History of Baby Showers

History of Baby Showers

This post is part of our educational series on the history of common baby gear and baby events including baby showers which have been around since Ancient Egypt.

Baby Shower occasions have been celebrated since the ancient Egyptian and Roman times, where guests gave newborns and new parents with handmade gifts.

While the activities involved in baby showers have evolved with time, the primary reason for the celebrations remains true; to celebrate the new mom for carrying a pregnancy successfully and welcoming the new baby in society.

This five-minute article explains the definition of baby showers, what happens at baby showers (traditional baby showers and modern baby showers, the Biblical factor of baby showers, a detailed history of baby showers, and the importance of baby showers.

Get all the interesting facts about baby showers by reading all through!!!

What is a baby shower 

A baby shower is a party held in honor of a first time expectant mother and the arrival of the newborn by friends and close relatives that are mainly female. For the second and subsequent babies, the “baby shower” is called a baby sprinkle shower.

Typically, baby showers are held four to six weeks before the baby’s due date to ensure that the pregnancy is well along and early enough to avoid untimely arrivals.

Usually, a close friend, one of the grandmothers-to-be, a sister, or a close family member throws the baby shower.

A baby shower guest list should include close family members and close friends to the mom-to-be to ensure all those present are genuinely happy for the expectant mother.

While baby shower themes are unnecessary, it adds to the fun to have one.  Besides, they inform guests on the gifts to buy. Usually, the gender of the baby or the likes of the mother-to-be dictate the theme. Popular baby shower themes include;

  • Mustache-themed baby shower
  • Nautical-themed baby shower
  • Dinosaur-themed baby shower
  • Harry Potter-themed baby shower, and 
  • Girl Power-Themed Baby Shower.

Baby showers involves various activities, which include;

  • A baby shower guest book, where attendees write their special messages to the mother-to-be, her child, and the father.
  • Games, including the baby shower diaper raffle. A baby shower diaper raffle is a raffle ticket that a guest receives to enter a draw to win a special prize after bringing a pack of  diapers.
  • Presenting gifts, where baby shower guests give the mom-to-be gifts they believe will be helpful to her when the baby comes.

It is advisable, however, for a mom-to-be to prepare a baby shower gift registry. A baby shower gift registry is a list of items that an expectant mother wishes to receive from her baby shower guests. Also, a baby shower gift registry  is an organizing tool that helps a mom-to-be track what baby items she needs to purchase after what she receives during the baby shower.

What happens at Baby Showers (has it evolved over time?)

Traditional baby showers and modern baby showers are similar in that they celebrate a successful pregnancy and the birth of a child. Traditional and modern baby showers are also similar in that guests brought gifts to the expectant mom and involved playing games to cheer up the mom to be.

 However, baby shower activities have evolved over time.

  • Traditional baby showers were celebrated for a family’s first born only. 
  • A family member or a close friend with the mom-to-be planned the baby shower
  • Only women attended the customary baby showers.
  • Baby showers took place after the birth of a child
  • Baby showers happened during lunch time

Today, baby showers have evolved the following ways;

  •  Usually, baby baby showers happen before the birth of a child, especially four to six weeks before the baby’s due date. 
  • Men can also attend the baby showers. 
  • Also, a mom-to-be can plan her baby shower
  • Baby showers are celebrated for all births, known as a “sprinkle baby showers” for second and subsequent births.
  • Baby showers happen any time of the day, including evenings where guests can enjoy mocktails.
  • It may involve a gender-reveal session.
  • It may be a themed party.

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The most outstanding feature of modern baby showers is that men are holding baby showers. Yes they are!  It is an emerging trend where friends of the father-to-be throw him a baby shower.  A man baby shower is called the manshower, or the dadchelor, or baby stag

Similar to the baby shower, dadchelor guests bring diapers as gifts in exchange for beers. Popular games for dad-chelors include “Huggies and Chuggies”, “Poker and Pampers”, and a “beer-in-a-bay-bottle drinking race.”

Is Baby Shower Biblical?

Baby showers are biblical as they’ve been associated with the versus from the Bible:

  • Phillipians 4: 6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” 
  • Psalms 127:3 also reads. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”

Therefore, Christians can celebrate baby showers. Christians can plan baby showers that reflect their religion through;

  • Including bible verses on the invitation cards
  • Decorating the baby shower venue with candles tied with little scripture tags.
  • Guests can gift the mom-to-ve with a baby’s first bible
  • Play christian songs and include prayers
  • Burn incense, and much more fun christian stuff.

Pagan Origin of Baby Showers

Baby showers are not of Pagan origin. Baby Showers have an origin in Ancient Rome and Greece where a woman was welcomed back to society with a party and gifts after isolation during pregnancy. In ancient Egypt, a woman was purified after pregnancy and giving birth and the baby welcomed mto society.

Baby showers are important because:

  • Baby showers are essential because they provide the expectant family with a chance to ask family members and close friends to help in the upbringing of a child. For example, a baby shower gives expecting parents essential baby products such as diapers, baby bottles, clothes, toys, and blankets.
  • Also, baby showers are important because they present a forum for the expecting mother to receive all the baby advice they need. Interestingly, a pregnant mother values advice from other moms more than after she gives birth. Usually, it is annoying to keep hearing what you are doing right or wrong in the upbringing of your baby.
  • Baby showers are significant because they provide a good chance for guests to give the expectant mother different affirmations during birth. Birth affirmations are short phrases that a woman repeats during birth to ease the difficult period. For example, “my body was built for this” and “I can do this.”
  • Finally, baby showers present a chance to celebrate the expectant mother, and the expectant father. Often, a pregnancy takes an emotional and physical toll on the mother, which is a good enough reason to celebrate the triumphant ending of the pregnancy.

The Indian Baby shower, known as Godh Bharai, for example, is conducted to bring happiness to the mom-to-be by making her feel special and loved. The Indian baby shower entails giving the expectant mother a special outfit for the day, swinging her gently in a seat adorned with floral decoration, and expelling any evil spirit from the mum to be through a ceremony called the Ovalni.

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Deaf Babies Guide

Deaf Babies Guide

Baby hearing milestones

Apart from passing hearing screening, there are also signs that you can watch out for that indicate your baby’s hearing is intact. Expected milestones within the first year of life include:

Birth to 3 months

  • Is startled by loud sounds
  • Makes soft sounds (vowel sounds aah, eeh)
  • When spoken to, they calm down or smile (ssh)
  • Recognizes your voice and calms down if they were crying

4 to 6 months

  • Turns the eyes towards the sound
  • Makes bubbling sounds
  • Responds to tones of voice
  • Responds to music and pay attention
  • Seems to enjoy toys that make sounds

7 to 12 months

  • Looks and turns toward the direction of the sound
  • Responds when their name is called without the voice being loud
  • Listen when spoken to
  • Responds to simple requests or commands like no, come, go, bye.
  • Looks at things you refer to e.g., a picture, toy they are familiar with.
  • Begin to imitate sounds and say names like ma-ma

Babies at a high risk of hearing loss

A baby may be at high risk of having a hearing loss if:

  • They were born prematurely
  • They stayed in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit)
  • They were treated with medicines that could cause hearing loss
  • They had complications at birth
  • They had frequent ear infections
  • They had infections that could damage their hearing such as meningitis or cytomegalovirus

Why do newborns need hearing screening?

The sole purpose of hearing screening is to help to determine if a baby may be deaf or hard of hearing. If the hearing screening is not done, it will be difficult to tell when changes in the baby’s hearing are occurring within the first months and years of life.

Babies normally get startled by sudden noises and turn their heads towards the sound, for example, but this doesn’t mean they can hear all the sounds happening around them. Even babies that are deaf may hear some sounds, but not enough to understand what has been spoken.

Babies that are hard of hearing or deaf need early interventions, support, and care to promote healthy development. If hearing status is not identified, the necessary support will not be given, and this will lead to the baby’s communication skills being negatively affected.

In the long term, if hearing loss was missed, it would impact the child’s academic ability and social-emotional development.

How hearing screening is done

Data from CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) shows that over 98% of newborns in the United States receive newborn hearing screening.

There are two screening methods that are normally used: Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE).

  1. Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR)

This screening involves measuring how the hearing nerve and brain responds to sound. Soft tones or clicks are played through earphones into the baby’s ears. Three electrodes placed on the baby’s head then measures the hearing nerve and brain’s response

  1. Otoacoustic Emission (OAE)

The screening measures sound waves produced in the inner ear. A tiny probe is placed just inside the ear canal to measure the response (echo) when clicks or tones are played into the baby’s ears.

Both screens are painless and can be done while the baby is sleeping or lying still and usually take about 5 to 10 minutes. Either screen may be used or both.

What to do next if your baby didn’t pass the hearing screening

Step 1. Follow up with an Audiologist.

If your baby fails the initial newborn test, rescreening is done, then diagnostic testing. The diagnostic testing is most accurate. Your pediatrician will refer you to an Audiologist if a hearing impairment is detected, and more follow-up testing will be done before the baby is 5 months old. Interventions are then provided before the baby is 6 months old for treatment to be most effective.

Step 2. Early childhood hearing interventions

If the diagnostic test shows your baby has a hearing loss, you will need a team of early interventional professionals to guide and support your baby. They include:

  • Pediatric audiologist
  • Otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat/ ENT physician)
  • Service coordinator
  • Family- infant teacher
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Family practitioner

The main goal of this team is to help your baby achieve their individual fullest development potential as possible.


  • Hearing aids

Your child can be given a hearing aid if he has sensorineural hearing loss. This hearing loss is usually the most common. Hearing aids have three basic parts: the receiver, microphone, and amplifier. The settings of these components are normally customized to make certain sounds louder. Some hearing aids can be worn on the body, and others are fitted behind the ear or inside the ear. The doctors will guide you on which hearing aid suits your child’s needs.

Hearing aids make sounds louder for the deaf child.

Because of the technology used to develop them, hearing aids are expensive. You might find some health insurance companies cover part of their cost.

  • FM system (auditory trainers)

It is a unique amplification device that is designed to help school-going kids. The system has a microphone that the teacher speaks into and a receiver help for the child. They send the sound either to the ears or to a hearing aid. FM devices improve hearing in a group or noisy environment. They can also be used at home and also work well for older kids.

  • Hearing rehabilitation

Hearing rehabilitation works on developing and improving the child’s ability to communicate. They include auditory therapy, listening therapy, and speech (lip) reading. Technology is coming up with new inventions by the day; your specialist team will guide you on the best tools that will further aid in your child’s communication.

  • Surgical treatment

A cochlear implant is surgically placed into the inner ear to send sounds directly to the hearing nerve. This treatment does not cure hearing loss, but it is very effective for children with profound hearing loss who cannot be helped by hearing aids.

Is my child deaf or ignoring me?

If your child doesn’t seem to pay attention when you are talking to them and sometimes are forced to keep repeating what you are saying to them, it is possible they are ignoring you, or it is a hearing impairment.

You can tell they are ignoring you if they seem responsive to other sounds, like music or TV. However, if they don’t seem to respond to sounds or they ask you to repeat what you said to them, or you have to be loud for them to listen, it might signal hearing impairment, and you need to have a pediatrician check them. If they are school going children, their teacher will also notice and raise this concern.

Baby passed hearing test but doesn’t respond to sound/signs of baby hearing problems

Sometimes babies who pass the newborn hearing screening go on to develop hearing loss a few months or years down the lane. Progressive hearing loss or late onset can happen from a lot of factors such as infections, e.g. Measles or meningitis, head injuries, exposure to loud noises, secondhand smoke and more

So, even if your baby has passed the newborn hearing screening, you still need to watch out for possible signs of hearing loss as they grow and discuss them with your pediatrician. Some of the signs to watch out for include:

  • The baby doesn’t startle at loud noises by the time they are 1 month old or turn toward sounds by 3-4 months.
  • The baby doesn’t notice you until they see you
  • The only sound the baby concentrates on is vibrating noises
  • When you read to them, they don’t seem interested or to be enjoying
  • If the baby has delayed in beginning talking, has difficulties understanding, or hasn’t said single words like ma-ma or pa-pa by the time they are 12 to 15 months old.
  • Doesn’t respond when called out to from another room
  • The child wants the TV volume turned up than others
  • The child appears to hear some sounds but not others. (There are variations, some children only one ear affected by hearing loss other times the hearing loss affects only the high pitched sounds).
  • The child sits slowly or cannot walk unsupported properly or has trouble keeping and holding their head steady. (It happens in children with sensorineural hearing loss if the inner ear part which affects balance and movement of the head is also damaged)

Do deaf babies cry differently?

Crying is the first way babies are able to communicate, and all babies cry for the same reasons, either they need something or they are having discomforts. All babies’ cries are usually inborn or instinctive. They are therefore not affected by external factors except those that affect brain development like prematurity or injury, the larynx or if the mouth is affected like having a cleft palate.

So, deaf babies and hearing babies cry the same the only difference being the deaf babies cannot hear themselves.

How to Test Baby’s Hearing At Home

As earlier discussed, earlier detection is key in treating babies with hearing impairment so that they can develop normally. However, we know that not all mothers around the world are able to access hearing screening services for their babies. Even in America, where almost all babies receive the newborn hearing screening, 45 % of parents with babies who need repeat screening after failing the first do not return.

The good news is, every parent with an iOS smartphone or tablet can download a free app created by Eric Kraus, MD, surgeon in otology and neurology, and screen their baby’s hearing at the comfort of their own home.

The app is called the Sleeping Baby Hearing Test App and is available free from iTunes store. It features an inbuilt, self-calibrating sound level meter that measures voice volume. This allows a mom to gauge the loudness of her voice while speaking the Ling 6 Sound Test while the baby is sleeping lightly.

The 6 Ling sounds are (“ah,” “oo,” “sh,” “sss,” “mmm,” “ee”). The mom will be repeating the sounds at 60-70 decibels within the first five minutes of the baby falling asleep in a quiet room.

For this screening purpose, only the mom’s voice should be used, and not the father or any other speaker because babies are mostly in tune with their moms’ voice.

Babies aged 2 weeks to 6 months will arouse and respond when the mother speaks. This indicates the baby’s hearing is intact or is at least working properly in one ear. On the other hand, if a baby fails to rouse repeatedly, it could indicate a hearing impairment, and parents should seek additional professional hearing testing for the baby.

If a baby has been using hearing aids, the Sleeping Baby Hearing Test should be performed at home when the baby is wearing them. If the baby arouses when the mom speaks, it is a positive indication that they are providing the desired benefits.

How do deaf parents know when their baby is crying?

There has been a lot of interventions used from ages past by deaf parents to be able to tell when their baby is crying. These included sleeping in the same bed with the baby, so they can detect movement, other times using a trained hearing dog to alert them, and more. These interventions were limited compared to today, but babies still thrived.

Nowadays, the options are plenty. Deaf parents can use baby monitors, smartphones, flashing light and mirrors, and the old age, most reliable option, which is simply looking at the baby.

Baby monitors– there are various kinds of monitors in the market for deaf parents such as; audio baby monitors, vibrating baby monitors, video baby monitors, and others that can do all those functions. The most favorite among deaf parents is the vibrating monitor or a camera baby monitor or monitors that combine both functions. You will be interested to learn that there is even a baby monitor that can be connected to a vibrating alarm clock which causes the bed to vibrate, waking the deaf parents if they are sleeping.

Smartphone apps– you can use FaceTime, for example, to observe your baby when you are in different rooms by placing an iPad facing him while you use the iPhone.

Flashing light– they have always come in handy in alerting the deaf of fire alarm, a phone call, doorbell, even a crying baby.

Mirrors– these can be used perfectly while having a car ride, for example, where a deaf parent can be able to observe the baby.

Trained hearing dog– hearing dogs also assist the deaf parents by physically alerting them about alarms and sounds such as the doorbell, smoke alarm, telephone call, and the baby’s cry. Some deaf parents get hearing dogs from donating organizations such as PAWS or buying the dog, which is extremely expensive.

Baby Cry Monitors for Deaf Parents

The most common cry monitors for deaf parents use the following modes:

Vibration alerts, light alerts, extra-loud sound, and combination of vibration, light, and sound. The four modes have been proven effective in alerting deaf parents when the baby needs attention.

Baby monitors with vibrating alerts

They cause vibrations on the parent unit to notify the deaf parents and usually differ in strengths. Some of the best vibrating monitors include:

  • Summer infant babble band wearable audio monitor
  • Sonic alert sonic sitter baby cry signaler
  • VTech DM 221
  • VTech DM 223
  • Vtech BA72211GY
  • Philips Avent SCD570
  • Graco Secure Coverage
  • Audio baby monitor timeflys

Baby monitors with LED lights alert

The monitors are also ideal for parents who are totally unable to hear any sound. To use, you turn the parent unit to face upwards where you will be able to see the LED lights flash when the baby cries. Some monitors have the LED levels set in a way that also matches the sound level. For instance, from a scale of 1 to 10, a LED level of 10 would mean the baby is crying very loudly and screaming while 1 or 2 the cries are just soft or wimps. Because of these variations, deaf parents are able to respond to the baby accordingly.

One major disadvantage is that the LED lights are ineffective in situations where you are not able to see the light coming from the parent unit or asleep. To solve this problem manufacturers have developed monitors that combine light function and vibration.

Baby monitors with lights, vibration, and sound.

These are the most ideal for deaf parents because it gives them two options, so they don’t miss any cry.

The Best Pregnancy Apps 2019

When I was in my first trimester, I got introduced to pregnancy apps and since then, I’ve used the apps and developed expertise on how you can choose the best pregnancy app. Before we came up with this list of best pregnancy apps in 2019, we consulted widely and reviewed over 50,000 reviews of pregnancy apps.

We also compared and ranked all the apps to come up with the Bump pregnancy app as the overall best app you can use on your iOS or Android device to track your pregnancy.

5 Key Ranking Factors of The Best Pregnancy Apps

After over a full week or research, we settled on the following factors to rank these pregnancy apps:

  1. Accuracy of the apps
  2. Price
  3. Functionalities of the app
  4. Personalized features and baby product recommendations
  5. Baby development info

7 Best Pregnancy Apps List 2019

Below is a list of the best pregnancy apps you can download on Appstore or on Google Playstore:

  1. The Bump pregnancy app
  2. What to Expect When You’re Expecting,
  3. Babycenter Pregnancy tracker
  4. I’m Expecting Pregnancy App
  5. Pregnancy Assistant
  6. Sprout Pregnancy
  7. Baby Names

Reviews of 7 Best Pregnancy Apps

#1. The Bump Pregnancy App

The Bump Pregnancy App is our overall best pregnancy app available in Appstore and in Google Playstore. The app is a free

the bump pregnancy app, the overall best pregancy app in 2019
The Bump Pregnancy App
NameThe Bump Pregnancy App
iPhone and iPad App Rating on Appstore4.8/5 by over 15,000 users and ranked #128 on Appstore
Android App Rating on Playstore4.8/5 by over 28,900 users

#2. What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Pregnancy & Baby Tracker App is the second-best pregnancy app, coming behind the Bump pregnancy app. This app is currently the 30th most-downloaded app in the health and fitness category on Appstore and over 180,000 users have rated it 4.8/5.

What to expect pregnancy app, the second best pregancy app in 2019
  • Iphone and Android App: Link on Appstore
  • Android App: Link to Google Playstore
NameWhat to Expect Pregnancy App
iPhone and iPad App Rating on Appstore4.8/5 by over 180,000 users and ranked #30 in the health and fitness category
iOS CompatibilityRequires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
iOS Languages Supported English, Danish, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
iOS App size121.3MB
Android App Rating on Appstore 4.7/5 by over 50,000 users
Developer Address and ContactDeveloper: What to Expect
Address: 345 Hudson Street 16th Floor New York, NY 10014
Email: support@whattoexpect.com

The pictures below will give you a perspective of how the app looks like:

#3. Babycenter Pregnancy tracker

If you are looking for an app that can track your baby’s development to a specific week or day, BabyCenter’s pregnancy tracker is one of our best, coming third behind What to expect and the Bump apps above.

babycenter pregnancy app - third best pregnancy app 2019

Features you can expect on this app include:

  1. Pregnancy tips
  2. Fetal development videos
  3. Pregnancy news feed
  4. Food and nutrition ideas
  5. exercise advice
  6. Weekly checklist
  7. Reminders
  8. Photo diary
  9. Contraction timer

App Rating for iOS devices: 4.8/5

App rating for Android devices: 4.8/5

892,000 Android users have downloaded this app as of this update in October 2019

Pregnancy Tracker + Countdown to Baby Due Date
Developed byBabyCenter, customerservice@babycenter.com

We’ll continue to update this post with more reviews of the best pregnancy apps

What Will My Baby Look Like? Smart Guide 2019

If you’re reading this post, you probably ended up here as you look for ideas of how your unborn baby will look like once you deliver.

I was very anxious about this too and this article will guide you to what you can expect your baby to look like depending on a few predictable features. For example, if your baby’s father is of the white race and you, the expectant mother, is of the black race your baby will be half white and half black. This is what I mean by fair assumptions as you guess what your baby will look like.

What Will My Baby Look Like

You also need to make sure that you follow your pregnancy calendar using your due date calculator to ensure that you don’t miss any appointments to the clinic. This way your unborn gets all the attention and support it needs as it grows inside your womb.

The video below explains what your baby may look like:

What Determines How Your Baby Will Look Like:

  1. Recessive or Dominant Genes: Your genes can be considered strong if you have a dark complexion and your genes may be considered weak if you have fair skin
  2. Color of Eyes: If both of the parents have brown eyes, the baby has a 75% chance of the eyes being brown, 18.75% of being green and 6.25% of being blue. If on the other hand one parent has blue and another has green, then the baby has 50%-50% chance of having 50% brown eyes, 37.5% green and 12.5% blue eyes. If one parent has brown and another has blue eyes, then the babies eyes are likely to be 50% chances, 0% green and 50% blue. If the parents have green eyes, the baby has 1% chance of having brown eyes, 75% of having green eyes and 24% chances of being blue eyes, 1:56 of 4:15

5 Facts About Your Future Child:

Interracial Couples Discussing What Baby Will Look Like:

Seeing What Baby Will Look Like In the Future:

Matt and Rebecca discuss what the apps may assist you to guess what your baby will look like. They use apps such as Make A Baby Future Face Maker which has been downloaded by 3,100 iOS users and have given it a rating of 3.8/5

How Much Does a Baby Cost Per Month on Average

According to the US Department of Agriculture estimates, an average baby would cost up to $252,882.90 to raise until your baby reaches 18 years. That’s before the baby goes off to college. Since 1960, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided estimates of annual expenditures on children from birth through age 17.

How Much Does a Baby Cost Per Month on Average

Below is a summary of the cost of raising a child you should expect according to the US Department of Agriculture:

  • For a standard household with two kids, the cost of raising a baby annually $10,099.70 to $10,803.35 when adjusted for inflation. These base figures are from 2015 and adjusted for inflation to get the equivalent in 2019
  • This translates to about $ 841.60 to $ 900.30 per month to raise a baby.
  • By the time the baby is celebrating the 18th birthday, you’d have spent at least $252,882.92

Due Date Calculator By Conception: Free Pregnancy Tool



Enter the date of the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP):



Probable date of conception:


Foetal Age Today:


Best date range for NT scan:


(12 weeks 3 days to 13 weeks 3 days)

Morphology Scan Date:


(19 weeks)

First Fetal Heart Tones by Doppler:


(11 to 12 weeks)

Best time to evaluate cervical length in patient with risk factors:


Best time for routine anatomy ultrasound:


(18 to 20 weeks)

Estimated Due Date:



Guide To Pregnancy Due Date Calculator

If you want to estimate the due date of your conceived baby, we have worked with 3 pregnancy experts to put together a new and very accurate due date calculator. This tool is one of the many that 10BabyGear has been preparing to support pregnant mothers to estimate the likely date of birth for your baby.

There are three ways to estimate the approximate due date period and below are the options:

  1. Calculating the due date using the last period/conception date
  2. Calculating the due date using IVF method
  3. Calculating the due date using Ultrasound

Due Date Calculator on Conception

The date of conception is your day of ovulation as human eggs can only be fertilized in 12 to 24 hours after ovulation. Whether you are using in vitro fertilization or got pregnant naturally, the due date calculator on conception is purely an estimation based on when you ovulated. While the ultrasound estimation method may provide a slightly different conception date, the estimation of the due date may not vary significantly. This above calculator essentially can be called a when to conceive due date calculator

The estimated due date is the date you expect to go into labor and it is calculated using the formula below:

Due Date = (First Day of Last Menstrual Period + 287 DAYS)

The 287 days is the 9 months gestation period for humans plus 7 days. This is not a method specific or developed by the 10BabyGear team. It is a due date calculator and conception date estimator used by pregnancy wheel. You may have seen this being referred to as due date calculator wheel or due date calculator pregnancy wheel.

due date calculator pregnancy wheel
Due date calculator pregnancy wheel

Both terms mean the same thing, essentially adding 287 days to the last day of your latest menstrual period. This pregnancy wheel calculator of due and conception date has two main assumptions:

  • 1st Assumption: That the mother has 28 days menstrual cycle
  • 2nd Assumption: That ovulation takes place on the 14th day

This pregnancy wheel calculator is used solely for estimation purposes especially if you don’t remember the last day of your latest menstrual cycle or have forgotten the ovulation date.

Due Date Calculator With In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

The pregnancy wheel method works perfectly to estimate the expected delivery date when you’re not sure about the day of egg fertilization.

due date calculator twins ivf

However, if the egg was fertilized using in virto fertilization method, the due date calculator with in vitro fertilization is obtained using the formula below:

Due Date Calculator With In Vitro Fertilization = (Date of Fertilization + 266 Days)

The above formula works if you are having:

  1. IVF with your own eggs
  2. IVF with fresh donor egg cycle
  3. Fresh donor embryos cycles

To arrive at the IVF due date, an IVF due date calculator can use any of the following variables:

  • Date of your egg retrieval (Fresh IVF)
  • Date of day 3 embryo transfer (Fresh or frozen IVF) or
  • Date of day 5 blastocyst transfer (Fresh or frozen IVF)

The IVF due date calculator will give you the estimated date of confinement (EDD)

Due Date Calculator By UltraSound

Ultrasound is the only method among the four we’ve listed in this article that you actually have to visit the doctor. The doctor will use the ultrasound machine to calculate the gestation age and make an estimation of your baby’s due date. The gestation age is the number of days/weeks or months between the first day of your menstrual period and the day the ultrasound test is taken. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and its Canadian peer have cautioned parents to beware that the due date calculation using the ultrasound method can be inaccurate depending on the gestation age of your fetus. Actually, they recommend specific ultrasound days indicated below:

If you are torn between due date calculator vs ultrasound estimation method, I highly recommend going for due date calculator using conception date to avoid redating the fetus as it may have harmful effects.

The due date calculator according to ultrasound requires you to know the exact gestation age as mentioned above. You’ll then enter the exact gestation age in weeks and days such as 6 weeks and 3 days on the day the ultrasound was performed. I have personally used the due date calculator by ultrasound once during my first pregnancy and I didn’t like it. The process of visiting the doctor, measuring the size of the fetus, estimating the gestation period and comparing the due date calculator vs ultrasound was just too much of hassle to me. The same way I prefer using fetal dopplers/doptones at home to going to see the doctor every other time I want to check my baby’s heartbeat rate.

Is Due Date Calculator Accurate?

To question of whether due date calculators are accurate has been asked by many parents who have been testing the 10BabyGear Pregnancy tool before its release.

Is pregnancy due date accurate?

There are also several other online due date calculators such as those offered by BabyCenter, the Bump, WhattoExpect and many others. How accurate are all these due date calculators? To determine their accuracy, we carried out a survey with the help of the team at Pregnancy Center to determine the accuracy and below is what we found out

Due date calculators are somewhat accurate and it really depends on the variables you’ve put in. If you are confident about the variables, most due date calculators we surveyed are accurate about 20% of the times.

External studies however disagree and estimate that online calculators are only accurate 5% of the times. For example, if you are not sure about the gestation age, the ultrasound method may not be very accurate and similarly, the due date calculator may return inaccurate results if you don’t know the first day of your latest period.

We have tested and determined that 10BabyGear’s due date calculator is a very accurate calculator available online as of this publication in August 2019. You can, therefore, count on our tool as the most accurate due date calculator available.

Due Date Calculator for Twins

The due date calculator for twins has a minor adjustment compared to regular due date calculators for a single baby. The average pregnancy term for twins is around 38 weeks which is 2 weeks less than the average 40-weeks term for a singletons pregnancy.

If you have twins, you can calculate the due date of your twins using the calculator above and subtracting 14 days from the estimated delivery date.

Due Date Calculator Twins = ( First Day of Last Menstrual Period + 273 Days )

Due Date Calculator for twins IVF

The due date calculator twins for IVF baby follows the same formula indicated below:

Due Date Calculator Twins IVF = (Date of Fertilization + 252 Days)

The four methods above show you how to calculate your due date. As suggested earlier, you can use the tool we’ve prepared for you here at 10BabyGear or you can proceed to try out other tools available online. If you don’t want to use any of the tools, you can develop your own due date calculator excel spreadsheet that will essentially use the basic functions of excel to add up the days and arrive at your estimated due date.

Due Date Calculators Available Online

There are several tools available as of August 2019 and below are the main ones that we reviewed:

  1. Due date calculator the Bump
  2. Due date pregnancy calculator by BabyCenter (also has reverse due date calculator by BabyCenter)
  3. Due date calculator WhattoExpect

Any of the above due date calculators are used by doctors and gynecologists across the US, UK, Europe and beyond.

Due date calculator don’t know last period

If you don’t remember the first day of your last menstrual period(LMP), you can use any day of the week as a variable in the due date calculator above. The due date result you’ll get will have a variation of 7 days and we advise that you go for a reliable estimation by a doctor who can use the ultrasound method to determine the gestation age and the estimated due date without knowing your last period date. If there is no period or the LMP is unknown the ultrasound method is your best chance and we’ve had accurate results with ultrasound when the last period is unknown or when someone missed the period.

Due Date Calculator for Triplets

The average gestation period for triplets is 32 to 35 weeks compared to 38 for twins and 40 for singletons. You should, therefore, plan accordingly to expect your twins earlier than normal, about 5 to 8 weeks earlier.

Frequently Asked Questions on Due Date Calculators

Are due date calculators accurate

We found that online due date calculators are only accurate 20% of the time and external studies have determined that they are accurate 5% of the times. The variation in the actual delivery date may, however, vary slightly by a few days and maybe the correct term that should be used is due date estimators.

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What is IVF Due Date?

IVF due dates aren’t determined by your last period, the date of conception, or even the egg retrieval day. They are determined by embryo transfer day and the age of the embryo at the time of the transfer. With IVF, the due date is determined by the date that the embryo implants in the uterus.