A Gestograma is a gestational disc or gestational calendar that doctors and nurses use to determine the DPP (expected date of delivery).
Gestograms are a very useful tool for health professionals.
In addition to the most basic information, the gestogram also indicates gestational weeks, weight, height and uterine contractions indicated for each stage of gestation.
What is a gestogram?
Although it is a tool available to health professionals, such as doctors and nurses, with the computer age is already available on the internet a series of gestograms that can be easily consulted.
Although you can consult various information, you should always follow the advice and recommendations of the doctor accompanying your pregnancy, not always an altered or different value is sign that something is wrong. In case of doubt always consult your doctor.
How Gestograma works
If you use an online version you only need to enter the data that the tool calculates automatically.
In case of using a device the system is very simple, you can use it in two ways depending on whether you know for sure how many weeks your gestation has or if you do not know.
In case you do not know you should put the small arrow that indicates the beginning of pregnancy on the day you had your last period. Then roll the larger wheel up to 40 weeks, in which case the gestogram will indicate the probable date of delivery.
If you already know how many weeks your gestation has, just turn the wheel to put it in the week you are in and see the information for that week.
The gestogram is a fairly complete device it indicates various information such as:
- Expected delivery time (in a normal pregnancy of 40 weeks)
- The week in which the pregnancy is found (from the last day of the last menstruation or from the date indicated by examination of blood or echo)
- What is the average baby weight in the week you are
- The measure of the baby
- The measurement of the femur
The measures indicated in a gestogram are reference measures, are reliable and proven. They indicate the average values and the results may be lower or higher even without any complications during pregnancy.
They are just a starting point to check if the pregnancy runs within normal, only the doctor can assess if the values are out of the considered normal and if tests are needed to assess the existence of any problem.