|It's a bell curve - most go between x & y dates, with a smattering early and a smattering later. If we see people having babies at 30wks, we shouldn't be shocked to see them having them at 50wks.
People do not have healthy, normal babies at 30 weeks. People give birth at 30 weeks because something went WRONG. And, the baby usually has problems, needs to be in the NICU, can't breastfeed right away, etc., etc/
I am hightly skeptical of the 12 month gestations...highly, highly skeptical. I think more likely what happened was either the dates were way off, or there was a missed, reabsorbed m/c and the woman got pregnant again. Even that TIME article posted, sounded very much like what happened was a reabsorbed m/c and then a subsequent pregnancy. The evidence as presented by Dr. Beltz: a laboratory test indicated pregnancy last March 24. The date of Mrs. Hunter's last menstrual period was Feb. 10. Everything proceeded as usual for three months. Then there was "apparent cessation of growth," until at six months Mrs. Hunter felt life for the first time. (Normal time for this: 16th to 18th week.) Fetal heartbeat was first detected in September. (Normal time for this would have been July.)
But, asked the skeptics, if gestation went on so long, why did Penny Diana weigh only 6 lb. 15 oz.?
How anyone can think that was a twelve month prengnacy is beyond me. Babies don't just stop growing and developing for a 3 months? It just doesn't happen.
I can believe that a healthy prengancy can go to 42 or 43...*maybe* even 44 weeks, but to say that a 12 month pregnancy can be normal, is pretty ridiculous. There is NOT that much variation in what is "normal'. It is more likely that people were very off on the dates...even these 45 or 46 week pregnancies....someone could easily ovulate at 40 days instead of 14..so a what looks to be a 45 week prengancy, is really only a 42 week prengancy.