The Usefulness of Using a Pregnancy Calendar

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5:44 am November 10, 2011

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A pregnancy calendar is particularly useful, especially with first-time expectant mothers, but women who are having their second or third babies can still find it very helpful. You can use a more traditional paper pregnancy calendar, which has wide spaces in it where you can take down observations, reminders, and other notes about your pregnancy. You can also use an online pregnancy calendar, which is very popular these days, so you’re free to share updates with family and friends who aren’t near.

Helpful Information

A pregnancy calendar is more than just a chart of dates counting down till your expected day of giving birth. It contains very detailed and useful information that will guide you along your 36 weeks of carrying a baby to full term. Many pregnancy calendars are written on a week-by-week basis. This tells you how your baby is developing at that stage, what symptoms you are supposed to feel, and what types of food to eat and exercises to engage in to keep you and your baby in optimum health. A pregnancy calendar also helps you deal with unpleasant symptoms you may experience at each stage.

Where to Start

You only have to determine at which week of pregnancy you are in so you can start using a pregnancy calendar. The most accurate way of doing this is to visit your ob-gyne for an ultrasound, where your doctor can most likely identify the exact stage of your pregnancy. A less precise but still fairly reliable method is to count 40 weeks from the first day of your last period, adding an extra month to the normal nine month pregnancy, to arrive at an estimated due date. This will give you a general idea of where you are in your pregnancy.

Identifying Problems

One of the most beneficial uses of a pregnancy calendar is that it helps you identify abnormalities during your pregnancy. A good calendar should include all possible symptoms that you should feel during that stage of pregnancy. If you experience something unusual, or something that isn’t included in the calendar, then something must be off. However, do not substitute a pregnancy calendar for the advice of a professional. If you suspect that something is wrong, always go to your ob-gyne for advice.

The Chinese Way

Seven hundred years ago, a group of Chinese healers discovered an ancient script that supposedly contains the secret to choosing your baby’s sex. Although mainstream health workers may scoff at the idea of using an alternative pregnancy calendar to influence the sex of your baby, many practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine swear by the accuracy of this calendar.

There are several factors to consider here. First, you have to figure out your Chinese lunar age by adding an additional nine months to your Western age and your baby’s date of conception using the same Chinese lunar calendar. Then you have to chart these two dates on the Chinese pregnancy calendar and if their point of intersection is colored blue, your baby’s going to be a boy. If it falls on a pink spot, it’s going to be a girl.

Of course, it could be fun and there’s really no harm done in using it, but the important thing to remember is that you don’t set your hopes way to high on the correctness of using the Chinese birth chart.

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