Due Date Calculator

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If you have recently found out you're carrying a baby, congratulations! This is the beginning of the most exciting period of your life, and I'm sure you want to know how to best prepare for the big day. Firstly, you should know when the big day is - the famous due date. Once you find out when your precious little one is coming into the world, you can begin the preparations and enjoy the new mom blessing with your significant other. The great news is you can actually calculate your due date by yourself or with the help of an extraordinary thing called a due date calculator. 

How can you calculate your due date?

A typical pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, but as you know, that is not always the case. Many factors play a part in determining the date of your big day. Many women do not realize that both menstrual and ovulation periods count as the first two weeks of pregnancy. Consequently, many new moms have no idea they are pregnant until they miss their period. By that time, you could already be up to five weeks of your pregnancy!

What does that mean? That means that the mere estimate of nine months from the day you took your pregnancy test is not the right way to calculate your due date. Moreover, factoring in a few weeks for ovulation here and there won't be of much help. If you can pinpoint the exact phase of your ovulation cycle you were in at the moment of fertilization, you could know how far along you are. Otherwise, you simply cannot be sure of the date you're gonna meet your child. As already said, that's where the due date calculator comes very in handy. I will explain more about how this works. 

The calculator takes the date of your last period and the length of your regular cycle or exact date of conception and then estimates your due date. Due date calculator can tailor the estimate according to your cycle length since we all know that differs among women. 

Plan your pregnancy journey

Once you've found out when the big day is, you can start the most exciting part - planning for the arrival of your precious. You will need to make sure you get yourself ready for the big event, so I will share some essential steps for you to take. This way, you will alleviate some of the potential stress you might be feeling and welcome your baby much more relaxed. 

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Make a doctor's appointment

If you haven't done this already, it should undoubtedly be your first step. Schedule your first appointment to confirm your pregnancy with a blood test and a general physical exam. The doctor will also help you establish the precise due date.

Prenatal care consists of many preparations, but doctor's appointments are the most important. There you will be carefully examined to determine your uterus size and carefully monitored to make sure you and your baby are healthy. During one of those check-ups, you will meet your little one for the first time. Exciting, right? Seeing their child for the first on ultrasound is a very emotional thing for moms and couples. Somewhere along the way, your due date might be adjusted. Not to worry, that is perfectly normal. 

The smartest thing to do is simply listen to your doctor's advice; you cannot go wrong doing that. But, there are also many things you can do when you discover you're pregnant. I am talking about the essential due date preparations - a birth plan, hospital checklist, labor, and delivery.

Planning for the due date

There are several tasks that you should make a priority when preparing for the arrival of your child. It's wise to make a checklist so you can tackle your obligations one by one to be fully equipped. 

Birth plan

Making your birth plan in detail is essential to do when waiting for your due date. Think about your delivery preferences and share those with the most important people in your life right now - your family and medical staff who will deliver your baby. 

These are the questions you should consider: 

1. How many days after the due date do you want to wait before inducing labor?

2. What are your preferences when it comes to delivering - home birth or a hospital?

3. How long do you want to stay in the hospital, provided everything is okay?

Make sure to share your plan with every person directly involved in the birth, but be sure to remain flexible. I am sure you are aware that sometimes plans change.

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Hospital necessities

A hospital checklist will help you immensely in case you need to rush to the hospital quickly. Ask medical professionals what essentials you need to take with you to labor are. Some of the items your healthcare provider will take care of, but some of them you should bring yourself. Remember, your delivery could take a while, so take some things to make the whole experience more manageable and less stressful. Bring your favorite foods (opt for healthy choices), drinks, music, books, and some extra pillows.

Labor

Once you arrive at the hospital to deliver, the doctor may ask you to walk around for a while. There is a chance they will send you back home if you're still far away from labor. Whatever happens, you should know that early in labor is when you should discuss your pain management preferences. If you want to get an epidural, early in labor is when you need to decide and tell your decision to the doctor.

Delivery

There is a lot of ways in which you can prepare for birth these days. My advice is to use these opportunities if you can. There are various pregnancy courses to learn breathing techniques and other tips and tricks to deliver your baby as efficiently as possible. If you opt for a C-section, the medical staff will arrange your delivery schedule. You can take one person as a support, so choose that person before you are close to the due date

Your due date can change

Plans sometimes don't work out, and that is nothing unusual when it comes to pregnancy. So yes, your due date might change. This is no reason to be worried because moving your due date can happen for many different reasons as you progress towards labor. 

Sometimes it is because of irregular periods, or the early ultrasound date was wrong. It could also be that your first ultrasound was done in the second semester. Abnormal fundal height and the extraordinary range of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels might also play a part in the moving of your due date. The smartest thing to do, of course, is let your doctor handle all your questions or worries. Don't hesitate to ask them anything you want to know.

You can plan your due date

Whether you're trying to conceive or just want to avoid an unplanned pregnancy, you will be glad to know that you can do something about it. You can try and time when you get pregnant to plan your birth date, but keep in mind that the exact moment you'll deliver your baby cannot be mapped out to the day, nor week or month. 

Good luck!


References

Mayo Clinic

Stanford Children's Health