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post #41 of 114
tee hee! missed this as I was offline for Ike... answered below


1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?

43 weeks, 5 days

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?

dd was 41 weeks 2 days

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?

kinda near the end. walking. evening primrose oil. herbs. Agreed to mild stuff in the last week. I was not personally worried so I refused anything that felt too pushy to me.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)

pregnancy test, semi-charting... no sex in the month or so after

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)

My dates were right- no question, but ds did not appear to be post-dates at all. TONS of vernix. Basically same size as dd.

Feel free to pm me

-Angela
post #42 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?
42 with baby1
41 with baby 2



2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?
see above

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?

My midwife did nothing the first time. The second time *I* pushed for techniques and she did manipulate my cervix and recommend some techniques to me. I did them all. my thought process was that I knew this baby was bigger than my first and I just wanted him out. My midwife followed my lead.


4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)
My memory of last menstruation and 20 week ultrasound---same for both babes


5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)

no

Nobody even mentioned the sizes of my babies as a possible connection. They were 9lbs 11oz and 10lbs 4oz respectively.
Hospital birth with midwife, no interventions or drugs.
post #43 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?
DD (first baby) 41 weeks and 3 days
DS (second baby) 40 weeks and 5 days


2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?
both pregnancies went long

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?
DD - saw a very traditional OB who was pushing induction and actually scheduled me for an induction that I no showed. I did nothing to try to get labor going... well, I walked a lot... but I don't really count that. Induction was brought up at 38 weeks... I felt like induction would wind up equaling epidural and the whole chain of events... I was not happy with the suggestion. Doc was not happy with my refusal. I just wanted to wait until 42 weeks to talk induction.

DS - saw a midwife - did nothing to get labor going whatsoever.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)
DD - LMP and early U/S matched
DS - LMP


5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)[/COLOR][/CENTER][/QUOTE]
DD - her gestational assessment put her at about 40 weeks... however, I think she looked like a 41 weeker... dry, peely skin, no lanugo, no vernix, lots of hair, long nails

DS - his gestational assessment put him at 40 weeks and it looked right to me... no lanugo or vernix... but no peeling dry skin either
post #44 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?

41 weeks exactly.

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?

None. I'm currenly pregnant, we'll see about this one… Interestingly, both my sister and I were born 7 - 10 days "overdue". Maybe it’s a family thing.

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?

My midwife was going to discuss options for overdue pregnancies at our next appointment (which would have been the next day). I'm sure it would have included monitoring, scheduling an induction and loss of home-birthing privleges at 42 weeks (Home birth is no longer an option with chemical induction anyway). She is very good at presenting all the options and letting you decide. But I'm sure she would have reminded me that she still has to report to the College of Ob & Gyn and explain why her client chose not to follow "current recommendations".

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)

Originally LMP (standard medical practice), but I knew the dates were wrong since I chart my fertility. U/S confirmed my calculations were right.

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)

Baby was big (10lb3oz), but my husband was also a big baby. No other indications that baby was "over-due".

Michele
post #45 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?

41w 4d (11 days late... so that's 41/4 right? idk.)

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?
none - only my first was overdue (next two were induced at 40w exactly) and the fourth was 4 days early by my calculations, 2 weeks early by 1T ultrasound. I *knew* when he was conceived and I *knew* when he was due but the dr. didn't listen. But anyway.

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?

No, and I would have done ANYTHING to get that baby out!! I kept begging to be induced and the doctor wouldn't. I am very greatful for that now.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)

I didn't get prenatal care till about 26 weeks (I didn't know anyone ever did - I just thought you were pregnant, and then went to the hospital to have a baby. Naive much?lol)

Anyway the pregnancy was dated by Level 2 ultrasound at 27(ish) weeks, with an EDD of May 23, 2001.

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)

Nope, she was under 8 pounds. She did have peeling hands but all my babies did.
post #46 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?
42 weeks, 3 days

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?
1, not overdue - day or 2 before "due date"

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?
Nope, she was awesome & patient! She actually predicted the exact birthdate.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)
Known possible conception dates & LMP

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)
Placenta did show its age, according to MW! Baby was smaller than the first, but she's a girl, so apparently they're smaller? (DS was 8lb 15oz, DD was 8lb 10oz)
post #47 of 114
birth story for baby #2

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...080&highlight=


questions


1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?--41weeks 4days

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?-- 1 previous birth--he was premature by 1 week 5 days

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed? My midwife stripped my membranes at my 41 week apt (actually 41weeks 3 day) and gave me black and blue cohosh to take throughout the day. I was the one who asked her to do it as i was uncomfortable and ready to be done. otherwise she wouldn't have pushed the matter.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.) I had un ultrasound 2 times during pregnancy (8 weeks and 20 weeks) since i was using an ob backup until 22 weeks. both ultrasounds showed the date less than a week apart.

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)[/B] When baby was born there was no vernix and she was quite wrinkly and had a good bit of hair on her head. the midwife commented that she looked "post dates". also--my placent and cord was very small--not short--just small and they examined it thoroughly to make sure it was all out.
post #48 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?

#1 was 43wks +/- a couple of days
#2 was 41wks and 1 day

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?

see above, I also had twins at 34wks 6days

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?

with #1 no; he was a hospital birth with midwives

with #2 yes, birth center midwife birth, differnt practice. They wanted to try cervical rippening, stripping of the membraines etc. I have to say that I was surprised and I felt a lot of pressure to let them. They were pushing to get the baby out before the 42 weeks birthcenter birth cutoff. They started bringing it up before I was 40weeks. My last appointment before dd was born they told me they wanted to do it my next appointment. I think I would have concented because it didn't feel like too much of a request and there was so much pressure on me. Thankfully dd was born before


4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)

LMP I did have u/s with differning EDD's but the lmp date was always used. The wheel is always right :


5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)

no
post #49 of 114
[QUOTE=nuwavemomma;12175198](Xposted in Pregnancy Resources)


1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?

41 weeks

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?

One previous birth that was three days before due date

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?

The midwife didn't push anything but suggested sex and walking when I asked.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)

LMP and U/S

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)[/COLOR][/CENTER][/QUOTE]

Baby's weight was 10 lb, 10 oz and he had dry peeling skin.
post #50 of 114

My first two overdue kids!

Well my first child was almost at the cut off point in the state I was in. (At 42 weeks you had to go to the hospital legally) I was unwilling to do so and didn't want to go unassisted being that I was 18 and hadn't done this before. My midwife started haveing me walk a lot after my water broke but nothing happened for almost 24 hrs. She also was useing herbal tinctures to help it get started but at the time I was not very educated about herbs and Im unsure which ones. I finally got labor going regularly a day before I would have been 42 weeks. It was a pretty easy uneventful birth once I got it going. I was in labor 12 hrs. I had her in the bathtub of my house (in water of course). She was born at 8lbs 10oz 21 1/2 inches long. Even though I was late by the early sonograms due date she was born covered in vernex. I was told by the midwife that it appears I just take a little longer to cook my babies!

My second child was the same. 42weeks. I had him without any induction other than walking to speed up labor contractions once they started. I was at a midwifery birthcenter in a large comfortable birthtub! He was born in water also at about the 12 hour mark. 9lbs 3ozs 19inches. It apears that my previous midwife had been right. He was big and covered in vernex just like his sister.

I am currently about two days away from my due date with my next child. So it is still to be seen if this one will decide to be a late comer also. But being that I have been pretty regular in what I have had in the past Im expecting another 12 hr labor and vernex covered late bloomer!
post #51 of 114
All my kids were overdue.

#1 40w3d
#2 42w
#3 41w
#4 42w1d Birth story

(All according to LMP)

Luckily enough I had no pressure to go earlier. (Though last preg ppl wondered why the drs hadn't induced me. I had an unassisted preg )


When baby was born there was evidence that supported the dates.
All over 3750grams (my 2 that went to 42w were over 4kg).
Vernix esp on back.
Dry skin especially feet.
post #52 of 114
Thanks for posting this. I'm 42 weeks today and needed to read some positive stories.
post #53 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?
42 minus 1 day

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?
0

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?
my midwife stripped my membranes at 41 and 3 days, with my consent and total agreement. otherwise, just exercise. i was to be induced at 42 weeks, or possibly "risk out" of midwife care (as per hospital policy--planned hospital birth). went into labor naturally.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.) NFP charts (sympto-thermal method)

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)
baby was 10 lbs. 5 oz. only indicator
post #54 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?

41 weeks 4 days

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?

2 previous births middle child was overdue by 1.5 weeks.

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?

My care provider wasn't going to induce till I was 2 weeks overdue even though I was a diabetic. And my thought process was I didn't want another induction if I could help it.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)

LMP, U/S and date of the last time I had sex was used due to the fact that I didn't have sex for 6.5 months of my pregnancy

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)

Vernix and Hypoglycemia were used to determine he was overdue as well as examination of the placenta and scrotal descention.
post #55 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?

41 weeks & 4 days

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?

that was baby #1, still waiting to see when this one decides to come along!

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?

my midwife was comfortable waiting until 42 weeks, then she admitted she would start to get uncomfortable & antsy about it. when i was 10 days over, she asked to do an U/S to check amniotic fluids. this was the first of the pregnancy & i felt okay about it (there was plenty of fluid). she also did our first internal exam of the pregnacy, only to discover i was already 1cm dialated! she was going to do a "stretch & sweep" of the cervix, but it was unnecessary (gently proding at the cervix, basically). i went into labour about 14 hours later.


4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)

a definite LMP

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)

baby was born with a bit of vernix & without dry skin...no signs of him being in there too long! he was of normal weight & there were no problems. he just took longer to bake =)
post #56 of 114
I was post dates but not overdue.
dd in red, ds in blue

1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?
40+5, 41+1

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?
ds - 1st baby, dd - ds was post-dates

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?
Ds was born in the early hours of 12/26. I think they were hoping that he would wait until the 27th/28th when I went in for my 40 week appointment. so no pressure (that I remember).
Dd - I had one high bp reading at 40+1 (after the nurse yelled at me, a 2 hour job interview that morning, and it was over 100F that day), was essentially forced to do a 12 hr urine catch and harassed for a week to be induced. I sought an acupuncturist at 40+5 and allowed another doc in the practice to sweep my membranes at 40+4... she still waited until 41+1 to make her appearance

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)
For both: OB used LMP to calculate, I did ovulation and charting, dates confirmed with U/S at 11 weeks due to bleeding.

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)
ds - perfect, a little vernix in the creases, no lanugo. weighed in at 8 lb 6 oz (normal for my family). No abnormalities.
dd - covered in vernix so thick that it squished when they handed her to me. weighed in at 8 lb 11.5 oz. No abnormalities.
post #57 of 114
Chiming in here...

1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born? He was born at 41+1.

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well? He was my first baby.

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed? In the last two weeks, I used EPO to soften my cervix, but it was my idea. My midwife, a CNM, didn't suggest anything but said I could try acupuncture if I felt worried. She would have "let" me go to 43 weeks before suggesting we try to get things going.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.) By my LMP calculations, I was 42 weeks when he was born. Multiple ultrasounds put me at 41 weeks, however.

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?) He had quite a lot of longish, dark hair and the skin on his hands, feet, and face was very peely and sloughed off over the first week of his life. My midwife said he looked a bit more "cooked" than 41 weeks, but obviously we can't be entirely sure. No placental abnormalities or calcifications; I had a placenta smoothie with a small piece and encapsulated the rest.

He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 22 inches long with a 27cm head circumference. My unmedicated, vaginal homebirth story is in my signature.
post #58 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?
41+3

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?
First baby

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?
At 40+5, mw suggested acupuncture (a 3-treatment series). The birth center had a strict 42w limit, so I was very eager to try any techniques that would allow me to birth "on time" and thus at the birth center. My water broke and labor began a few hours after the second treatment. Baby was born 13 hours later, at the birth center, drug free.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)
LMP and 12-week ultrasound

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary for that gestational age. She was on the bigger side, but I don't consider that to be definitive of much.
post #59 of 114
1.) How many weeks were you when baby was born?

DS was born at 41w 3 days by the latest due date (determined by 11 wk ultrasound) or 42 weeks by the earliest due date (based on conception)

2.) How many previous births and were they "overdue" as well?

Don't know, I was induced with my dd. Very well could have been later than 40 weeks...

3.)Did your care provider - if you had one - push any techniques to "move things along?" If so, what and when was this brought up? How did you react? What was your thought process in deciding how to proceed?

My mw was "go with the flow." After 40 weeks I tried acupuncture without any success, and my gut told me ds was not ready. We discussed castor oil, homeopathic blue and black cohosh, and she said use it if I want to, but I did not want to...I just kept waiting. She was cool either way.

4.) What information was used to date the pregnancy (LMP, ovulation kit, U/S, etc.)

I mentioned above the two due dates.

5.) When baby was born was there evidence that supported or called into question the dates? (EG baby's weight; presence of lanugo or heavy vernix; dry, peeling skin; loose or stained skin; abundance of hair; placental abnormalities; hypoglycemia?)

MW said ds was clearly a week and half past due date. He has dry peeling skin on his wrists and feet. The placenta was also in line with this. He was 8 lb 13 oz, no mec in the water. Other than the dry skin and placenta, no signs he was past due date.

We did have a single umbilical artery, and we suspect ds just needed some additional time to grow before birth. But who knows...I am just thankful I let him be born in his own time, and did not force him into my time frame :
post #60 of 114
Back 40+ years ago my mom was 3+ weeks over due both with my sister and brother. Unassisted but in the hospital, my sister made it to the hospital room at least my brother decided to pop out in the elevator. I was born 17 years after my brother and I too was 3 weeks over due but because of my moms age(40) they induced her, that was 27 years ago).

My son was 1 week over due but I was induced as he was having some issues then. I'm 34+ weeks prego right now and with the complications I've been having I'm surprised the baby hasn't come yet.
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