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How is the pregnancy due date calculated?

How is the pregnancy due date calculated?

40 weeks from LMP: The convention is calculating 40 complete weeks from the last normal mentrual period. For assisted conception by any method there are small modifications, but they don't change the basic rule. With uncertain/unknown lmp, dating is estimated by ultrasound measurement of fetal parts and pregnancy structures, but if this agrees within 1 week to lmp, then menstrual dating is still used. ...Read more

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How accurate are ultrasounds in determining due date?

How accurate are ultrasounds in determining due date?

Depends on dates: The ultrasound (us) is the most accurate way we have of deciding how pregnant you are. There is a variation in us accuracy due to how we measure and who is measuring, but the accuracy is about 3-4 days before or after the measured size until about 10 weeks, plus or minus a week to about 14-15 weeks, then gradually changing up to a 3 week range in the last 2 months of pregnancy. ...Read more

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When is it appropriate to change a due date?

When is it appropriate to change a due date?

Due date change: Due dates are changed when two or more landmark parameters disagree with the LMP. Those landmarks are ultrasound dating, fetal heartbeat first heard, interval fetal growth, date of quickening by the mother, etc. Besides, the pregnancy is usually 40+ weeks long and the Great Creator often decides actual labor dates anyway. The adage is true "If the apple is ripe, it will fall off the tree." ...Read more

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What is a healthy amount of weight to gain as I approach my pregnancy due date?

What is a healthy amount of weight to gain as I approach my pregnancy due date?

20-30# total: Most experts say 20-25 or 25-30 # is ideal weight gain for a woman of healthyl weight with a single fetus throughout the pregnancy. This weight includes the fetus, the placenta, the amniotic fluid, the increased maternal blood volume of breast enlargement and some increased body fat. Most of the weight gain in the last few weeks is baby weight of up to 1/2# per week plus some fluid retention. ...Read more

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How can I prepare for my pregnancy due date?

How can I prepare for my pregnancy due date?

There's a huge ..: To Do list! First, continue taking care of yourself: keep all doctor appointments, breathe deeply, take naps, stretch, line up help. For baby: keep track of movements, prepare for breastfeeding, assemble baby gear/room, wash newborn clothes. For delivery: learn about coping with pain/stages of labor, pack bag, Together: pick out your baby names! Get ready for the ride of your life! Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it serious if my baby isn't born on the due date?

Is it serious if my baby isn't born on the due date?

Depends: Healthy babies are generally born within 1-2 weeks before and up to a week after their due date. The "due date" is more a reference point than anything else. The farther away they are from the due date the more of certain risks are present.A kid born 10 weeks early has risks of prematurity, a kid born 2 weeks or more late has a placenta that is wearing out and has higher risk of stillbirth. ...Read more

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How can I get in shape to have a healthy pregnancy?

How can I get in shape to have a healthy pregnancy?

Do what you love.: Body: move your body in ways that you love. Dancing, swimming, aerobics, weight training, tai chi, cycling, yoga, walking, gardening, belly dancing... Mind: begin your day with a meditative practice. Prayer and meditation, journaling, yoga.. Spirit: be sure you have healed your emotional wounds from childhood and beyond. Get outside help if needed. Pregnancy can bring up unfinished business. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do while pregnant?

What exercises can I do while pregnant?

Physical activity.: Unless there is a specific medical contraindication - you can usually continue to exercise when pregnant. Would avoid physical contact sports and high risk activities (i.e., like parachuting). You OB will advise if there are activities you should not engage in. ...Read more

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What's a healthy diet during pregnancy?

What's a healthy diet during pregnancy?

Eat Smart: Try to incorporate fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats into your everyday diet. Eat small meals throughout the day so that you won't overeat all at once. If you have cravings allow yourself to have them every once in a while, otherwise you will crave them more. You can eat healthy and still enjoy yourself! ...Read more

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Are prenatal vitamins imporant?

Are prenatal vitamins imporant?

Absolutely vital: Please remember that you are feeding your baby as well as yourself and the vitamins are needed for both of you. ...Read more