Why I think I went early-
Hmmm... Wouldn't it be great if I hadn't, if it was just a mistake from the health care providers?
With DS, he was a hospitial birth.
My water broke what they said was 1.5 weeks short of 40. I went in and they put me on pitocin
. He was born 6 lbs 4 oz. and very healthy. (Both DH and I are small people, so a think a small baby is to be expected.) They calculated the due date from "about" when I thought was LMP was, and from a few ultrasounds.
With DD, I had a home birth. I knew when my LMP was. I saw a group of great midwives and a doctor (who homebirths her own babies) early on. The Dr. gave me an early ultrasound. She and the midwives came up with due dates for me that were exactly one week apart. DD was born 3.5 weeks early by the midwives date. But I think the Dr. had me going the week earlier- can't remember!
My water broke again, and DD was born perfect at 6 lbs 2 oz, but she had a very weak suck and not nurse without an SNS until she was 4 months old.
The Dr.'s with DS spent a large ammont of time going up in me to their elbows to pull my placenta piece by piece. They then said I had a heart shaped uterus, which meant I wouldn't ever be able to push, and could possibly be the reason for being early.
But it never showed up on any ultra sounds, and with DD I found I can push very well!
So, I have no idea. That's why I asked you ladies!
No one ever did a gestational age assesment. That would have been a good idea.
It is a very interesting idea that I did not actually go early. Expessially with the exception of DD not nursing, they were both born perfectly fine, breathing and everything.
Maybe I should just take the last six weeks off anyway. I can definitely handle relaxing and music and no housework for a little pre-baby moon.
edited to add: I also nursed DS through DDs pregnancy. But that doesn't matter, right? As long as you can have sex, you can nurse from what I have read. It never caused me to have contractions or anything.