Figuring out your due date will help you prepare for the birth of your baby. Nine months seems like a long time however with so many things to do it will go by fast.
Your due date is the date that you are expected to go into labor. Dates are not always accurate but it’s better to have some idea that no idea.
The most common way of determining a due date is by using the LMP Method (last menstrual period) - the total gestation time is added to the 1st day of the last period minus 2 weeks (this is because women can ovulate within 2 weeks of their last period)
The total gestation time is 40 weeks (9 months). If the woman’s last period was on October 1st, 2005, you would add for weeks to that date and the date you would have then would be July 1st, 2006. You take away 2 weeks from this date and you have June 15th, 2006. So your due date would be June 15th.
Another way of calculating your due date is by using Naegle’s Rule. This is where the 1st day of your last period is taken, and then you count back 3 months from that day and add 7 days.
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Ultrasound technicians can also use the ultrasounds to determine the baby’s age by looking at the different body parts and organs to determine a due date.
Different calculations are also available to help mothers calculate the different milestones of pregnancy. For example to calculate the different trimesters, etc.
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Having an idea of when the baby is due will help mothers prepare all the necessary items in time for the baby’s arrival.