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Baby Planning for Beginners: Ovulation & Conception

Are you planning for a baby?

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Have you decided it’s time to grow your family?

 

Are you already expecting a baby?

 

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, congratulations!!

 

PLOTTING A PREGNANCY DUE DATE

Growing a human is serious business but because of science and research, the process doesn’t have to be completely unpredictable. There are tools that can help us track fertility,  try to plan conception dates, and determine estimated due date (EDD).

 

In this post, I share a few helpful tools.

 

Let’s start with ovulation.

 

OVULATION

WHAT IS OVULATION

Ovulation is the time in your cycle when hormones trigger the release of an egg from the ovaries.

 

HOW IS OVULATION RELATED TO FERTILITY?

Ovulation is different for every woman; however, it is believed that women are most fertile two-three days before ovulation. So, understanding your own ovulation signals can help you time sex with your partner to optimize the chances of getting pregnant.

 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF OVULATION?

Recognizing the signs of ovulation can be difficult but many women experience increased sex drives, cramping, and increased cervical mucus. If those symptoms aren’t easily apparent, there are conception tests that screen for the presence of hormones in the urine.

 

There is even an ovulation predictor test sold at the Dollar Store. I can’t speak to accuracy personally but I did have accurate results from the pregnancy tests made by the same company (Assured).

 

Another option to explore when looking for personal ovulation information is a calculator.

 

OVULATION CALCULATOR 

Check out this ovulation calculator, it claims to help determine your fertility window and helps set a range of dates to help with conception.

 

Resource: Ovulation: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant

 

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Many women have successfully tracked their ovulation and used it to avoid or plan for a pregnancy.

Once you get pregnant, a physical transformation begins.

 

PREGNANCY

Getting a positive pregnancy test can be life-changing.

 

As I mentioned earlier, when I felt changes in my body that suggested that I may be pregnant, I took several Dollar Store pregnancy tests and they all came back positive!

 

HOW DOES A PREGNANCY TEST WORK?

A pregnancy test screens for a hormone in the urine called HCG.  Below is a short video that will hopefully make it all make more sense.

 

Once I learned I was pregnant, I was eager to know when my baby would be arriving.  I used my Google buddy to search ‘pregnancy due date calculators’.

 

Find a list of 15 popular online due date calculators here.

 

WHEN IS MY PREGNANCY DUE DATE?

Peeing on a stick can let you know if you are having a baby and a few quick strokes on a keyboard can help you predict your due date. Who doesn’t love technology?

 

Information is everywhere but have you wondered how it all works?

 

HOW THE PREGNANCY DUE DATE CALCULATORS WORK

Many online calculators use Naegele’s Rule to calculate your estimated due date (EDD).

 

Naegele’s Rule

The pregnancy due date calculators will ask you for the first day of your last menstrual period aka LMP and simply add 40 weeks or 280 days to that date. It’s a standard calculation that is named after a German obstetrician, Franz Karl Naegele.

 

You can do the calculation yourself without a calculator (Do I sound like your 5th-grade math teacher?)

 

Calculation: [ (The first day of  LMP – 3 calendar months) + (1 year &  7 days) ]

*This calculation is based on a 28 menstrual cycle.

 

If math isn’t your friend you can use this chart via John Hopkins website that will show you your due date based on the calculation above. Still, no calculator required.  Because I’m a geek I checked it against 15 popular online calculators and it got the same results. For an LMP of 3/8/2018 with a 28-day cycle, the EDD was consistently December 13th, 2018.

 

Other rules to predict your due date include:

  • Mittendorf-Williams Rule- A more advanced calculation that takes into account demographic, biological, and environmental demographics.
  • Parikh’s Formula- A formula that accounts for menstrual cycle duration.

 

PREGNANCY DUE DATE CALCULATORS ONLINE

I like Essential Baby’s due date calculator because it doesn’t require providing an email address to get the results and it provides conception date, trimester dates, and estimated due date.

 

No matter, what is used to predict your due date, I’m sorry to tell you…we all have to just wait and see. Babies don’t care about our predictions. Your baby will decide your real due date.

 

THE ESTIMATED DUE DATE (EDD)

The EDD is just an estimate and while it’s hugely valuable to your prenatal care, less than 5% of babies are born on their due date.

 

Less than 5% of babies are born on their due date.

 

My first, was born a week and some days after my due date. Oh, the joy!

 

Instead of focusing on specific dates, I like to focus on the process.

 

If you are in a stage of family planning, I wish you the best of luck. Having a timeline from conception to birth helps make it all feel real.

 

Related: 23 Creative Things to Do When Pregnancy Feels Unreal

 

Once pregnancy is feeling real, try to keep it fun.

 

PREGNANCY ZODIAC  CALENDAR

Even if you don’t know heaps about astrology, you may know your astrology sign and may be interested in knowing your babies sign. Of course, this will only be finalized after your baby is born but it can be fun to take a look.

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Are you growing an Aries, a Scorpio, or sometimes else that is sure to keep you on your toes?

 

 

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Tiffany

 

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