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undefinedYou may not realize it, but only 5 percent of women give birth when they think they will. In an effort to dissolve common pregnancy myths, and help you figure out when your baby will make its appearance, we’ve compiled some tips that you may not be aware of.

Calculations

To calculate your due date, your doctor will take the first day of your last menstrual period, and add 280 days, or the equivalent of 40 weeks. This method assumes that your period arrives like clockwork every 28 days. A first-trimester sonogram is much more trustworthy. During the time, your doctor will measure the length of the fetus and size of the gestational sac. If these don’t line up with the original calculations, your doctor is likely to adjust it.

Sooner Than Later

Most women, almost 80 percent, deliver between 37 and 42 weeks. The other 11% deliver prematurely. Your build can play a role in this – women who weigh less than 110 pounds are at a slightly higher risk.

Waiting

It can be difficult and uncomfortable when you are slightly past your due date waiting for your baby to come. Experts aren’t really sure why some women have longer pregnancies than others, however, gender can play a role. One study found that boy fetuses are more likely to go beyond their due date than girls.

Baby’s Arrival

Whether you give birth exactly on your due date, or in the weeks before or after, it won’t matter in the long run. You’ll be overjoyed to finally meet your tiny, sweet bundle.

  Posted: Wednesday, July 6th, 7:13pm 3 years ago

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