Research shows that about 80% of all babies are most likely to be born 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after their due date. This means that you need to be prepared for delivery at least 2 weeks before the due date given to you by the doctor. The due date is mostly fixed after 40 days have passed since the last date of your period.
Your due date helps you prepare for your baby’s arrival, right from allowing you the time and luxury to select a name for your unborn baby, to the hospital in which you want your child to be born. More importantly, though, a due date helps you know approximately when you’ll be cured of your morning sickness, your mood swings and your uncontrollable midnight cravings for junk food!
As your due date approaches, you might start feeling nervous, irritable or worried. Especially if this is your first child, you might not have a very clear idea about the whole process, and the wait almost feels like an examination of sorts. Sometimes, you might even experience pain which feels like you’re about to go into labour, but you’ll eventually know that these are false and is just a preparation for your delivery. These can happen any time during the day or night.
After your doctor tells you your due date, all your family members would probably eagerly wait for your little one to come into the world, while you’re probably worried about the labour pain you’ll have to go through.
But it is true that your child might not exactly come into the world on the day they’re due. Although the due date is a fairly rough estimate, we advise you not to assume that the due date given by the doc will be your baby’s birthday, because after all, only 3-5% of the children are born exactly on their due dates.
Research shows that women who are becoming mothers for the first time go to labor on an average of 41 weeks of pregnancy, but women who have already given birth to children, go into labour at around 40 weeks and 3 days. This is due to the fact that some women’s cycles can be either longer or for a short time. Experts say that if your delivery is slightly earlier or later than your due date, it would be better to deliver naturally and not take any medicine and forcefully go into labor. A lot of women go into labor after more than 40 days, and these extra days are as important for your baby as your pregnancy was.
But some hospitals send women into labor at 41 weeks of pregnancy. Going into labor naturally can be painful for you and to your child, so please try to take care of both yourself and your baby in the days after your due date, so that there are no compilations. Unless your doctor advises you to go to labor as an emergency, wait for your baby to come out on its own, naturally.
At the end, we would like to say that it’ll be a really happy day for you and your baby, whether it is born on, before or after your due date. Share this post with other women so that they can stop worrying about their due dates too!