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Your Baby

Your estimated due date (EDD) is this week, calculated from the first day of your last menstrual period.

If your baby arrives through a vaginal delivery, his head may appear slightly pointed or misshapen. This is a temporary result of the tight squeeze through the birth canal, in which the skull bones slightly overlap and shift to allow your baby’s escape.

Your Body

Uterine contractions are the best sign that you're in labor. Labor contractions feel like strong menstrual cramps or a lower backache that comes and goes. You'll know you're in true labor (not just having Braxton Hicks contractions) if the contractions:

  • Are regular and follow a predictable pattern (such as every 9 minutes)
  • Gradually get closer together
  • Last progressively longer
  • Feel increasingly intense

Healthy Tip

If your water breaks or your labor contractions are consistently 5 minutes apart - it's time to call your doctor and go to the hospital. Your baby is coming!

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