Finding your pregnancy due date is really simple. Gynecologist grab a calendar and count exactly 40 weeks from your last menstruation. So, if your last period was for example the 1st of January 2004, the pregnancy due date will be the 7th of October, exactly 40 weeks after.
Some questions you might have if your due date is near include.
- Are these birth contractions?
- Am I dilating?
- Shall I go to the hospital?
These questions pop into your head about 15 days before your pregnancy due date.
The pregnancy lasts between 38 to 42 weeks. Some pregnancies end early (premature babies) and other ones come late.
About two weeks before the pregnancy due date, some signs appear that announce the end of the pregnancy. This pregnancy due date signs are different in each pregnancy, even in the same woman; so just see the most popular signs as a reference.
1.- The first pregnancy due date sign is that the baby goes down to the pelvis area (specially in first time mothers) about 10 to 14 days before giving birth. Then the pressure in the stomach is less and the digestion gets easier, but now the pressure goes into the bladder, needing to urinate more often. The increase of pressure in the pelvis area increases the cramps in the legs and back pains.
In women who already have kids this doesn’t happen because the uterus muscles have stretch and the baby adopts the position usually moments before is born.
2.- The Contractions:
The Braxton Hicks contractions are usual in the last two weeks before the pregnancy due date comes. They get more frequent, stronger and painful with time. At night they appear as muscle contractions in the lower part of the abdomen. They are not rhythmic and disappear with rest and relaxation. These contractions help the uterus to mature and prepare it to dilate at the moment of giving birth.
3.- Changes in the uterus neck:
The uterus neck prepares itself for the pregnancy due date, changes its texture and gets softer and softer until it will disappear at the moment of giving birth..
4.- Another sign of pregnancy due date is that just before going into labor the woman might have a pink color vaginal fluid. This could be the plug in the cervical channel accompanied by a bit of blood. The job of giving birth is about to start. This happens normally about 24-72 hours before labor starts.
5.- Expulsion of the mucous plug:
When the uterus neck gets soft, the mucous plus comes out. This is a sign that in the next 24-36 hours the baby will be born. But often it takes longer than that.
6.- Water breaks:
It is not very common that women experience water breaking spontaneously. But when it happens it’s necessary to go to the hospital immediately. The baby shall be born in the following 24 hours naturally or will be forced to.
7.- Back pains:
When the baby goes down to the pelvis area, two weeks before it is born, the back pains get stronger. The balace of the woman’s body changes, and she is forced to walk leaning to the front, “like a duck”, suffering lumbago pains.
8.- Preparing the nest:
Even when women experience tiredness during the last stage of pregnancy, 24 to 48 hours before the pregnancy due date moment , they might get an unusual rise in energy, wanting to do many jobs around the house; preparing the nest for when the baby comes.
Before giving birth another symptom might appear like flatulence, hyperactivity, nervousness, headaches, vomit, diarrhoea….
What is the Pregnancy Due Date website about?
This site is all about pregnancy. Mothers and babies. Everything you need to know and ideas to make this special time easier for the mothers and more special for everyone.
Starting from the first pregnancy symptoms to all the phases of labor, we have tried to keep mothers informed about all the changes going on in their bodies during this most special and stressful period of their lives.
Knowing what’s going on is always helpful. Having all the information about the moment of giving birth can actually help the woman reduce the pain. Read more about reducing and controlling the pain while giving birth here…
Top tips to look after your health while you are pregnant:
1. Ginger against nausea:
Don’t use it if you have high blood pressure. But ginger is a great remedy against nausea in pregnancy. Eat little and often to keep a good level of sugar in blood.
2. Heartburn? Take dill and milk.
Using dill in your meals with help you control the heartburn through pregnancy. Milk is also very good to help you neutralize the excess of stomach acid. Drink a glass of milk every night before going to bed.
3. Acupuncture during pregnancy to increase energy:
Your body works a lot when you are pregnant so you feel tired. Acupuncture can help with the tiredness and also with nausea.
4. Oils to help the blood circulation:
Give yourself leg massages with geranio oils, or any other specific oils for the legs to help the circulation. (Don’t use geranio oil the last two weeks of pregnancy if you are taking anticoagulants)
5. Hemorrhoids relief in pregnancy:
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal area. Avoid constipation, it doesn’t help. A natural relief is to take a clean cloth and dampen it in an hazelnut herbal infusion and apply to the affected area.
6. Urine infections: Drink tea.
Does it hurt when you pee? Add a special essence oil anti-infections to the water to wash yourself. You are pregnant so visit your doctor and check.
7. yogurt for the fungus:
It’s normal to have an increase of vaginal secretions during pregnancy. But if the vaginal fluids are thick, smell bad and cause itchiness you might have fungus. Take a lot of natural yogurt that helps to reduce the acid in the vagina.
8. Salt and pregnancy:
Are you retaining liquids?
Stop eating salt and eat more onions, garlic and parsley to help eliminate the excess liquids. Swollen feet and hands could be an indication of pre-eclampsia. Check with the doctor.
9. Help to sleep better:
A camomile infusion or a glass of warm milk and honey after a hot bath with 4 or 5 drops of lavender oil (Not during the first trimester) will help you sleep during pregnancy. Avoid natural remedies with “pasiflora”, not recommended during pregnancy.
10. Vitamins to avoid colds:
Prevention is the best way to cure colds and catarrh, so try to take enough Vitamin C. You can easy find it in kiwis, strawberries, peppers, potatoes, oranges…
The hormonal and blood volume changes might make you congested. Give yourself a massage in the head and in the hair.