With my first dd my due date was Aug 5th? I believe? I had her August 15, went into labor spontaneously. She was healthy, and showed no signs of being "overbaked". She still had vernix, smooth skin, and beautiful black hair.
My other dd, however, was a different story. Early in in my pregnancy I was accidentally hit in the stomach, and bled dark blood for a long time. I though that I had lost her, but we went in for the ultrasound, and yep, there she was, heart still beating! Breathed a huge sign of relief, and continued with the pregnancy. However, her heart tones were always very low, around 120 which is boderline normal. She never moved around very much, either, often times I'd have to poke her to get her to move throught the pregnancy. At 41 wks? I believe? we did a NST and the tests were less then reassuring, so my midwife ordered a biophysical profile, which turned out OK. After a couple of days with her heart tones still really low, and being 4 cm dilated, I agreed to have my midwife stip the membranes. It did the trick and I had mild contactions all through the night, progressing to hard ctrx for two hours, a quick transition and quick birth. Her apgars were 10 and 10, but she was very *overbaked* if you will, nails extremely long, and dry, cracked, peeling skin all over her body. Her placenta wasn't the blood red that it should have been either, it was very pale and aging. After looking at that it scared me and I wondered how close we might have to having a still birth. It reminded me that sometimes we do have to step in and help mother nature, rare incidence that it might be.
As an after thought, she did turn out to be mildy develpmentally delayed, with definite speech impediments. I can't help but wonder that somehow me getting hit in the stomach early on, with the bleeding afterwards, might have affected the placenta somehow and caused some of her delays. It was so weird, also her blood tested positive for ABO imcompatiblity (her blood type being A- and mine 0-) but she never had jaundice. Strange. Anyhoo..I gotta go make some dinners, and I probably wrote too much anyways!