Calculating the expected due date for a pregnancy just requires simple math. ©iStockphoto.com Once your pregnancy has been confirmed, what you most want to know is your due date. The average length of a pregnancy is 40 weeks, or 280 days, from the first day of the last normal menstrual period. Calculating the due date, or expected date of delivery, for a pregnancy is quite simple, then, if you know that date. Simply add nine months and seven days to the date, and you've got your pregnancy due date. Here's an example of how it works: Say the first day of the last normal menstrual period was January 1st. Add seven days to that number, and you get the number 8. Add nine months, and you get October. The expected due date of that pregnancy, then, is October 8. (Some physicians use the term expected date of confinement, or EDC for short, to describe the due date.) In reality, though, few women give birth on their exact due date. About 80 percent of babies are born within ten days … [Read more...] about How To Calculate Your Pregnancy Due Date
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Fall means colder days, longer nights, and the first waves of panic about holiday shopping. We’ve already told you all about the films you might be interested in but collected here—in a list that numbers nearly 100 entries—is the season’s vast array of sci-fi and fantasy books. Plus a few collections, memoirs, and other genre-adjacent works which should help you conquer all. September In Numina by Assaph Mehr When old gods suddenly start roaming the Earth, a detective—who’s uniquely qualified, since he’s also a magician—takes the case. (Sept. 1) The Accidental War by Walter John Williams In this first book in a new trilogy—set in the universe of the author’s Dread Empire’s Fall series—it’s seven years post-war and two of the fleet’s best military minds have been exiled for their unorthodox methods. That is, until an old enemy resurfaces, and they’re suddenly at the forefront of a new conflict. … [Read more...] about All the New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Need to Put On Your Radar This Fall
Following three years of more or less accidental celibacy, I made a vow to go on two dates a week, every week. I’m not a psychologist, but at this point, I am pretty much an expert on first dates. And (not to brag) but I usually get asked out again. You can read more about my dating resolution on my blog, 2 Dates A Week. We’re all looking for different things on first dates, especially those arranged via dating apps rather than through a wise village matchmaker. Maybe you’re just trying to hook up. Maybe you want true love. Maybe you want something in between—like a sex friend, who will feed your cats while you’re on vacation. Whatever it is, I think we can agree that making a good first impression is important. After going on close to a hundred first dates, I have some perspective on what went wrong and what went right. Now, before you go wild on me in the comments, I will say some of this advice includes generalizations about gender. I’m a cis … [Read more...] about Avoid These Classic First Date Mistakes
Charmed drops us into the action of the sisters chasing after the electricity demon—who also apparently has the ability to teleport, too—after she got away with the scythe that opens up a portal to a demonic prison. It’s one of the better action scenes of Charmed so far, employing several of the active powers at play. The effects here are campy but in a fun way. Sometimes, Charmed bungles the action with effects that try too hard and yet look bad, as with the cicada demon later in the episode. Charmed still seems to be figuring out its visual style, one of the more inconsistent and lacking parts of the series. Parker is shaping up to be a more interesting character the more we learn about his “home life,” by which I mean his abusive demon dad who is pressuring him to steal his human girlfriend’s plasma. We learn that the demonic half of Parker is trying to kill the human half, so the degenerative disease Parker told Maggie about last week is … [Read more...] about expands its universe to tell a more complex story about good and evil
If you're low on cash, how can you still have fun on a date? Getty Images/Brand X Pictures/Jupiterimages Dating is stressful enough without having to worry about money. You'll be dealing with a mix of nerves, uncertainty, pressure and hopefully some excitement. You'll worry about many things: Where should we go? What should we talk about? Should I tell any jokes? How should I act? But the toughest question for those on a budget is: How much should I spend? Men are traditionally responsible for paying for dates. However, now that women make their own money, some believe this will change the dating convention. And this convention actually hasn't been around all too long. Author Beth Bailey writes in her book, "From Front Porch to Back Seat," about the transition of courtship in the early 20th century. Before it was common for suitors to "ask a girl out," men actually expressed their interest by calling on the girl at her family's home. Talk about a cheap date -- though it did, of … [Read more...] about How can you date on a budget?