Pregnancy calculator helps in estimating the time of conception to the delivery date
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A pregnancy calculator gives an estimate of the due date for a pregnant woman. Typically, pregnancy lasts for approximately 40 weeks and can be split up into three trimesters of 13 weeks each.
How to calculate estimated due date
Online pregnancy period calculators in India estimate the due date based on the date of the last menstrual period (LMP). Conception typically occurs 2 weeks after the last menstrual period. The estimated due date is calculated as 40 weeks from the LMP.
How are trimesters calculated
Typically a pregnancy is around 40 weeks, and it is split into three trimesters. A trimester calculator will give the dates of the beginning and end of each of the three trimesters.
First Trimester: It starts from the first day of the last menstrual period(LMP) until the last day of the 13th week. During the last period, the body prepares for pregnancy, with the uterus getting ready for ovulation, which is the release of eggs from the ovaries.
Second Trimester: It starts from the beginning of the fourth week after the LMP and lasts until the end of the 27th week of pregnancy.
Third Trimester: It starts from the beginning of the 28th week after the LMP until labour.
If you are confused about the exact dates of the trimester, a week by week pregnancy calculator can pinpoint which trimester you are in based on the estimated due date.
Planning for pregnancy
An ovulation calculator will help a woman track her ovulation cycle. It allows an individual to know when exactly they are most fertile during their menstrual cycle. The best time to conceive would be during the “Estimated Fertility Window”, which is a 10-day window when ovulation is most likely to occur. For women who typically have a menstrual cycle between 29 and 32 days, ovulation will take place on one day between days 11 and 21.
Are online pregnancy calculators accurate
A pregnancy due date calculator uses the date of the last menstrual period to estimate the due date or the date of conception. In fact, only about 5% of women deliver their baby on the originally estimated date of delivery. An online pregnancy calculator can be used only as a reference but delivery may be any time within one or two weeks before or after the estimated date.
Health and Nutrition tips during pregnancy
A balanced diet is crucial for anyone looking to lead a healthy lifestyle and is all the more critical during pregnancy. Here are some tips to maintain a balanced diet:
The primary source of carbohydrates must be from grains such as wheat, rice, ragi, jowar, millet, and oats.
Consume at least 2-3 different types of fruits and 3-4 different types of vegetables in a day. They are crucial to meet the body’s daily requirement for vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Protein must be consumed from a variety of sources such as dairy, meat, and legumes.
Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, and cottage cheese are excellent sources of protein and calcium. The latter is crucial for the development of strong bones in the fetus.
Peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios and other similar nuts are rich in healthy fats, which are important for maintaining hormone levels in the body.
At least 8 glasses of water must be consumed throughout the day.
In addition to eating a balanced diet, certain nutrients are more important before conception. These include Folic acid, iron and calcium. These nutrients aren’t as widely available in natural food sources, and vitamin supplements can go a long way in meeting the requirement.
Avoid the consumption of unhealthy fats and sugar. Consumption of alcohol and drugs must also be strictly avoided.
The number of calories that must be consumed by pregnant women varies based on the stage of pregnancy. Hence, caloric intake must be increased through the course of the pregnancy.
Following these nutrition tips can go a long way in ensuring that the good health of the child and the mother, and also lower the chance of complications during pregnancy.
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