Realizing that you are pregnant is an emotional moment. It is intense to think of the changes your body will go through, the responsibility you now have for another life, and how you will care for your baby. All of these emotions are heightened if you have questions about when your child was conceived. If you do have questions, there is a simple way to set your mind at ease: you can consult a conception calculator.
from Birth, LMP and Due dates.
These are probable conception dates based on an average cycle of 28 days.
To use the calculator:
What is a conception calculator?
It is a calculator that allows you to enter your due date/baby’s birth date or the first day of your last period. The calculator takes that date and gives you a window of about eight days when you might have conceived. This is an easy and private way to answer questions you might have about your conception date and who your baby’s father might be.
Why is the conception calculator accurate?
Your menstrual cycle typically includes five days each month when you have a chance of conception. Those are the days you ovulate. For the most part, that is around twelve to sixteen days before you have your period. You must also factor in that a man’s sperm can remain viable for three to five days inside you. That means you still might become pregnant if you have sex within that time before you ovulate.
Obviously, if you get your period between the date on which you have sex with a man and the date you conceive, then he can’t be your baby’s father. Keep all those facts in mind when you use the conception calculator to determine who might be the father of your baby. It also helps you project forward and determine the possible due date of your baby.
Let’s look at an example of how the conception calculator works:
Suppose you choose to enter the first day of your last period. Let’s say that day was March 20, 2016. If you enter that date, you will find out that the most likely date of ovulation was April 3, 2016. That is fifteen days after the first date of your period. An ovulation date of April 3rd leaves a window of conception from March 30th to April 7th. Projecting forward 40 weeks, that gives you a due date of December 25, 2016. A Christmas baby! With that information, you know that your baby’s father could be any man you had sex with between March 30th and April 7th. This may allow you to eliminate the possibility that any man you did not have sex with during that period is your baby’s father.
The conception calculator is a great tool for you to use. Naturally, you should also be consulting your gynecologist with any questions you have about your conception date and your baby’s paternity. If, after using the conception calculator and consulting your doctor, you still have questions, you will want to have a paternity test done when the time is right. That will put any remaining doubts to rest.
Don’t let any sense of embarrassment prevent you from talking to your doctor. Your doctor is professional and bound by doctor/patient confidentially. They also have the know-how and the tools to help you be certain about your baby’s paternity. Use the conception calculator and consult your doctor so you get your questions answered and gain the certainty you need.