How To Calculate Your Due Date
Congratulations on your pregnancy! What an exciting time. Let me guess – one of the first things you did after the positive pregnancy test was google “when is my due date”, “pregnancy calculator”, “Due date calculator” , “pregnancy due date calculator” any and all things related to pregnancy. Did I get that right? Yes – I thought so. The reason I know that is because I did the same time with each of my pregnancies.
I always loved resources that gave me insight to my pregnancy – like when my due date was, when I was starting my 1st trimester, 2nd trimester & 3rd Trimester. I love reading about the size of my baby and just in general different things that were happening to my body during this amazing time. And it’s not like I just researched all this stuff once – it was pretty much an obsession for me. It’s so fascinating.
I like to think of my website – www.TheBreastfeedingShop.com as a resource for new and expecting moms – not just an online shop where you can use your insurance to get a free breast pump. Yes, The Breastfeeding Shop has a lot of breast pumps – but we have a lot more too – like a “when is my due date calculator”, we can put you in touch with lactation consultant ICBLC, and other resources that are helpful during and after your pregnancy.
I always loved websites like What To Expect While Expecting & the app Nuture Pregnancy Week by Week. I appreciate (as a mom myself) all the online resources for pretty much anything I can think of. Social Media is always a wonderful place as well for information and to connect with other new and expecting moms.
Are Due Date Calculators Accurate?
Let’s get back to the pregnancy due date calculator – How accurate are they really? Of course, you must have your information right – like the first date of your last menstrual cycle.
According to BabyCenter, an online media company, only one in twenty women deliver on their due dates. To begin with, it is important to understand that a pregnancy calculator at best offers an approximation of your delivery date based on your date of conception, but they are still super fun & helpful.
The weeks of pregnancy are dated from the first day of your last period. This means that in the first two weeks, you would still not have conceived. The body would just be preparing to ovulate which means, releasing an egg from your ovaries.
Long story short – it is a more complicated calculation than you think – but they are a super helpful tool to get an approximate date. Then – it’s planning time! That is a different blog post all together!