How Do I Know when I Got Pregnant?
How do I know when I got pregnant? This is sometimes one of those questions for which you simply need an answer to avoid headaches.
Table of Contents
- 1 How Do I Know When I Got Pregnant?
- 2 How to Calculate When U Got Pregnant?
- 3 Due Date Calculator
- 4 How Do I Know when I’m Ovulating?
How Do I Know When I Got Pregnant?
It might seem complicated to find out when you got pregnant, but it isn`t really that hard once you take into consideration a few things – basically you need a calculator to determine your due date, date of last period and date of conception. Other questions that are of great importance now are “How to calculate when you got pregnant?” or “How do I know when I`m ovulating?”
The first week – when we talk about the regular 40 weeks of pregnancy – it starts in the first day of the normal menstrual period (LMP). Yes, it`s true that you aren`t pregnant yet, but for the most specialists the count starts since this day.
The number of weeks passed, based on a term of 40 weeks from the last period, is known as menstrual age. Two weeks later, when and if, one of your eggs is fertilized, the count of the “gestational age” starts – since the baby was conceived.
This has a term of around 38 weeks, meaning the time when the baby develops in the uterus.
Naegle`s Rule is a simple formula to calculate the probable due date based on the fact that a pregnancy usually lasts 280 days from the LMP, or 266 from the conception. To apply the rule and establish when you may have to give birth, add 7 to the day`s number of your last period, subtract 3 months, then add a year.
How to Calculate When U Got Pregnant?
If for instance your menstrual age is 10 July 2016:
- Add 7 to 10 = 17;
- Subtract 3 months from July (the 7th month) = April (the 4th month);
- Add 1 year: 2016 + 1 = 2017.
The probable due date would be 17 April 2017, and the conception date would probably be 24 July, if you have a regular menstrual cycle of 28 days.
Now that you are aware of all these details, it`s important to know one thing: the probable due date is an estimation because every baby, as every adult for that matter, is different. Think about it for a second! Did you have your first period in the same time as your friends?
In reality, only 5% from all babies were born at what is technically known as the probable due date. Most babies are born during the period of 2 weeks in advance or after the due date, and they are considered to be born at term, healthy and perfectly normal from this point of view.
Due Date Calculator
How Do I Know when I’m Ovulating?
The signs and symptoms of the ovulation are pretty subtle and still, if you understand when you are ovulating – and to make sex around that period, especially 1 or 2 days before ovulation – can improve your chances to become pregnant. There are a few ways to do so:
Measurement of How Long Is your Period
One of the misconceptions about fertility is that the woman when it ovulating is the most fertile, in the 14th day of her menstrual cycle. This is true only for women who have a regular cycle (of 28 days), and this happens at just 10% from them.
Actually, there aren`t 14 days since the menstruation began, but 14 days before the next menstruation. Therefore, if the menstrual cycle is perfectly regular, you can approximate the day when the ovulation will come subtracting 14 days from the day when you are expecting your next menstruation. For instance, a woman with a menstrual cycle of 30 days probably eliminates the egg in the 16th day, and a woman with a cycle of 26 days, in the 12th day.
At most women, the menstrual cycle has lasts between 28 to 32 days. The ovulation can be calculated starting with the first days of the last menstruation or subtracting 12 – 16 days from the date of the next menstruation. Most women ovulate at some moment between the 11th and 21st day of their cycle when you count from the first day of the last menstrual cycle. This is what is known as “fertile period,” because during this period you have the highest chance of becoming pregnant. The ovulation can appear in different moments of the menstrual cycles and in different days from one month to another.
Daily Measurement of Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
Measuring the body`s temperature every morning before getting out of bed is a method of confirming your ovulation. After the egg is released, due to the secretion of progesterone, the body`s temperature increases with 0.5 ° C and remains slightly increased until right before the next menstruation. Still, this method isn`t useful to schedule a sexual contact because when the body`s temperature has started to decreased, the ovulation has already occurred, which means that there`s very little time to conceive, up to 24 hours to be more exact.
Using an Ovulation Predictor
If the menstrual cycle is irregular, then it may be useful an ovulation predictor. This method aims to identify, for example in urine, an increase of the luteinizing hormone (LH) which appears 16 to 32 hours before ovulating. The possibility for error of this test is relatively short and limits its practical usefulness.
The Examination of Cervical Fluid
You can examine cervical fluid (either from a napkin or from your underwear) to find out at what moment of your cycle are. A few days after menstruation, cervical fluid can be dry, thick and sticky, and then it becomes watery. When this fluid becomes clear, glossy and elastic (can be stretched), similar to egg white, it means that you are in your fertile period.
Listen to your Body
There are a few physical signs associated with ovulation, although rather subtle, and they can be noticed sometimes by some women.
Around 20% from women feel a pain similar to an acute cramp, rarely severe, located on one side of the lower abdomen. Mittelschmerz – “pain in mid-cycle” in German – is produced in the moment of ovulation due to an irritation of the peritoneum (the membrane of the pelvis and abdomen) by the liquid or blood eliminated along with the egg from the ovary.