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Pretty much every mama out there has found themselves searching the internet for a due date calculator. Whether you are trying to conceive with specific timing in mind, or are already pregnant and curious to know when your little bundle will arrive, thinking about due dates is super exciting.

Here's everything you may be wondering about your baby's due date, mama:


What is a due date?

Due dates have a lot of terminologies, all referring to the same thing. You might hear:

  • Estimated date of delivery (EDD)
  • Estimated date of childbirth (EDC)
  • Estimated date of confinement (EDC) (… wait what? Back in the day, women were confined to a bed or the hospital when they gave birth, hence the word confinement.)
  • Guess day

Whatever phrasing you use, your due date is the day that we estimate your baby will be born on.

How long is pregnancy?

Pregnancies last approximately 280 days, which is 40 weeks, which is (sorry) about 10 months—not nine like we always hear.

  • At 37 weeks, the pregnancy is considered early-term (full-term, but on the early side of it).
  • At 41 weeks, the pregnancy is considered late-term.
  • At 42 weeks, the pregnancy is considered post-term.

When is my due date?

There are a few ways to calculate your due date; the first is based on the first day of your last period (LMP). Here is the formula:

  • Write out your LMP.
  • Subtract three months.
  • Add seven days.

So, say your LMP was on April 10th:

  • Subtracting three months from April brings you to January.
  • Adding seven days to 10 gives you 17.
  • Your due date is January 17th.

You can also use a due date calculator, which can also help if you know the day of intercourse, insemination, or embryo transfer.

Ultrasounds to determine your due date

For a variety of reasons, a lot of women don't know when their last period was (like, a lot… so don't worry if you're not sure, mama!); histories of irregular periods, medications, and plain-old-forgetting are all normal reasons to be unsure.

A transvaginal ultrasound (where a lubricated ultrasound wand is inserted into the vagina) can help to figure out due dates, especially when done in the first trimester. They will measure the size of the embryo, and use the information gathered to determine the due date. As your pregnancy progresses, it becomes harder to calculate the gestational age and size of the fetus with an ultrasound (the bigger they get, the more inaccurate the measurements are).

How accurate are due dates?

In short, not very. In fact, only about 4% of women will give birth on their due date. Most first-time moms will give birth 3-5 days past their due date, and a great many go longer than that still.

Going past your due date can be frustrating. Your provider will discuss all of your options, like waiting for labor to start on its own versus induction with you. (Psst: if that's you, here are seven things to think about when you go past your due date.)

Ultimately, due dates are really exciting to think about—but my recommendation is to try to think of them as an "around date." Instead of saying, "I'm due on May 15th," maybe try, "I'm due sometime in May!"

Mama, your baby will come, and when they do, it will be the most perfect date of all: your baby's birthday!

For all those planner mamas-to-be: Our due date calculator can help you figure out the exact day your baby could be born. Birth coach not included.


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