The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada recommends the earliest ultrasound with a crown rump length equivalent to at least 7 weeks (or 10 mm) should be used to determine the gestational age .
The due date may be estimated by adding 280 days ( 9 months and 7 days) to the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP). The accuracy of the EDD derived by this method depends on accurate recall by the mother, assumes regular 28 day cycles, and that ovulation and conception occurs on day 14 of the cycle. Use of the LMP to establish the due date may overestimate the duration of the pregnancy, and can be subject to an error of more than 2 weeks [5-7]. In addition, although a woman is most likely to become pregnant if she has sex on the day of ovulation conception may also occur from live sperm still in her reproductive tract on the day of ovulation if she had sex for up to five days before ovulation [26,27]. Determining the Estimated Due Date The estimated due date (EDD or EDC) is the date that spontaneous onset of labor is expected to occur. Conceptional age, menstrual age, and ultrasound age: a second-trimester comparison of pregnancies of known conception date with pregnancies dated from the last menstrual period.
Determining the Date of Conception Because the human egg is capable of fertilization for only 12 to 24 hours after ovulation the date of ovulation may be taken as being the date of conception. However, ultrasound determination of the date of ovulation has the same imprecision as does the ultrasound estimate of the gestational age and, therefore, a precise date of conception cannot usually be determined as with in vitro fertilization.