Pregnancy Due Date

Pregnancy Due Date Predictions Can Assist You To Become Pregnant!

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Getting a reasonably reliable pregnancy due date is a quite straightforward arithmetical exercise involving the date of your last period and the normal length of your menstrual cycle.
Assuming that this information is available, all you need to do, in theory, is add 40 weeks to the first day of your last period and you can generally predict your pregnancy due date with sufficient accuracy to be close to the day your Doctor is likely to derive for you.

BUT you need to be very careful if you are going put any reliance on the day you predict because a baby born only three weeks earlier than the official pregnancy due date is classified as being premature!

On the subject of prematurity,  babies born as early as 24 weeks from when they were conceived are still regarded as being viable even if they weigh as little as two or three pounds!
Survival rates are good nowadays because of the wonderful advances in modern medical care in Western societies.
And anyway 92% of babies very obligingly arrive within the two to three week window around their predicted  pregnancy due date!
But, make the most of it, because you'll soon find that once they emerge into the World they're no longer anywhere near as obliging in all sorts of ways.

When is my due date? Remember, accuracy is vital!

OK, you can get a reasonable indication of your pregnancy due date by calculating it yourself, but  this is NOT recommended except for preliminary guidance, but until you get official confirmation from your Doctor, you can't really start making your own personal plans.
While it's always best to seek expert advice from a qualified medical person, there are also many websites that can automatically perform the calculations for you.
You just need to enter the first day of your last period and the average length of your menstrual cycle and you can get an immediate indication of your pregnancy due date.      
The United Kingdom's BBC Website is our favourite for this because, as it's a non-commercial site, it gives a lot of useful unbiased information in addition to just predicting your pregnancy due date.
Once you've got a reliable date, all you theoretically need to do is to wait for your new baby to be a nice obedient child and arrive promptly on the appointed day!
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However, not every woman monitors her periods accurately enough to know the exact date when her last one actually started and the average length of her monthly cycle may also be a bit of a mystery. 
But it's no great problem because even if your dates are as much two weeks out and therefore the predicted pregnancy due date is initially quite wrong when you first get it, other signs and symptoms rapidly appear as your pregnancy progresses so that an experienced Doctor will be 
able to home in on the true date soon enough to ensure that you taking the right action at the right time.

As mentioned above, about 92% of babies are born within a few days of the official pregnancy due date so once your personal information is properly established you can start to feel pretty confident that your baby will be born in time for Christmas or will be old enough for you to take him or her on an Easter vacation maybe or whatever you want to plan for the wonderful times to come.

But pregnancy due date calculations can also have a hidden benefit if you are just starting to think about becoming pregnant although you will probably need to rely on your own calculations or get the information from a website that can automatically compute if for you. 
Again, the BBC Website is particularly helpful with top tips on how to recognise the most fertile time of your cycle. To find out this information, you simply proceed exactly as directed to find your pregnancy due date but as you're not pregnant, make sure that the first day of your last period was only 3 weeks before.
Obviously you're not using this method to find your pregnancy due date but to predict when during your menstrual cycle you will be most likely
to be ovulating and therefore most likely to be able to conceive. 

If you choose to manually compute the information, the arithmetic is based on the first day of your last period together with the expected length of your menstrual cycle. 
The assumption is that you are most likely to ovulate within two or three days either side of the mid-point of your cycle.
As an example, if your monthly cycle is 28 days and the first day of your period is the 1st of the month, the best time to have sex would be between the 12th and 16th although the rest of the month is not to be neglected provided you give it your best during the all-important window of opportunity!

Clearly, you would need to recalculate each month to determine when you are most likely to be ovulating but once you get the hang of it, it becomes a very simple exercise.

If you're both  in your twenties, you've got a 20-25% chance of getting pregnant each month, especially if you take full advantage of the 'prime time' around the middle of your cycle.

So within 4 or 5 months you could easily have already received your official pregnancy due date!!

Obviously, the older you both are, the less likely it is that you will conceive this quickly although it is still possible. 
Statistics show that 95% of all couples who are seriously trying for a baby will finally succeed even if it takes ages and most people seem to enjoy the 'effort' involved anyway!

Even though on average 20% of women will fail to get pregnant in the first year, the vast majority will eventually be given their all-important pregnancy due date!

Please be advised that there is NO substitute for expert medical advice, but you can get a 'sneak preview' of your likely pregnancy due date by using a website that has an online calculator facility and you can definitely use one of these sites to give a good indication of when will be the most advantageous time during your monthly cycle to really try your best to become pregnant!

Good Luck!!

Helen

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