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unoficial poll .. When did you deliver

post #1 of 51
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We all know that due dates are circumspect at best. With inductions it is hard to figure out how long woman usually go. I learned in bradley that it is usually 41 weeks 1 day on average. So I thought I would ask you moms to post.

So for your first baby if you did not induce could you please answer the following.


1)how many days were you when you went into labor
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??
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???
4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)
post #2 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor
Not sure exactly
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??
No......I was given 3 different dates and DS was still4-6 premature
2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)
Yes it did, and contractions started immediatley there after
3) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???
woke up in morning not hungry but ate something anyways, diarhea all day, major energy, baby dropped and began kicking alot
4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)
you said it!!
post #3 of 51
Answering only for my first...

1)how many days were you when you went into labor

Days? I dunno. 4 days before due date.

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??

Very accurate. I knew the date of conception and it was confirmed by ultrasound.

2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)

No, it broke during pushing

3) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???

Some fairly regular contractions the day bofore. That's about it.

4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)
post #4 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor

I believe it was 267 days after I conceived. I remember reading somewhere about the number of days (vs weeks) of a typical gestation, and counting from my conception date.

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 due date was accurate because I counted it myself as I knew the day I had conceived.

2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)

No, it broke just as I was getting ready to start pushing.

3) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???

I delievered on a Tuesday. On the previous Friday I started noticing the mucous plug. I noticed this on Saturday too. Monday am I started having some discharge and very light contractions.

4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)

You probably know your due date better than the doctors do. If you have regular cycles, and know about when you conceived, then definitely trust your date as the more accurate one. Think of a due date more as a 'due month', since two weeks in either direction is considered safe. When people ask you when you are due, say July, not July 12.
post #5 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor

275 days from LMP

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??

Date was calculated by me based on my real cycle (AF every 4th Friday between 1 and 3 PM, O'ing on CD13 - yes, I could set a clock by it lol!)

2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)

DS was born with bags intact They actually "broke" it just before he was completely out


3) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???

Honestly? I felt like I had the flu .. and AF'y type cramps - just headachey and really couldn't sleep (it was around 2am when it started.. DS was born at 6:23 AM!)

4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)

Honestly? Ignore them - they don't mean anything. If you think you're in labour, you probably are .. with DD (8/24/03) they insisted I wasn't in labor when I went in to be checked, yet half an hour later I was at 8CM and no contractions that I could feel - I just knew something was up .

Trust your instincts, that's probably the best.
post #6 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor
she was born at 41 w, 8 d according to LMP.

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??
i wasn't certain of my conception date the first time (i was really new to charting), so we went with LMP, but i think that by conception date i was more like 41 w, 2-3 days.

2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)
no, it broke during active labor, just before transition.

3) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???
i never felt any contractions (had braxton hicks, but the only way i knew was by putting my hand on my belly and feeling it get hard) until about 8 hours before she was born, at which time i also started losing my mucous plug. in retrospect, it is interesting that the day i went into labor was the first and only day of my whole pregnancy that i had any visible swelling -- my socks left a mark on my ankles when i took them off that afternoon.

4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)
you can't will a baby to come out. believe me, i tried.
post #7 of 51
1) How many days were you when you went into labor?
39w3d; she was born when I was 39w4d.

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??
I made them calculate my due date based on what I thought was date of conception, though they really wanted to calculate it based on LMP. As it turned out, she was born on the day that would have been my EDD, had they gone with LMP. *shrug*

3) did your water break before labor? (they say this is uncommon)
Nope. They 'had' to break it whilst I was pushing; if they hadn't, I really believe she would have been born in the caul.

4) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???
Well, I asked my relatives and friends to guess what day & time she'd be born, and my mom was only 15 minutes off, does that count? :LOL My membranes were stripped at approx. 4 pm the day I went into labor, and I had some cramping off and on until 9 pm, at which point I had my first contraction and was very certain it was a contraction! Other than that, no, no losing the mucus plug or similar.

5) Any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor (besides that they are pretty inconclusive)
Well, they are inconclusive, but some providers use them like the gospel and for that reason, I'd insist on what you think is the most accurate date. As far as labor is concerned, I told myself I could give birth anytime in a four week range. Hit about the middle of it, but it made things a lot less stressful than they could have been.
post #8 of 51
With #1, age 2.5:

I went into labor at 38 weeks. I was unsure of my dates, so this is according to ultrasound. My water did not break; they did AROM at 6 cm. I experienced no symptoms other than the head engaged the day before labor started.

With #2, age 3.5 weeks:

I went into labor at 40 weeks, 4 days. I knew the date of conception. My water did break before labor, and then labor immediately started. I had no symptoms at all.

My advice about due dates is to ignore them, as long as they are within maybe a month of when you thought you were due.
post #9 of 51
1) My first baby was born at 40 w 6 days, I think, based on LMP. I conceived him when I was 16 and couldn't remember the exact date of my LMP but was pretty sure (I'm sure I was within a few days.) I had just read Our Bodies, Ourselves and learned about menstrual cycles, so I tried to have my doc add 6 days to my EDD since I have 34 day cycles. He didn't want to, especially since I wasn't exactly certain of my LMP. He did, however, never make any mention of inducing or anything, and I went into labor on the day I would have given myself for and EDD, six days late by his count.

2) As above, my dates were pretty close, but not to the day accurate as I was with my other babies (charting and knew the date of conception.)

3) My water broke at 7:52 am the day I went into labor. I was just waking up and happened to be looking at the clock. First contraction was at 7:57 am, so right after my water broke. Baby came at 2:02 pm.

4) I never lost my mucus plug. I did have irregular contractions, sometimes settling into a pattern for an hour or so in the 2 weeks prior to delivery. The night before I was very restless, couldn't sleep, and played solitaire for a couple hours before finally going to sleep. Then I slept like a log until I woke up to my water breaking.

5) Due dates don't really matter. For the most part, babies come when they are ready. 70% of first time moms will go past 40 weeks. Being a few days off average doesn't make you abnormal! The uterus and placenta do not expire at 40 wks!
post #10 of 51
DS was a c-section for failure to progress after an induction, so all of my replies are for DD, my all-natural VBAC

1)how many days were you when you went into labor
I was 40 weeks 1 day

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??
Very accurate. My due date was based on my ovulation date as determined by temperature charting.

2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)
No, my water broke on its own about 25 minutes into pushing

3) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???
Lost my mucous plug 3 weeks before labor began. Lots of pressure and back pain. Lots of BH contractions. The evening before labor began I was really, really emotional. Got irrationally angry at DS and cried in my room ! I should have known something was up.

4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive) Although I delivered only 2 days after my due date, my pregnancy with DS went 10 days past my due date before they induced. I knew exactly when I ovulated with both pregnancies. Babies gestate as long as they need to before labor starts. Some just need longer than others, IMO. Be patient!
post #11 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor
with my first... i was on my due date - 40wks on the nose
with my second i was induced at 38wks
with my last i went into labor at 37wks 5 days
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??
i think the due dates were right on the money
2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)
dd#1 i leaked on due date
dd #2 induced, so don't know
dd#2 yes, my water broke and thats how i knew i was in labor

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 plug with #3 a week before i went into labor. other then that just bh's with all pregnancies

4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)
nope...due dates are inconclusive. LOL
post #12 of 51
My 2nd DD was born one hour shy of her EDD, going by my LMP.
Since I know when I ovulated, and have long cycles, that was really 37 weeks after conception.

My water leaked just a little during in early labor, and finally broke as baby's head was born, pushing the rest of her body out in a big gush. With my firstborn, my water broke at 37 weeks (probably 36, but I wasn't charting at the time) and labor never started.

I knew the day before that it was almost time. I lost my mucous plug, and the rushes started coming a bit more regularly, though they never were really "regular" even through the pushing stage.

Hang in there! Baby will be born when the time is right.
post #13 of 51
I had a scheduled cesarean at 39 weeks for breech presentation with my 1st child, so my answers are for my VBAC since I went into labor spontaneously.

1)how many days were you when you went into labor?
I am not sure how many days exactly, but it was 11 days before my EDD

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 EDD was very accurate, my husband was out of town much of the month that I concieved, so I know exactly what days he was home and what days we ttc since it is on our calendar.

3) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)
My water didnt break until I was pushing.

4) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???
I dont know if it was because I had never labored before or what, but I dont think I experienced ANYTHING - like crampiness, nesting, diarhea... I did lose my mucous plug in the morning after a night with several hours of contractions. My DD was born the morning after I lost my mucous plug.
post #14 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor? With Amber it was 4 days before my dd and Noah was 1 day after

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??
I think my dd's were pretty accurate

3) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon) With Amber it broke just before transition and Noah just after I started feeling my rushes

4) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???
With Amber I had NO idea and with Noah is was 4cm for about a week and then I took castor oil to kickstart labour

5) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)Due dates are not always 100% but they give you an idea. If there is no sign of trouble I say be patient - the baby will come!
post #15 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor?

9 days past my due date.

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??

We did IVF, so we knew the conception date for sure - so, yes, the due date was calculated correctly.

3) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)

No, it broke during labor.

4) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???

I had been having more and stronger Braxton-Hicks contractions for maybe a week before, but there were no new symptoms right before labor started. (Except that I caused some especially strong B-H contractions by going for a longer-than-usual walk the evening before labor started. Also had sex that evening, and I think the exercise and/or sex may have had the desired effect of bringing on labor.)

5) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)

When I told my OB that my mom was 2 weeks late with all four of her kids, and my sister's boys were 2 weeks late and 10 days late, and asked him if being early or late tended to run in families, he said yes it did, and it was likely my baby would be late, too. And she was. So you might want to find out whether other women in your family delivered early or late.
post #16 of 51
Baby #1
1.39 weeks four days six pounds two ounces
2.accurate
3.no
4.diarrhea,vomiting, cx
5.babies come when they are ready!
Baby#2
1.38 week one day - six pounds even
2.accurate
3.no
4.vomiting,diarrhea,cx
5.babies come when ready
Baby #3
1.forty weeks one day - six pounds fourteen ounces
2.accurate
3.no
4.vomiting, diarrhea, cx
5.babies come when they are ready
Baby #4
1.thirty nine weeks four days - seven pounds four ounces
2.fairly accurate
3.no
4.vomiting, diarrhea, cx
5.babies come when they are ready!

All home births...I am blessed!
post #17 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor

With #1 I was 40 weeks exactly when I went into labor...she was born the next day. With #2 I was 39 weeks 6 days. With #3 I was 40 weeks and 2 days. With #4 I delivered right at 40 weeks. None of my labors were induced in any manner.



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??

All of my dates were based on LMP. I tend to be fairly regular.



2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)

Not with any of mine



3) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???

I had a lot of the usual with all of mine. Aches and pains. Irregular contractions.



4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)

Even though I had all of mine pretty much right on time, I tend to think that every woman's "oven" bakes at a little different speed. Some of us take longer and some of us are a little quicker. Its not a race at all. I think that lots of pampering and relaxing are in order for those last days of pregnancy. I always tried to get some extra rest and treat myself to bubble baths and lots of quiet time. Its really a time to prepare to meet your baby. Be greatful for the extra time to charge your batteries before you spend the next 20 years taking care of your baby.



Christina
post #18 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor
I started labouring on Mon, May 7th and delivered on Thur, May 10th. She was due on the 9th, so I was one day past due.

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 cycle was completely whacked and we did not keep track of the dates that we had sex, so I had no idea when I conceived. Based on my last period date I was 6 weeks pg when I found out. Ultrasound later proved that to be wrong and I was barely pg when I found out. (Therefore my cycle dates being out by approx 6 weeks...) However when I gave birth, all of the nurses and doctor felt that she appeared to be 2 weeks past due - because of her size and the wrinkling.

2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)
No.

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 on the Saturday before giving birth, so that would be about 2.5 days before labour started and almost 5 days before delivering.
That was the only hint I had of it coming.

4) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)
This is not labour related, but the biggest surprise for me was that I started lactacting (leaking) at 6 months! That shocked and freaked me out.
post #19 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor

I was 42 weeks and 3 days



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 dates were pretty accurate based on the fact that I knew the week I concieved.


2) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)


Nope

3) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???


I had none......I was about 2cm dialated and 75% effaced and my midwife stripped my membranes because she said she'd have to medically induce me if I went one more day over.

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 just think all first time moms should hold on dearly to the theory that first babies will be, by current definition, late and embrace that.
post #20 of 51
1)how many days were you when you went into labor?

first one was the day before EDD, second was 10 days after EDD

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??

I think they were off by a few days, and ds was a few days early, and dd was still late. I ovulated on day 17 of both of those cycles, but dates were calculated on a typical cycle.

3) did your water break before labor? ( they say this is uncommon)

No, AROM at about 4 cms with my son, and with ds I broke the bag with a good push when I was told I was fully dilated.


4) What symptoms did you experience before going into labor???? Did you have any idea it was coming the days or weeks before???

With ds, other than being tired and cranky, no! Except I did have an NST that day and they told me I was having ctnx.

With dd, I'd had prodromal labor from 37 weeks, so I didn't truly believe "this is it" until I'd been laboring for hours.

5) any other thoughts you think would help first time moms know about regarding due dates and labor ( besides that they are pretty inconclusive)

Babies come when they're ready, for the most part. And they always come out eventually!
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