Calculating due dates before pregnancy and other math problems
Warning: There is math in this post -- very simple math. But hang in there!
On the first day of my period, every cycle, I immediately look up the potential baby due date.
Due date calendars are my weakness. I'm not even pregnant yet but for some reason, I need to know right now when I will have this hypothetical baby. Like, I am actively having my period and I am already planning and predicting for the next round.
Due date dance
First, I go to the "first day of your last period" option, because calculating pregnancy/due dates is just pure fuzzy math. My sex education was so bad that I thought 4 weeks pregnant actually meant 4 weeks -- but technically it is much earlier.
It very much irritates me but the odds of everyone knowing when they conceived probably isn't that high. However, if you are a crazy tracker like me, you know the SECOND you conceived. You either pre-logged it (nothing is sexier than scheduling sex) or you quite literally rolled over, grabbed your phone, and logged it in.
Now, after I peek at the period-based prediction date, I go for the conception-based prediction date, especially if I don't like the first date. What signifies a bad date? No idea, but apparently I never like the first date. Or maybe I just like calendars, who knows.
The number one thing I am looking for is if I am at risk of having a holiday kid. I have a friend who was born on December 26th. Every Christmas, she feels robbed -- less gifts and no one is going to be showing up for a day-after-Christmas birthday party.
Ok, so ovulation is over and now it's time for the dreaded 2-week wait and the days past ovulation calculations begin. DPO numbers become life. Not only that but implantation becomes a main focus.
Now, before that sperm can even reach that egg, I am already in Google looking up this chain of questions that I ask EVERY MONTH. And Google doesn't even wait for me to finish my sentence. Shut up, Google -- you don't know me!
The ultimate question: When does implantation [fill in the blank].
Now, the DPO math begins.
WAIT, DON'T LEAVE YET. MATH IS AWFUL BUT I SWEAR ITS WORTH IT.
There is no clear answer, there never is. Some sites say implantation occurs 6 to 12dpo, others say 8 to 10dpo. Personally, I like to go for 9 -- seems like a good number based on very little scientific research.
Then, 7 to 12 days after implantation, a woman starts producing hCG. So, the median of those days is 9.5 -- so let's round down to 9 because it's an awesome number.
So, if implantation happens on day 9, and then we wait 9 days to finally test for HCG, that means the best day to test to see if you are pregnant is...
Fuck math and science. I'm testing at 5dpo.
*Image from: This Is Your Year...Probably calendar by Loz Ives at Idle Letters