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The use of a pregnancy calendar allows you to keep track of this period. It is a specific tool that serves as an answer to all the questions that mothers ask themselves.
Using a pregnancy calendar allows you to monitor this period. It is a specific tool that answers all the questions mothers ask themselves. It provides all the required advice, information and reminders. It is a pregnancy follow-up that guides and reassures the mother from the 1st to the 39th week of pregnancy, reminds her of important appointments and even allows her to calculate the due date.
Benefits of the pregnancy calendar
The pregnancy calendar allows you to follow the weeks of pregnancy progressively to better interpret the changes in the body and understand the baby's development process. It is a practical, interactive tool. It allows you to experience wonderful discoveries every week. You only need to enter the date of the 1st day of your last period or the beginning of your pregnancy. This calendar is a type of calculator, which also allows you to determine your due date.
Additionally, the pregnancy calendar contains the recommended examinations for each month. You can also note the medical appointments to be made. This calendar helps you to be well-organised.
Prenatal consultations on the pregnancy calendar
Although it is not an illness, pregnancy remains a highly medicalised period. Due to the numerous ultrasounds, blood tests, consultations, analyses and administrative procedures, using a pregnancy calendar is advantageous.
First, the dates of the prenatal visits are inserted, knowing that the pregnancy can involve up to seven obligatory medical visits depending on the country. The first prenatal visit occurs even before the end of the 3rd month of pregnancy. It serves to confirm the pregnancy, make the declaration to social security and calculate the dates of conception and delivery. When you enter the 4th month of pregnancy, you must make a monthly prenatal visit. The 2nd consultation is therefore conducted in the 4th month. The third visit is scheduled for the 5th month, the fourth for the 6th month and so on.
Several measurements are taken during each prenatal visit: blood pressure, weight, uterine height and strip urine analysis.
Ultrasound dates on the pregnancy calendar
Three ultrasounds are also mentioned on the pregnancy calendar. The first is performed around the 12th week of amenorrhoea. This shows whether a foetus is present and whether it is a twin pregnancy, shows the vitality of the foetus(es), provides information on the insertion of the placenta, allows measurement of the craniocaudal length, reflects the exact age of the baby and finally includes precise measurement of the nuchal translucency. This, together with blood samples (Ht 21, PAPP-A), allows the laboratory to propose a risk for trisomies 21, 13 and 18, considering your age.
The second ultrasound allows the morphology of the foetus to be studied and each of its vital organs to be visualised simultaneously. It is performed around the 22nd week of amenorrhea and simultaneously allows the baby's gender to be determined.
The third ultrasound occurs around the 32nd week of amenorrhoea and allows the morphology of the foetus to be further examined. This ultrasound is not always the last one. Following this examination, the specialist may decide to give the woman further ultrasound appointments. This is mainly to determine the position of the unborn baby or even the placenta. These examinations must be mentioned in the pregnancy calendar.
Administrative procedures on the pregnancy calendar
One objective of the first prenatal consultation is to declare the pregnancy to the health insurance. This must be performed before the end of the 3rd month of pregnancy in France. Subsequently, registration in a maternity hospital is recommended during the first trimester.
Childbirth preparation sessions are also recommended. These are usually performed from the 6th or 7th month of pregnancy. Different practices are offered to the mother, such as yoga, the classical method, haptonomy, prenatal singing and sophrology. It is important to consider registering as soon as possible.
Calculating your due date with the pregnancy calendar
The calculation of the due date (DPA) is performed accurately with the pregnancy calendar. This calculator uses the date of the start of the last menstrual period and calculates the weeks of amenorrhoea. The calculation can also be made according to the assumed ovulation date, corresponding to the conception date.
The start and end of maternity leave with the pregnancy calendar
Just before the birth, the woman can take her maternity leave. The number of weeks of maternity leave (postnatal and prenatal leave) may vary depending on the type of pregnancy, whether it is a single or multiple, first or third pregnancy and so on.
Here is the information you need about the length of leave in France:
- With a first or second pregnancy, the woman is entitled to 16 weeks' rest (6 weeks before the birth, 10 weeks after).
- For a third pregnancy, she can have 26 weeks (8 weeks before the birth, 18 weeks after). However, these periods are flexible.
- A woman who has twins can take 34 weeks (12 weeks before the birth and 22 weeks after).
- If a woman has triplets, she can take 24 weeks prenatal and 22 weeks postnatal, totalling 46 weeks.