Due Date Calculator
The due date calculator can assist you in determining an estimated due date for your pregnancy.
Your first week of pregnancy is counted from your last menstrual period and not the date of conception.
Signs of Labor
If you think you are in labor, please call your doctor or go to the hospital. also want to call us when you are on the way to the hospital or once you have arrived.
Every woman’s body is different but there are some general signs of labor. These include:
- The loss of your mucus plug, also called the “bloody show”. Throughout your pregnancy, a layer of mucus is created within your cervical opening to stop bacteria from entering your uterus. When dilation begins, the plug may be discharged. This is a good sign that you are in labor and you should contact your doctor to let him or her know. However, you may not actually go into active labor for a few days following the loss of your mucus plug.
- Dilation or opening of the cervix. This is measured in centimeters. Your doctor will check for this in your exams leading up to delivery. You may begin dilation a few weeks prior to delivery and remain dilated. This is completely normal.
- Your cervix will soften and thin, which is called “effacing”. You will not really feel this happen or know it’s going on, but your doctor will be checking for signs of changes in your cervix leading up to the delivery.
- You may have heard about a pregnant woman’s “water breaking”. This is when the amniotic sac, a fluid-filled membrane that protects the baby in your uterus, leaks or ruptures prior to labor. You might notice a slight amount of fluid – or even a gush – coming out of you. If you think this has happened, contact your doctor as soon as possible. There is no need to panic but when the amniotic sac is no longer intact, the risk for infection is high so it is very important that your doctor be contacted.
- Contractions that have a regular pattern that get stronger and closer together are signs that you may be in labor. Actual contractions will typically last more than 30 seconds and then will get longer as they get stronger and closer together. If you are having these types of contractions, contact your doctor or go to the hospital as you are most likely in labor. You also may experience contractions called “Braxton Hicks” or false labor during the months leading up to delivery. This is your body’s way of preparing for actual labor.
DISCLAIMER – The medical information given on Adoption Planners, Inc. website is of a general nature, at best. If you have questions regarding your pregnancy, they should be directed toward your doctor or a medical professional. The information on a medical subject present on this website cannot replace the advice of a medical professional.