Having a baby can be a wonderful experience. At the same time it can be frustrating when you expect your child to come at a certain time. If you are given the wrong information this is especially true. There are many old wives tales and other methods that are unreliable. You can learn how to predict your baby due date, by using the right tools and information. This may be important so that you can keep an eye on how things are progressing.
Usually a pregnancy can last for up to 280 days or 40 weeks. This runs counter to the belief that a pregnancy last for nine months. There are a number of factors that influence the length of pregnancy including the mother’s age and weight. To have the most accurate prediction, the date of your last menstrual period is used.
Doctors use a method where they add seven days to the day of your last period. Then they subtract three months from the result. This calculation is based on a standard cycle of 28 days. Not all women follow this cycle and the time of ovulation is different for each person. Many do not even remember when they last saw their period making this method unusable.
Not all women know the date of their last period. In this case an ultrasound may be used to measure the size of the baby and then to calculate the age. If it is done in the first trimester then there is more room for accuracy. If it is done in the second and third trimesters it may be off by a few days.
The internet is another resource for finding your due date. There are calculators you can use by entering the date of your last period. You may have to adjust the number of days in your cycle however, as you may not follow the standard.
There are other methods that are used to calculate the due date. A mother’s belly can be measured to determine the height of the uterus. This information is used to determine the size of the baby and it’s age. The information received is then used to determine the due date.
At a certain number of weeks the sound of a baby’s heart can be heard. This may help to tell you the due date. There are those who also use the time when you first felt the baby move to figure out when the due date will take place. This is calculated by adding five months to when you first felt the movement. There are some mothers who do not feel the baby move until after the standard time, so this may not be accurate.
There was another method used in the nineteenth century, that calculated the due date by the cycles of the moon. Ten moon cycles were checked from the day you saw your last period. This method is not normally used today as it is not totally correct. It was an obstetrician living in Germany that came up with this method.
Learning how to predict your baby due date can be very helpful in many ways, especially if you want to know that your baby growing in healthy way. Even though you may have a prediction from your doctor of another source, things usually happen on their own course. It is best to just enjoy the moment and focus on having a healthy baby.
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