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Before your first antenatal consult

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Know your EDD — when is your baby due?

The antenatal period is a wonderful time for you to enjoy and bond with baby. However, it is crucial that you remain healthy, both physically and emotionally. Antenatal care is part of this preparation and your first visit to your obstetrician after pregnancy is an important occasion.

Calculate your EDD

Your baby was conceived about 14 days after the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). Expected date of delivery (EDD) is at 40 weeks — that is 40 weeks after LMP or 280 days after LMP or 38 weeks (266 days) since conception. It all corresponds to the same EDD. Amazing, isn't it?

However, your pregnancy is already full-term at 37 weeks, i.e. your baby is full matured and ready for delivery. So get your maternity bag and baby cot ready! Preterm (premature) delivery refers to a delivery before 37 completed weeks after LMP.

There are many EDD calculators that are freely available from the Internet. Do a search engine for "pregnancy date calculator" and you will find them.

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