Do Pregnancy Calculators Work?

Do Pregnancy Calculators Work?

One of the first questions women ask when they learn they’re pregnant is, “When am I due?” Knowing your estimated due date allows you to plan for a healthy pregnancy and to be prepared for the baby’s arrival. Pregnancy calculators can be effective tools in approximating your due date, but it’s important to understand that any calculator you use will only be able to offer an estimate, and that the odds of delivering on that exact date are slim.

How Do Pregnancy Calculators Work?

Whether you use an online pregnancy calculator, or you had your due date projected by a doctor or midwife, there are typically two methods used for calculating your due date. The first option is to estimate the due date based on the date of your last menstrual period. The second option is to base the estimation on the date of conception.

To calculate your due date based on your menstrual cycle, count 40 weeks from the date of your last period. To calculate your due date based on the date of conception, count out 38 weeks from the exact or approximate date you think you conceived.

How Accurate are Pregnancy Calculators?

According to BabyCenter, only about one in 20 women deliver on their due dates. It’s important to understand that a pregnancy calculator based on your conception date will offer a good approximation of the baby’s arrival. However, most women don’t know their exact conception date, making it difficult to calculate an exact due date. It is also possible that conception did not occur the same day you were sexually active, as your egg may have been fertilized a day or two later by sperm that was waiting in the fallopian tube.

For this reason, most health care experts recommend calculating your due date based on the date of your last menstrual period. Even using the menstrual period method, you’re still only left with an estimated due date. A doctor or midwife may alter your due date during your pregnancy based on the results of an ultrasound test that will indicate impacting factors, such as the size of the baby. To be best prepared for the baby’s arrival, use a pregnancy calculator as a guide, but know that you may ultimately deliver any time within one or two weeks before or after your calculated due date.

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Avail NYC offers a variety of pregnancy support services and referrals to help women and couples facing an unplanned pregnancy remain healthy and prepared. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you to make an informed and confident decision.

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My Partner Is Unexpectedly Pregnant: What Now?

My Partner Is Unexpectedly Pregnant: What Now?

As a popular commercial once said, “having a baby changes everything.” Even planned pregnancies can generate a flood of emotions for those going through the process for the first time, and if you weren’t expecting a child so soon, you may be wondering what to do. Read on for a few ways you can help support your partner through this rollercoaster ride, as well as tips on how you can both learn more about the options available to you.

Supporting Your Partner

There are a few small but powerful things you can do to provide your partner or spouse with moral support during this time in your lives.

First, you’ll want to set aside any urge you may have to force your partner into making a decision. When a pregnant woman feels pressured by her partner, she may either wind up resentful or worried that going against these wishes will end the relationship. Neither of these outcomes are ideal.

You’ll also want to tend to your partner’s physical needs as much as you can. Although every pregnancy is different, many women experience some strong symptoms during the first trimester, from fatigue to food cravings (and aversions) to nausea and vomiting. By taking on the lion’s share of household duties, like cleaning, cooking, and caring for pets, you’ll provide your partner with the freedom to relax and focus on her own physical and emotional health during this period.

It’s crucial to take care of your own needs during this time, as well. It can be hard to “fill another’s cup,” so to speak, when your own is empty, so practicing self-care—whether this is a commitment to daily exercise or meditation, or talking out your feelings with a non-judgmental friend—can leave you refreshed and re-invigorated to once again be your partner’s rock.

Exploring Your Options

Although you’re not the one physically carrying the pregnancy, which can often leave you feeling as though your wishes and desires are on the back burner, having “buy in” from both partners is key to maintaining a strong relationship going forward. It’s important for you to give some thought to the options available, even when you’re committed to letting your partner guide the way.

Going through an unplanned pregnancy can be an anxiety-inducing process for all involved, and this stress may be amplified for partners who sometimes may feel they have little say in whatever decision is made. By talking through your feelings with one of Avail NYC‘s male client advocates, you’ll be in a much better position to be the best partner possible. Contact us to make an appointment with an advocate today.

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What Are Healthy Relationships Based On?

What Are Healthy Relationships Based On?

Whether you’re single, exploring the dating field, or in a long-term, committed partnership, the relationships you maintain in your life are very important. A strong, healthy relationship can foster personal growth and development, helping you to become the best version of yourself through a focus on equality and respect.

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However, not all relationships are positive. Some interactions are driven by control and possession rather than love and trust, compromising your own well-being in favor of another’s self-interest. These kinds of relationships can be damaging and dangerous, especially when major life events, like an unexpected pregnancy, arise.

These tenets are key parts of maintaining strong, stable relationships – platonic, romantic, and otherwise.

Mutual Respect

Without respect, any relationship will falter. A partner who respects you will value you for who you are, including your interests, ideas, beliefs, and morals. Your partner should never ask you to change your identity, compromise on your ethics, or put you down for your personal qualities.

Trust and Honesty

A relationship without trust isn’t a relationship at all. You and your partner should be able to talk openly and honestly about any topic with an assumption of truthfulness. There is no room for paranoia, distrust, lying, or suspicion in a healthy partnership.

Support

A good partner supports you in all that you do, from seeking a new job to pursuing higher education. While some events may require compromise and discussion, you should never be put down or insulted when working through issues with your partner.

Fairness and Equality

In a healthy relationship, no one person is better or more worthy than another. You and your partner should share tasks, chores, and benefits equally to ensure a just and balanced experience in both good times and bad. A relationship where one person handles all of the emotional, physical, and financial labor isn’t fair at all.

Separate Identities

A relationship is a union between two people – two unique, independent people. Part of succeeding in a relationship means maintaining the qualities that define you, from friend groups to hobbies. Attempting to control another’s passions and pastimes is not healthy.

Good Communication

Communication is a true necessity in a successful relationship. Partners should be able to speak openly about any topic and receive positive, helpful responses that do not attack, abuse, or tear down. Effective communication can take many forms, from face-to-face chats to text messages, but channels should remain open and judgment-free at all times.

A Sense of Playfulness

Different relationships have different vibes, from serious to silly, but a sense of playfulness and adventure can keep the love alive. You should be able to have fun with your partner, from taking trips to enjoying favorite shows and movies. Playfulness might look different for each couple, but it is a worthwhile pursuit.

A strong relationship is a big part of successfully coping with an unplanned pregnancy. If you are seeking a caring, compassionate resource during an unexpected time, Avail NYC is here to make a difference. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.