Pregnancy is very exciting for a woman because she’s literally creating a new human inside her with her own flesh and blood. The moment the good news is confirmed, mommies can’t wait to know the exact date of the baby’s delivery. She is going to prep herself up for the biggest day of her life and she’s quite thrilled to hold her own youngling in her loving arms.
Ideally, your due date is calculated by adding 280 days (40 weeks approx) to the first day of your last menstrual cycle (usually 28-day cycle). Your menstrual period and ovulation are counted as the first two weeks of pregnancy. If you happen to deliver your baby on the exact due date, your baby will be only 38 weeks old exact and not the ideal 40 weeks.
Considering the calendar that we follow (English calendar), you must count 9 months and 7 days to get an expected date. Say, for example, the first date of your last menstrual cycle was 1 January, then your baby’s arrival date is around 8-10th of October.
Sometimes with all the excitement, mommies don’t remember their exact dates and hence it gets a little confusing. But if you remember the month correctly, you can make simple estimations of your due date with the help of a calendar too!
The art of childbearing begins for 10 to 12 hours prior to delivery. They start at an interval between 10 and 15 minutes and begin to move forward soon. The baby reaches the vaginal opening through the birth canal all the way up from the lower back or the abdomen.
The kind of stomach ache and cramps you experience during childbirth is totally different from the ones you have during your periods. You will have series of cramps at irregular intervals and they get intense as the cervix needs to be dilated.
Many women experience a phenomenon called ‘water break’ which means that the amniotic sac gets ruptured and it is about time the baby arrived. The experience of a water break is different for every woman.
Some feel a pop while some just experience a gush of fluids pouring down their vagina or just a trickle that won’t stop flowing.
You might get confused and think of it as just pee. The fluid you see might have some blood streaks and it is transparent and clear by nature.
Once you experience the flush, call your OB-Gyn as soon as possible and she will guide you what to do next!