Pregnancy Due Date Ranges

This table attempts to estimate your probability of going into labor on different individual days based on your estimated due date. If you don't know your due date, or just want a handy daily page to tell you where you're at, use the pregnancy calendar.

It's based on the idea that the average pregnancy lasts 40 weeks with a standard deviation of about 10 days. This means you're more likely to go into labor on one of the days close to your due date. For instance, about half of all babies are born within a week of their date. Scroll to the bottom of this page if you want to know more about where I got these numbers.

The following dates are based on an estimated due date of September 24th, 2016.

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Month Day Year
Date Progress Overall probability of
spontaneous labor
Current probability of
spontaneous labor
probability of a pregnant woman at this stage going into labor
On this date By this date On this date By this date On this date Within 3 days Within 5 days Within 7 days
Saturday August 20th, 2016 35W, 0D 0.01% 0.02% 0.01% 0.02% -% 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Sunday August 21st, 2016 35W, 1D 0.01% 0.03% 0.01% 0.03% -% 0.1% 0.2% 0.3%
Monday August 22nd, 2016 35W, 2D 0.02% 0.05% 0.02% 0.05% -% 0.1% 0.2% 0.4%
Tuesday August 23rd, 2016 35W, 3D 0.02% 0.07% 0.02% 0.07% -% 0.1% 0.3% 0.6%
Wednesday August 24th, 2016 35W, 4D 0.03% 0.1% 0.03% 0.1% -% 0.2% 0.4% 0.7%
Thursday August 25th, 2016 35W, 5D 0.04% 0.13% 0.04% 0.13% -% 0.2% 0.5% 0.9%
Friday August 26th, 2016 35W, 6D 0.06% 0.19% 0.06% 0.19% 0.1% 0.3% 0.6% 1.2%
Saturday August 27th, 2016 36W, 0D 0.08% 0.26% 0.08% 0.26% 0.1% 0.4% 0.8% 1.5%
Sunday August 28th, 2016 36W, 1D 0.1% 0.35% 0.1% 0.35% 0.1% 0.5% 1% 1.9%
Monday August 29th, 2016 36W, 2D 0.14% 0.47% 0.14% 0.47% 0.1% 0.6% 1.3% 2.4%
Tuesday August 30th, 2016 36W, 3D 0.18% 0.62% 0.18% 0.62% 0.2% 0.8% 1.7% 3%
Wednesday August 31st, 2016 36W, 4D 0.22% 0.82% 0.22% 0.82% 0.2% 1% 2.1% 3.7%
Thursday September 1st, 2016 36W, 5D 0.28% 1.07% 0.28% 1.07% 0.3% 1.2% 2.5% 4.5%
Friday September 2nd, 2016 36W, 6D 0.35% 1.39% 0.35% 1.39% 0.4% 1.5% 3.1% 5.4%
Saturday September 3rd, 2016 37W, 0D 0.44% 1.79% 0.44% 1.79% 0.4% 1.8% 3.8% 6.4%
Sunday September 4th, 2016 37W, 1D 0.54% 2.28% 0.54% 2.28% 0.6% 2.2% 4.5% 7.6%
Monday September 5th, 2016 37W, 2D 0.66% 2.87% 0.66% 2.87% 0.7% 2.7% 5.4% 8.9%
Tuesday September 6th, 2016 37W, 3D 0.79% 3.59% 0.79% 3.59% 0.8% 3.2% 6.3% 10.4%
Wednesday September 7th, 2016 37W, 4D 0.94% 4.46% 0.94% 4.46% 1% 3.8% 7.4% 11.9%
Thursday September 8th, 2016 37W, 5D 1.11% 5.48% 1.11% 5.48% 1.2% 4.4% 8.6% 13.7%
Friday September 9th, 2016 37W, 6D 1.3% 6.68% 1.3% 6.68% 1.4% 5.2% 9.8% 15.5%
Saturday September 10th, 2016 38W, 0D 1.5% 8.08% 1.5% 8.08% 1.6% 6% 11.2% 17.5%
Sunday September 11th, 2016 38W, 1D 1.71% 9.68% 1.71% 9.68% 1.9% 6.9% 12.7% 19.7%
Monday September 12th, 2016 38W, 2D 1.94% 11.51% 1.94% 11.51% 2.2% 7.8% 14.3% 21.9%
Tuesday September 13th, 2016 38W, 3D 2.18% 13.57% 2.18% 13.57% 2.5% 8.8% 16% 24.2%
Wednesday September 14th, 2016 38W, 4D 2.42% 15.87% 2.42% 15.87% 2.9% 9.9% 17.8% 26.6%
Thursday September 15th, 2016 38W, 5D 2.66% 18.41% 2.66% 18.41% 3.3% 11.1% 19.7% 29%
Friday September 16th, 2016 38W, 6D 2.9% 21.19% 2.9% 21.19% 3.7% 12.3% 21.6% 31.5%
Saturday September 17th, 2016 39W, 0D 3.12% 24.2% 3.12% 24.2% 4.1% 13.5% 23.6% 34%
Sunday September 18th, 2016 39W, 1D 3.33% 27.43% 3.33% 27.43% 4.6% 14.9% 25.6% 36.6%
Monday September 19th, 2016 39W, 2D 3.52% 30.85% 3.52% 30.85% 5.1% 16.2% 27.7% 39.2%
Tuesday September 20th, 2016 39W, 3D 3.68% 34.46% 3.68% 34.46% 5.6% 17.6% 29.8% 41.7%
Wednesday September 21st, 2016 39W, 4D 3.81% 38.21% 3.81% 38.21% 6.2% 19.1% 31.9% 44.2%
Thursday September 22nd, 2016 39W, 5D 3.91% 42.07% 3.91% 42.07% 6.7% 20.6% 34% 46.7%
Friday September 23rd, 2016 39W, 6D 3.97% 46.02% 3.97% 46.02% 7.4% 22.1% 36.2% 49.2%
Saturday September 24th, 2016 40W, 0D 3.99% 50% 3.99% 50% 8% 23.6% 38.3% 51.6%
Sunday September 25th, 2016 40W, 1D 3.97% 53.98% 3.97% 53.98% 8.6% 25.1% 40.4% 54%
Monday September 26th, 2016 40W, 2D 3.91% 57.93% 3.91% 57.93% 9.3% 26.7% 42.5% 56.2%
Tuesday September 27th, 2016 40W, 3D 3.81% 61.79% 3.81% 61.79% 10% 28.2% 44.5% 58.5%
Wednesday September 28th, 2016 40W, 4D 3.68% 65.54% 3.68% 65.54% 10.7% 29.8% 46.6% 60.6%
Thursday September 29th, 2016 40W, 5D 3.52% 69.15% 3.52% 69.15% 11.4% 31.3% 48.6% 62.7%
Friday September 30th, 2016 40W, 6D 3.33% 72.57% 3.33% 72.57% 12.1% 32.9% 50.5% 64.7%
Saturday October 1st, 2016 41W, 0D 3.12% 75.8% 3.12% 75.8% 12.9% 34.4% 52.4% 66.6%
Sunday October 2nd, 2016 41W, 1D 2.9% 78.81% 2.9% 78.81% 13.7% 36% 54.3% 68.5%
Monday October 3rd, 2016 41W, 2D 2.66% 81.59% 2.66% 81.59% 14.4% 37.5% 56.1% 70.2%
Tuesday October 4th, 2016 41W, 3D 2.42% 84.13% 2.42% 84.13% 15.2% 39% 57.9% 71.9%
Wednesday October 5th, 2016 41W, 4D 2.18% 86.43% 2.18% 86.43% 16.1% 40.5% 59.6% 73.5%
Thursday October 6th, 2016 41W, 5D 1.94% 88.49% 1.94% 88.49% 16.9% 42% 61.3% 75.1%
Friday October 7th, 2016 41W, 6D 1.71% 90.32% 1.71% 90.32% 17.7% 43.4% 62.9% 76.4%
Saturday October 8th, 2016 42W, 0D 1.5% 91.92% 1.5% 91.92% 18.6% 44.8% 64.5% 77.8%
Sunday October 9th, 2016 42W, 1D 1.3% 93.32% 1.3% 93.32% 19.5% 46.3% 65.9% 79.2%
Monday October 10th, 2016 42W, 2D 1.11% 94.52% 1.11% 94.52% 20.3% 47.6% 67.3% 80.5%
Tuesday October 11th, 2016 42W, 3D 0.94% 95.54% 0.94% 95.54% 21.1% 48.9% 68.8% 81.6%
Wednesday October 12th, 2016 42W, 4D 0.79% 96.41% 0.79% 96.41% 22% 50.1% 70.2% 82.7%
Thursday October 13th, 2016 42W, 5D 0.66% 97.13% 0.66% 97.13% 23% 51.6% 71.4% 83.6%
Friday October 14th, 2016 42W, 6D 0.54% 97.72% 0.54% 97.72% 23.7% 53.1% 72.8% 84.6%
Saturday October 15th, 2016 43W, 0D 0.44% 98.21% 0.44% 98.21% 24.6% 54.2% 73.7% 85.5%
Sunday October 16th, 2016 43W, 1D 0.35% 98.61% 0.35% 98.61% 25.2% 55.4% 74.8% 86.3%
Monday October 17th, 2016 43W, 2D 0.28% 98.93% 0.28% 98.93% 26.2% 56.1% 75.7% 87.9%
Tuesday October 18th, 2016 43W, 3D 0.22% 99.18% 0.22% 99.18% 26.8% 57.3% 76.8% -%
Wednesday October 19th, 2016 43W, 4D 0.18% 99.38% 0.18% 99.38% 29% 58.1% 79% -%
Thursday October 20th, 2016 43W, 5D 0.14% 99.53% 0.14% 99.53% 29.8% 59.6% -% -%
Friday October 21st, 2016 43W, 6D 0.1% 99.65% 0.1% 99.65% 28.6% 62.9% -% -%
Saturday October 22nd, 2016 44W, 0D 0.08% 99.74% 0.08% 99.74% 30.8% -% -% -%
Sunday October 23rd, 2016 44W, 1D 0.06% 99.81% 0.06% 99.81% 31.6% -% -% -%
Monday October 24th, 2016 44W, 2D 0.04% 99.87% 0.04% 99.87% 30.8% -% -% -%

Probability of labor on a given day

Probability of labor by a given day

Notes and disclaimers

All percentages are estimates based on mathematical averages and should not be taken terribly seriously... just because you only have 5% chance of going into labor two weeks early, that doesn't mean you should schedule a trip to the bahamas that weekend (see xkcd to get what I mean here).

You should (obviously) listen to your doctor or midwife on all matters related to pregnancy and childbirth. Just because this chart tells you that a 42W pregnant woman has a high chance of delivering in the next seven days, it doesn't mean it's healthy for her to be pregnant for seven more days. If your doctor wants to increase probability of delivery by inducing labor, there's probably a good reason.

Finding good distribution statistics on spontaneous labor is interesting. I have not found a study with an exact daily breakdown of when babies are born. However I have read way too much on this topic, so I can tell you that my favorite published research is The length of human pregnancy as calculated by ultrasonographic measurement of the fetal biparietal diameter (H. Kieler, O. Axelsson, S. Nilsson, U. Waldenströ) which a very nice table of 10 published studies, which found various means between 272-283 days. The study contributes their own results as well, analyzing nearly 2000 mothers who went into labor spontaneously, and there's graphs of what they found. They found a mean around 280 days, and standard deviations between 8-11 days. There's a big list of other studies and answers in the Introduction to my due date survey results.

Which leads to this topic... I am also in the process of collecting my own statistics. If you have had a baby, please take my due date survey. Oddly enough, the numbers I've collected so far support my messy hunch that pregnancy length has a 40-week mean and 9-10 day standard deviation. So go me.

Anyway if you have better research, drop me an e-mail (spacefem@spacefem.com).

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Public Service Announcement: Furniture Anchors!

Thu Jun 30 1:38 AM by Sonic# in Pregnancy & Parenting

Good idea!

Let's say I don't have kids, but it's possible I'll have friends over with young kids. I want the place to be welcoming and friendly to them, and it's probably a good idea that my bookshelves won't collapse in an earthquake.

I don't have any IKEA kits for anchoring my many bookshelves to walls. It's all second-hand or older furniture. What do I do?

Well, I answered my own question in one way: I found this site. http://www.anchorit.gov/how-to-anchor-it/ I'm fairly impressed there's a government site devoted to it. Good going, CPSC.


Kids are full of LIES

Sun May 22 2:29 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

Don't be silly monk, everyone knows a good conglomerate goes better with milk


young kids, consent and bodily autonomy

Mon May 2 8:46 PM by monk in Pregnancy & Parenting

I think it depends on the child. Do you ask a newborn if it needs it's diaper changed? Obviously no. Do you help a 13 year old get dressed? Obviously no. Somewhere in there the child matures to the point where they should learn that they own their bodies even if they don't have all the privileges an adult does. This age is going to vary wildly between different children (by widly, I would say 3 year range). I would guess that some kids might be ready for this lesson as early as 3 while others not until they're about to go school. Actually that's a pretty good benchmark, because if you're going to put them in a group with other kids they don't know they should know the rules about touching or being touched.

As far as kissing Grandma, maybe they shouldn't have to do it, but making them do this social communcation helps get them ready for all the other social communication that will be forced on them later. Plus, grandma needs that love to help HER be healthy.


Umbilical cord

Wed Apr 27 1:26 AM by antfancier in Pregnancy & Parenting

There's a Bulgarian tradition about the umbilical cord my friend told me about. When the dried little stump falls off your baby, you're supposed to throw it in a place that reflects your child's future, or at least the future you want for them. My friend threw his first son's on to the pitch at a Yankees' game and for his second son he threw it at the stage during a concert!

When my son's cord fell off a few weeks ago, I put it on the counter next to his changing pad then promptly forgot about it. I've no idea where it is now.


Pets and newborns

Tue Mar 22 2:34 AM by codingchemist in Pregnancy & Parenting

It's really obvious that the dog is stressed out by the toddler and I'm worried about the times when the kid is showing too much interest in the dog and we're not paying enough attention.

Yeah-stressed out dogs can make for stressful times with toddlers. Toddlers just want to pet and hug, and don't want to listen to pleas to leave the dog alone. We wound up getting an automatic treat dispenser and giving the dog relaxation exercises behind a barrier. So now when the toddler is running the length of the house screaming, the dog can be behind the barrier staring lovingly at her treat dispenser, instead of trying to herd the kid. Of course, it isn't really feasible to keep the dog behind the barriers at all times, but at least it gives us some breaks.

Our behavioralist also recommended Prozac, which took a long time to get the dose right, but has helped the dog be less reactionary and neurotic.


How NOT to help parents with a newborn

Wed Jun 29 8:26 AM by codingchemist in Pregnancy & Parenting

Don't overstay your welcome! Bring food (preferably something that is easily frozen and can be taken out in single servings), comment on how absolutely adorable the baby is, and when the baby starts screaming, be prepared to make your exit.

And ditto on bringing your unruly kids over-I don't want your crazy 5 year old holding my newborn baby.

I'm expecting my 2nd baby very soon-I'm sure I'll have a lot more to add to this list in a few weeks :rainbowsmile:


minimalist kids birthday parties

Sun May 15 9:19 PM by melsbells in Pregnancy & Parenting

For the first two birthdays, we tried to make some special food and splurge on interesting fruit. If I lived closer to friends, I would want to throw a get-together as an excuse to see my friends, celebrate our survival of another year. I don't think my kid would actually be into that though. They are turning out to be quite introverted and shy.


7th Birthday - Theme Suggestion

Mon May 2 8:18 PM by melsbells in Pregnancy & Parenting

I met a kid about that age who had a geo-caching birthday party and another one who had a roller-skating party. Both sounded awesome. The first one sounded like a whole lot of work to put together.


test out my new name picker

Fri Apr 15 11:41 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

my neighbor's dog is named Gunner? Makes more sense for a bird dog....


Sperm Can be Cultivated from Skin Cells

Thu Mar 10 6:56 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

Pretty sure this was a spam post but the post itself is kind of interesting. Maybe it could go to Sci & Tech, though it has relevance here as well. I added a link to the Science article, in case anyone wants to read it.


it gets better thread for parents

Mon Jun 13 11:16 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

Sometimes I think they go through a growth spurt or something weird-ass like that and then when it's done it gets better again. But who knows, kids are weird. It will get better again. We seem to be having night terrors again though not as badly as before. Those seem to correlate with growth spurts (for us). They are tailing off again so hopefully...?


Pregnancy Guidebooks for Cool Moms (humor)

Wed May 11 3:39 PM by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting

One of my friends is part of this magazine. She didn't write this one but it's pretty hilarious.

http://theoffingmag.com/wits-end/pregna ... cool-moms/

Anyone want to come up with our own "Guidebook" titles?

spoiler:
the one about inducing labor by setting your hair on fire is my favorite


stuttering at the end of words

Thu Apr 28 9:21 PM by Sonic# in Pregnancy & Parenting

I don't think it's a cause for immediate concern, but my experience would lead me to talk to a doctor about it. I didn't have a stutter when I was 2. I had language delay. I didn't learn language when kids typically do. Needless to say, I was a very frustrated little kid. When my parents and my pediatrician caught on to it, I had to spend a few years seeing a speech pathologist.

I've read that stuttering is at least partly psychological, but I really can't say more than that. If nothing else, I'd just want to know that his frustration is a necessary part of development like teething and not something that can be avoided.


Criminalization of drug use during pregnancy to end in Tennessee

Tue Mar 29 2:48 AM by Amuro in Pregnancy & Parenting

Actually I think it would be better if the penalty was rehab and being sent to a therapist. It's pretty dumb to criminalize it especially because there is an almost certainty custody will be taken away. Why not try and fix the problem with addiction so there is less of a strain on social services. There should be increased awareness but what idiot doesn't know drugs are bad for you and worse if your pregnant. If you are addicted to drugs you obviously are thinking about getting high and that's about it.


Why have children if you want to work (aka it's 1950!)

Tue Mar 8 9:16 PM by antfancier in Pregnancy & Parenting

I just had a look at your article. :thumbup:
As you say, many comments have been deleted, but that's probably for the best otherwise I'd get mad.

I'm about to have my first child and have had some similarly surprising responses from people when I explain I'm going to be a SAHM; everything from admiration to unsolicited suggestions that a nanny is better than daycare. When I explain that the reason is that I acut ally want to work but my earnings from my two part time jobs would barely cover childcare, it always gets awkward. And then they suggest the whole home daycare/nanny thing again. Even if I could afford it, I'd rather choose the daycare because they have facilities and resources that I don't (I live in a basement apartment, with pretty minimalist furnishings).

I get it. People have strong beliefs about what is 'best', but it's not a one-size-fits-all scenario. And holy crap! If a woman wants and is able to work after having kids, why on earth shouldn't she?