1)how many days were you when you went into labor
I was 37 weeks, 3 days with ds 1 and 38 weeks, 6 days with ds #2.
2) How acurate were your dates ?? meaning do you think your due date was even calculated correctly based on your real cycle or conception or ultrasound??
My pg was dated by LMP with my first pg and was dead on accurate since I had 28 day cycles and knew when I concieved because we were trying. With ds #2 it was dated by u/s because we were not trying and I wasn't keeping track of my periods and forgot the date of my last one.
2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)
3) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???
I lost my mucous plug aprox. 2 days beforehand both times. I had loose stools and just "felt" different. A tad flu like almost. I felt pretty good during most of my pg, but right before labor I felt like I needed to rest.
4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)
I would try as hard as you can not to worry about it and just let your body do it's thing. Way easier said than done. I was lucky to go early both times and I know that this time I will be pretty antsy if I go past 39 weeks. Also, my bp goes up in late pg along with lots of swelling, so I'm not sure it would be such a good thing for me to go over 40 weeks, but maybe my body realized that. I think that for the vast majority if we just trust our bodies we'll be okay. Also, towards the end of your pg if you feel like resting, rest. Don't push yourself. I think that's your body's way of telling you to slow down so that you can save your energy for labor.