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View Poll Results: When did your spontaneous labor begin?
at or before 36 weeks 33 100.00%
37-37.5 weeks 35 100.00%
38 weeks 41 100.00%
38.5 weeks 34 100.00%
39 weeks 50 100.00%
39.5 weeks 56 100.00%
40 weeks 98 100.00%
40.5 weeks 45 100.00%
41 weeks 53 100.00%
41.5 weeks 43 100.00%
42 weeks 26 100.00%
42.5 weeks 15 100.00%
43 weeks or later 16 100.00%
I don't think my 'due date' was accurate 9 60.00%
I was not sure what my 'due date' should have been 1 6.67%
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#1 of 103 Old 02-23-2009, 12:54 AM - Thread Starter
 
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The discussion on birthweights has gotten me curious--I always knew that 40 weeks was an 'average' but I'm seeing a LOT of moms who delivered at 42 and 43 weeks, so now I'm curious how average it is among mothers who don't push their babies to come before they're ready...

Please select as many as apply for spontaneous labor (water breaking, onset of contractions, etc). If labor stopped and you got pitocin or whatever later that's ok, but I'm looking for labor that started on its own.

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My only labor that was allowed to start on it's own was baby #2--my water broke 2 days before 41 weeks and he was born at 41w0d.

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My dd was born at 38w6d.
My ds was born on his due date, so 40 wks. I am 100% positive on his date of conception, but my dd was concieved in the weeks following a miscarriage, so I wasn't positive on her dates.

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actually, average gestation is different for the number of babies you have.
average natural gestation for a first baby is 41.5 weeks, and still +- 2 weeks.
For subsequent births average gestation is shorter, but still, 40 weeks is a very 'short' average for just about any singleton birth.

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41 weeks 2 days
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43 weeks 5 days

Dates solid.

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1- 39/2, 2- 40 on the nose.

According to The Thinking Woman's Guide, I believe, average gestation for a first time mother is 41 w 1 day, and it's shorter by a couple of days for 2nd timers, but still over 40 weeks, so I'm always annoyed when people claim they're overdue when they're a day or two past their EDD! "Overdue" has got to be the most overused word WRT birth. Library books become overdue, but babies usually don't.

Than again, this is coming from a woman who has never gone past her EDD, so take it with a grain of salt!

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36 weeks
38 weeks

Around 43 weeks (a day or two before I hit 43 weeks)

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Mine started 42 weeks 5 days, but I didn't have the baby until 43 weeks.

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I've gotten longer every time!

#1 - 39w4d
#2 - 40w2d
#3 - 41w2d

The only one where dates are not certain is #1. She could have been as early as 39w1d or as much as 40w even. Either way, it'd still be my shortest gestation.

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1st - 38.5 wks
2nd - 41.5 wks
3rd - a day or two shy of 40 wks
4th - 40wks

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DD - 5 days before EDD
DS - 5 days before EDD
DS2- 3 days after EDD
DS3- 4 days before EDD

I think DS2 implanted late, I knew when I O'd all 4 times.
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38w4d
41w
40w5d
40w4d
40w3d
39w4d

i have read that the real average is 41w1d
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42wks 5days.
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43 + 1 weeks. First baby. 8lb 13 oz so not huge. Reasonably sure of dates within the span of a week, so she may have been a couple of days earlier or a couple of days later, IYKWIM.

She was asynclitic and posterior which I understand delays labour onset, and my water broke (but then resealed) about 5 days before I actually went into labour. She had some dry skin on hands and feet, but otherwise looked cooked just about right!

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Both my full-term babies came on their due dates with no prodding.
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39 weeks 4 days
38 weeks 4days
41 weeks 3 days
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DS1 induced
DS2 42+5
DD 43
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I think it only lets you vote once.

My most recent babe came at 39 weeks 6 days of her own accord and weighed 8 lbs 12 oz.

Her big sis came at 41 weeks 6 days and weighed 7 lbs 12 oz.
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36 weeks 5 days
39 weeks 4 days
38 weeks 2 days
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My first child- 40 w 5 d
My second child- 39 w 2 d

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#1 was at 41 and 5 days
#2 was induced at 43 weeks
#3 at 39 and 5 days

Completely positive about the dates because we were always charting.
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I chose 39.5 and 40 because my daughter was born at 39 and 6. she was due on 9-12 and born on 9-11. spontaneous labor. she was 8 lbs 8 oz.

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41W4D. He was 7# 4oz, so certainly not too big. I'm 100% certain of my LMP & fairly sure I ovulated around day 14 of that cycle (although that I'm not as certain of. I'd only had 3 cycles after getting off the pill before conceiving & I hadn't been able to detect ovulation based on basal temp.)

As a previous poster pointed out, 40W isn't really average. It is "Naegel's rule" - named after a German OB in the 19th century who just decided gestation was 10 moons - 40 weeks. It was never based on empirical evidence! ( So sad how many components of modern American maternity care are NOT evidence-based.)

Actual science (I believe based on meta-analyses) by a doc named Mittendorf shows that 41W1D is average for first-time Moms who are white. I believe a few of the other ethnic groups for which he collected data were a little bit shorter than that - but still over 40W.
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#1 born at 41 weeks
#2 born at 41 weeks

and my dates were spot on
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DD was born at 39w5d. She is my second.

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1- 39/2, 2- 40 on the nose.

According to The Thinking Woman's Guide, I believe, average gestation for a first time mother is 41 w 1 day, and it's shorter by a couple of days for 2nd timers, but still over 40 weeks, so I'm always annoyed when people claim they're overdue when they're a day or two past their EDD! "Overdue" has got to be the most overused word WRT birth. Library books become overdue, but babies usually don't.

Than again, this is coming from a woman who has never gone past her EDD, so take it with a grain of salt!
I agree 100%. And I went 41.5 weeks. Never overdue - right on time! Babies have their OWN due dates and if they're not even sure exactly what triggers spontaneous labour, how are they sure when each individual baby is "due?" Hence why I ALWAYS say estimated due date, and put emphasis on the word "estimated."

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Twins 35.5 weeks (PROM)
Rivka 39 weeks + 5 (not induced)
Avraham Tzvi 40 + 2 (not induced)

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38w 2d w/#1, 8 lbs

40w 0d w/#2, 8 lbs

Dates exact within 24 hours of conception.
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DD1 was born at 39 weeks and 1 day.

She's the only one I can vote for. DS1 was born in the second trimester, and didn't survive. The twins were a scheduled preterm section, because of maternal illness.

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DS1 -43+?... 10#6oz
DS2 -41+6... 10#2oz
DD1 -39.......8#13oz
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