Calculating Conception Date

A lot of people have been talking about conception date calculators recently. As always, I was asked about it by a friend of mine. Read on to know all about it.
Pregnancy is one of the biggest joys for a couple. After celebrating the love that they share, expecting a baby is a definitely welcome add-on. On the other hand, there are times when mishaps can cause a rather unwelcome pregnancy as well. Either ways, science now not only allows, but also requires, the couple to be aware of the conception date. This is done with the help of a calculator that helps you estimate your due date. Let us delve into it, and know all about it in detail.

Conception Calculator by Due Date
This is a very frequently used method of finding out the conception of the baby. Obviously, by this method, considering the ovulation, menstrual cycle, and the due date, the conception date is calculated.

One thing that needs to be known is that conception mostly happens during the ovulation. While cases of conception before or after ovulation have been seen, it is fairly rare. The ovulation happens 14 days after the beginning of the menstrual cycle. Mostly, women have a 28 day cycle, hence the ovulation is assumed to start on the 14th day. However, if you have a longer cycle, the ovulation will happen a little after 14 days. Now, conception can occur 5 or 6 days before the ovulation date as well, which is mostly the assumed time span. Hence, once that due date is ascertained, a doctor will calculate 266 days prior to that to ascertain the conception date.

Pregnancy Calculator Based on Birthday
Due date of the birth of the baby may not exactly be the date of birth as well. More so, not always does the curiosity strikes an individual during the pregnancy. As such, even after the birth of the baby, one can calculate the conception date. This is done the same way as one may find out the conception date by the due date. However, in this case the number of days are calculated prior of the birth date.

This method is often used by parents when they are planning the second child and trying to figure out the most appropriate dates in the month to conceive.

Calculating the Due Date
This is often done on the basis of the conception date. While we may have discussed the reverse above, this is mostly the order in which it goes. An individual would first figure out how to calculate the conception date, and then on the basis of that, one would calculate the due date of the baby.

Conception date can be calculated without knowing the due date by checking the first date of the last menstrual cycle. Ovulation occurs 14 days (approx) into the cycle. Conception happens during the cycle mostly, however, it can occur out of intercourse had 5 or 6 days prior to it as well. Using these facts, an approximate conception date is calculated.

Now, we know that an average woman has a 28-day cycle. As such, once the pregnancy calculator has ascertained the conception date, a doctor simply ascertains the due date by going 266 days, which is 38 weeks post the conception date. However, in case of women with a cycle longer than 28 days, the due date may be pushed back by a few days, depending on her health and activity.

A pregnancy date calculator is used very often these days. People prefer to have complete information about their unborn offspring. More so, today's mothers are far more aware of the pregnancy stages and the different implications at each stage, making them want to know all about the conception, due date and childbirth. This is what I call evolved motherhood. This is where I sign off!! All the best!
By Rashida Khilawala
Published: 2/6/2010
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