• HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR DUE DATE

    HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR DUE DATE

    HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR DUE DATE

    Now you have confirmed that you are pregnant and you might just be wondering…. When is my baby due? Not to worry we are here to help you calculate and figure out when you might be due to deliver your baby. Of course you know you are pregnant but I bet you cannot wait to meet the human baking inside of you.

    Pregnancy typically last for 280 days or 40 weeks or 9 months (depending on how you want to view it) from the first day of your last menstrual period. The scan you will have in your 10 to 14 weeks is the most accurate scan to determine your due date.

    One way is to calculate your due date is to start by taking note of the day you start your last menstrual period. Add 7 days to that day, and count back 3 months. This means that if you started bleeding on August 3, add 7 days to get August 9, then subtract 3 months and your due date is May 9. Another way is to add 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period.

    Some people prefer the forward method. When you take note of the first date of your last normal period, add 7 days to that number. Take that date, add 9 months, and you get your due month.

    Most women ovulate and conceive two weeks after their last period and will only be around 38 gestational weeks by the time the pregnancy has gotten to the 40-week mark.

    Also take note that women with irregular cycles may have difficulty calculating their due dates because they might not remember the date of their last period. One way they can do it is to add 38 weeks to the date of conception. If still unsure, ask your doctor to help you calculate the due date by checking the size of your uterus to determine how many weeks along you are. Some practitioners might do an early ultrasound, but not always. The ultrasound will ascertain the size of the baby and provide a good frame of reference for how far along you are. As your pregnancy progresses your doctor can track developmental milestones to calculate the due date.

    I understand how interesting it can be to track your baby’s growth through pregnancy (it’s one of the best parts). You get to watch the seed that has been planted in you. So due dates are given based on your last period. In few cases, due dates were seen to be wrong and it happened that way because of some fluke like implantation bleeding, longer cycles, illness, etc.

    Even if your baby comes earlier or later than the due date, do not stress! Most babies are born with two weeks of their due date, either earlier or later as the case may be. Each pregnancy is unique so put a smile on your face, it might be an opportunity to tell a story.

    Just keep enjoying the days as it comes while your baby grows and develop inside of you for the next 280 days! Remember to be healthy and take Pregnacare original for the vitamin and minerals you need. Your bundle of joy will be here before you know it!

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