Figuring Out Your Pregnancy Due Date

by | September 1, 2018

Have you been trying to figure out when your baby will arrive? Adding, subtracting, multiplying, counting on your fingers? Figuring out your pregnancy due date is actually easier than you think.

How is my due date calculated?

There’s no exact way to tell for sure when you ovulated and conceived, unless you’re tracking your ovulation or only had sex with on one occasion before your missed period. Your pregnancy due date is calculated on the date of your last period instead to give a relatively more accurate estimate.

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Most women will ovulate about two weeks after the first day of their period, and will conceive shortly afterwards. An average pregnancy will last between 37 and 42 weeks, and most people average it out to be about 40 weeks.

Will my baby be born on my due date?

There’s no way to tell for definite if your baby will arrive on your pregnancy due date, it’s really just more of an estimate. Only about 4% of babies are actually born on their predicted due date. Knowing your due date will give you time to get everything ready, and be prepared for when labor does start and your baby arrives.

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Will my due date change when I have a scan?

Depending on where you live, your first pregnancy scan will usually happen around 10-14 weeks pregnant. This first scan is known as the dating scan, and is used to give you a more accurate due date based on the size and development of your baby.

Unfortunately, there’s no definite way to tell when your baby will decide to make their appearance in the world, but hopefully some of these tips will help you figure out your pregnancy due date. 

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