Is a pregnancy calculator necessary to use when you first find out you are pregnant? No, not necessarily. It is a fun way to figure out when your expected bundle of joy will be coming into the world, and it’s also good to know how far along you are when you set up prenatal care.
So what is a pregnancy calculator?
A pregnancy calculator is a simple tool for individuals who wish to confirm how far along they are. It’s a simple calculation to make. The estimate is based on your last menstrual cycle and it will give you a due date approximately 40 weeks out. However, it should be noted, a pregnancy is considered full term at 36 weeks. So even though you may be given a due date from the calculator, it is only an estimate. This tool is also good to use to figure out when each trimester will happen and the estimated fetal age, and the potential conception date.
Please note, this does not take the place of visiting a health care provider. Once you believe you are pregnant, you should call them right away to find out next steps as part of your prenatal care. They will actually use a calculator on you as well when you call to make the first appointment, based on your last menstrual cycle.
Does the calculator only work for a natural pregnancy?
No. In fact, most online calculators give you the option to include additional information if you have undergone some sort of infertility treatment. Since infertility treatments are timed based upon your cycle, the calculations tend to be more accurate. That does not mean that you calculation you receive will be the absolute due date. Every pregnancy and every baby is different. Only your body and baby can decide when your bundle of joy will come into the world.
How does it work?
As I mentioned at the beginning, enter the date of your respective last menstrual plus and click the calculate button. Some calculators ask for the length between your cycle to provide you a more accurate estimation. By knowing this information it can help you to monitor the growth and development of your growing baby. And more importantly, discover the date of conception and due date.