perhaps this is just a peeve of mine. . .but other than medical emergencies that require inductions and what not, why would we be "hoping" for people to give birth early?
afterall, we're not *due* until august. even if it's august 1st, that's still nearly weeks of gestation away!
honestly, don't we want babies to be born at term, when it is healthiest for them to be born (assuming that dates are right and that august is the correct due date)?
afterall, a baby born today may be 37 weeks, which is still technically premie (as 38 weeks begins the "optimal time"--38-42 weeks) and there is plenty of research in the media now about how even 38 and 39 wk babies are premies and may have health troubles.
i understand the excitement of wanting to see our babies, to hold and care for them outside of our bodies, but honestly, isn't it more important to simply be exicted AND patient for the mother and baby's optimal health?
i only ask this because, being 33 weeks, i've been frustrated by so many comments by others. mostly, it's in response to the size of my belly (which isn't that big, but people aren't used to seeing pregnant women), such as "oh, you could go any day now!"
going "any day now" would not be fabulous for my baby. my baby needs many more weeks of growth inside of my body in order to be healthy.
i assume that, for most of us due in august, this is the same case!
so why are we so excited about the idea that someone "should be" having a baby in early-mid july, when not even due until august?
of course, and again, i have no problem with people inducing or going early for health reasons, or if people simply go early.
but i don't wish it on a mama or a baby. being too early causes a lot of health problems for little ones--and the stress of hospital stays, struggles with the med establishment to allow us to AP effectively while in those stays, and so on.
So, i'd rather that our babies just stay inside until they're really ready--until about 40 weeks--which i assume for most of us is at least Aug 1, if not Aug 31!
ok, sorry, just had to say it.