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How do I go about calculating my due date?

To calculate your due date, you need to add 266 days or 38 weeks to the date when you conceived or assuming that your menstrual cycles are 28 days in length, add 280 days or 40 weeks to the first day of your last menstrual period. If your cycles are longer or shorter your doctor will decide to adjust your due date slightly. Likewise if your cycles are erratic, your due date may be adjusted as your pregnancy progresses and your doctor is better able to judge your stage of pregnancy by tracking baby's development. (Fetal development occurs in a predictable and timely fashion so an ultrasound can be very helpful in dating a pregnancy.) Bear in mind your due date is only an estimate. A healthy pregnancy can last anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks. Even though your chances of delivering on the due date are considerably slim - 5% - your chances of giving birth during the week prior to or following your due date are considerably higher: about 85%.
Can sex help to bring on labor?

There is no hard science behind this claim; while there is some prostaglandin in semen, there isn't enough to move things along in a major way. So if you know someone who went into labor after some sexual activity then it is a mere coincidence. By all means indulge but don't expect it to trigger labor; do it for time pass or fun.
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