The first date in your pregnancy calendars your last menstrual period date. Forty weeks from that date is your expected due date or EDD. Generally, any day after the 37th week is safe as your baby will attain full development by the 37th week.
Pregnancy calendars furnish the following information:
- Growth and developmental records of your baby during each trimester of pregnancy
- Physical changes that you undergo during the pregnancy period and how are you coping with these changes
- Emotional changes that you undergo
- Nutritional intake and exercises that you follow for a healthy pregnancy
- The do’s and don’ts of pregnancy that you follow
Once you know your last menstrual period date, your doctor will give a tentative due date, you can start maintaining the physical and emotional changes that you are undergoing on a weekly basis. You can compare this with any standard pregnancy calendar to assure yourself that everything is well. A pregnancy calendar helps you to understand every change that your body is undergoing throughout the gestational period. It helps you keep a track of what is happening to your baby inside your womb. Apart from this some of the advantages of maintaining a calendar are:
- You can use the calendar to keep all your queries and doubts ready for your doctor.
- The pregnancy calendar is particularly useful in the third trimester of pregnancy (week 25 to week 40). In this final trimester, there are many changes happening to your body. With the help of a good calendar, you can identify whether the contractions are true or false and whether there is a need to consult the doctor.
- It also helps your doctor; whenever you go for a checkup carry your calendar it will give her a detailed insight about your pregnancy developments.
- You can use your weekly pregnancy calendar to understand your future pregnancies better and use it as a reference to take necessary precautions well in advance.