself on where you are on the day you visit. For example, if someone visits today, it's day 128 for her. (The URLs are the same each day -- but the system keeps track of your date and compares it to today's date.) If she had clicked the link yesterday, she would have seen day 127. (To view past days, just use the "back 1 day" link.)

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    4. Duplicate mailings

    Question: I got 3 messages from you today! I only need one. Please take the duplicate names off your list.

    Answer: We get messages like this every week, usually on Monday. In most cases, it's not really duplicate mailings -- but the messages for Saturday, Sunday and Monday all being received on the same day when people get back online. (Please see question 3 for more explanation of duplicates.)

    The list is actually set up to disallow the same address more than once - but even one little difference can make it think it's a different address (ie msn.com vs email.msn.com).

    If you would like to be taken off the list, please unsubscribe following the instructions in the email message.

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    5. Remove me from your mailing list

    Question: Please unsubscribe me from the list for your daily reminders. (This is the nicer version of, "GO AWAY!!!! REMOVE ME NOW!!!!!" - which, trust me, will get you nowhere.)

    Answer: If you would like to be taken off the list, please unsubscribe following the instructions in the email message -- all you need to do is click on the unsubscribe link once.the end

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