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When will my baby be born?
Determining your due date can seem like a maze these days. How do you do it and what does it all mean?
Let's take a look at the history of determining due dates and how it affects when your baby will be born.
It is believed the average length of human gestation is approximately 266 days from conception. Assuming the average woman has cycles that lasted 28 days and that she ovulates on Day 14 of her cycle. Based on this here is the data to come up with a mathematical calculation for due dates:
((LMP + 7 days) - 3 months) = Due Date
However, this method does not consider certain factors in the calculation. For example: Not every woman ovulates on Day 14. Other situations that do not factor in are ethnicity, parity (how many successful pregnancies), prenatal care, better nutrition, and screening factors.
Today we still use the rule above to determine due dates. However, there is a new rise to the discussion of the accuracy of these calculations. With the advent of true prenatal care, midwives and physicians are helping women educate themselves about risk factors, nutrition and prenatal screening. This extends the lengths of gestation for many women.
One study indicates that we need to add 15 days to the formulae for Caucasian, first time mums, and 10 days for Caucasian mums having subsequent children. African American and Asian women tend to have shorter gestations.
Nowadays, we use ultrasound, when available or if there is a question of menstrual history. Ultrasound can be an effective way of dating a pregnancy, but this accuracy is lost if not performed in the first half of pregnancy.
Most authorities agree that there are many ways to date a pregnancy, and that not just one factor should be used to determine the final due date.
Keep in mind that due dates are estimates of when your baby will arrive. It is generally consider the normal time frame to be two weeks before your due date, until two weeks after your due date.
Remember, no matter how many times your neighbours, strangers, mothers, etc. ask you when you are due, smile, because only the baby really knows.