For those wondering "how many weeks am I pregnant from my last period?" I think it’s time to figure out. It’s actually normal to have that question, especially if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. Learning how far along you are in your pregnancy is known as calculating your due date.
There are several ways to estimate the due date for your pregnancy including:
- Date of your last period
- Conception or ovulation date
- Measurements taken when having an ultrasound
- Transfer date (for vitro fertilization)
In the following, I’m going to inform you about the most basic method for calculating your baby’s due date that you can try once conceived. The answer later can help you prepare detailed plans for your little one.
Learn more about when you will meet your baby in today’s article!
When is Your Due Date from Your Last Period?
A typical woman’s due date is considered to be 40 weeks (approx. 280 days) after the first day of your last period. In some cases, it may last only 38 weeks (266 days) after the ovulation. Many think that getting an early ultrasound can determine or change the due date of yours. However, the final result still mainly depends on the 280-day gestational period.
See also: My chances of getting pregnant at 40
When did your last period begin? If you know the exact date of your last menstrual period (LMP), you can easily make use of it to find out how many weeks you are pregnant. According to most midwives and obstetricians, they often use a pregnancy wheel to quickly point out the due date from your last period.
Another way to calculate your due date is to apply Naegele’s rule.
What is Naegele’s rule? It’s in fact a formula used for determining when your baby is due to be born. It’s similar to how the pregnancy wheel works. You can calculate your own due date using this method:
Overview about Naegele’s rule
In order to get your due date using your LMP, you need to…
- Record the date of when your last period started
- Add one year
- Add seven days
- Move the date back three months
- Your last period started on October 18, 2022
- Add one year then it will become October 18, 2023
- Add seven days and it makes your date now October 25, 2023
- Move the date back three months so your due date would be July 25, 2023
People using fertility apps usually receive a different date compared to the one calculated and given by the doctor. No worry! The reason is because the system in most apps use the ovulation date instead of the date from your last period.
In case you ovulated 14 days earlier or later than your cycle, the due date will be shifted accordingly.
How many weeks am I pregnant?
To know exactly how many weeks you are pregnant from your last period, you’re advised to count how many weeks it has been since the first day of your previous menstrual cycle. For example, if a woman has her last period on April 3 and the current date is May 22, then you are 7-week pregnant.
Read more: How to get pregnant naturally?
The Importance of Your Due Date…
How important is it? Why is it important?
For pregnant women, the due date is one of the very first information you need to get the answer after finding out you’re conceiving a baby. Not only you and your partner, but your friends and family also want to know as well. Later they can look forward to the arrival of your child and also encouraging you.
The due date allows doctors, midwives, and nurses to track important health stages during your pregnancy so that they can help you make timely decisions if any potential issue occurs.
Your due date, also called the estimated date of delivery (DOD), is like the deadline of your pregnancy. It reveals the 40th week since your last period or the 38th week from your ovulation. By calculating the due date, you will likely determine the time to give birth – usually it happens within four weeks surrounding your DOD.
Put it simply, you will meet your little one sometimes two weeks before or two weeks after your given due date.
Using Tarot to Find Your Due Date
If you are a tarot reader, then you can make use of those cards to answer things related to "when" questions, like "when will I…?" or "when is a good time to…?" Many did use tarot for finding out the due date of your pregnancy.
In a tarot deck, we have four suits corresponding to four seasons:
- Swords: Spring
- Wands: Summer
- Cups: Autumn
- Pentacles: Winter
Knowing this will give you general ideas when something is going to happen. Firstly, let’s remove all major cards; then, do the shuffle with the minors only and pick a card.
I must note that these are my pairings of suits and seasons because they feel right to me. The spiritual energy of each suit fits well with the feeling of each season that I listed above. Others may have different matches depending on what feels right to them. You can completely create your own correspondences.
Next, these tarot cards also have connection with days of the week…
- The Moon or High Priestess: Monday
- The Tower: Tuesday
- The Magician: Wednesday
- The Wheel of Fortune: Thursday
- The Empress: Friday
- The World: Saturday
- The Sun: Sunday
Shuffle just these 7 cards and pick one randomly to find out the answer, or you could do a full pregnancy reading with a spread around your questions.
So, "how many weeks am I pregnant from my last period?"
You can answer this question once having your due date. Because of various reasons revolved around the pregnancy, the DOD is an essential factor. Aside from tracking the health condition of you and your baby, it also helps you estimate the time to prepare for the new arrival.
To those using tarot for pregnancy prediction, keep in mind that it’s just a tool to support your journey. You shouldn’t rely on it completely, especially for definitive decisions about your health or life.