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View Poll Results: When was your FIRST BORN born in comparison to the due date?
Early 159 40.25%
Late 181 45.82%
On Due Date 55 13.92%
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Old 08-01-2006, 04:00 AM
 
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#1: 7 days past EDD
#2: 9 days past EDD

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Old 08-01-2006, 04:01 AM
 
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It used to be that most first time moms had their babies around 41 weeks or so, but nowadays more OBs are inducing, so I think the average is getting earlier. I know lots of moms who were induced prior to 41 weeks. :
Yes, I currently have two friends who are pregnant - around 39 and 40 weeks respectively - neither has reached their due date and both are incredulous that they are "still" pregnant. The one whose due date is almost here says that at her OB practice, if you are "still" pregnant on your due date you come in and have monitoring done and then meet with the doctor to "decide what to do". : 40 weeks is the new 42 weeks.
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I've only had one child so far (expecting number 2 on 8-14-06). Abigail was due on thursday, may 26th. She was born on sunday, may 29th, 2005 at 6:13 pm. I think she would have been born later than that had my labor not been induced by a tired and impatient midwife.

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My daughter was 3 days early. I convinced myself that she was going to be late(I was very late when I was born) and had this long list of stuff to do before she was born. I was in denial for so long that I was actually in labor. I was like, "I can't be in labor! I haven't finished all the stuff on my to-do list!"
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Early.
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DS was ten days before EDD - but he might've been even sooner, if the CNM had stripped my membranes like she informed me she was going to. Oh well, at least she said something before she did it, even if she didn't actually ask permission. I hear that's more than some mothers get.

Oh, and she thought the baby was really small - so why exactly did she want to hurry things up? I really don't understand...I got the impression that she just routinely does this to all her patients.
Stripping membranes twice a week from 38 weeks has been shown in some studies to get babies out before the 42 week mark (I think only 6% went post-term.) Stripping membranes once, generally, does diddly-squat.

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It's doubtful that a week or so would have made much of a difference. It's not the weight of the baby that would make it "more difficult" but the size of the head, which doesn't change much, if at all, in the last few weeks. Plus, most babies are born when they are ready, so it's impossible to say that IF I had gone x more days baby would have been too big, or x bigger. That's just an impossible to prove theory. Trust your baby and your body!
I did trust my baby and my body, I was not induced. It is OK to be grateful to not be carrying 9 pounds of baby in a petite body!
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My DD was due March 28 and was born April 12 after induction. DD was very chubby, peeling skin, no vernix. My DS was due November 17 but was born November 19. Had vernix, a pound and a half lighter, and no peeling skin. With my son though, I took castor oil and EPO to try to avoid an induction. I was a first baby and was 2-3 weeks overdue.
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I said on my due date but it was really three days before the due date my CNM assigned me. I had several that were earlier according to u/s, and other calculation methods. Close enough
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2 days early- which I consider to be very much "on time." I voted "early" in the poll.

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39w5d.

So only two days early. I hadn't done any cleaning because I was convinced she'd be at least two weeks late.
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DD #1 was 17 days past her 'due date'.
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She came 10 days late!

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My first was born at 37w 5d... no induction... labor started on its own.

My second was born 37w 6d.... all natural. To top it off he was 9lb 12oz!
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dd was 6 days early. spontaneous labor.
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Both my children were right around 3 week earlier than my due date. However, with DD my water broke (about 2 hours following a small car accident) and I followed docs advise to go to the hospital if this happened--so was put on pit and ended with a c-sec. I'm not sure if she would have come that day had the events not been as they were and if I had been more informed then!

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Exactly 2 weeks late. MW stripped my membranes 3 times in the last week to no avail. 66 hour labor - but went from 5cm to birth in 2 hours.
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Both of my boys were born within at least 12 hours of their due date. I wonder why I'm so punctual when it comes to that Its nice having predictability though.
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My first was three weeks late. I was sooo uncomfortable.
My second was a week early and labor was MUCH easier.

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3 weeks late

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3 weeks early (according to the due date for when I know she was concieved), and fully cooked.

All five of my mom's came early, so it's not a huge surprise. I think maybe we just cook 'em quick.

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DD was two weeks early... but I was induced due to some pregnancy complications.
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Almost a week early......supposedly he was due Jan 25th but he came on the 17th instead.

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DD arrived right on time.

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DD was born 4 days before her EDD. To me that was early becuase I'd convinced myself she'd be born 41-42wks. It seemed like most of the first time mothers I knew were going at least 41wks.

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My oldest DD was on her due date. My next 3 children were 12, 8, and 8 days late.
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My dd was 11 days early. She was born on my last scheduled work day (needless to say, I was NOT at work that day). I was expecting a few weeks to rest and wait but she saw otherwise. It was wonderful though. As tired as I had been during the week (I went into labor on Friday), I somehow mustered super-energy to totally scrub my house clean on Thursday and then awoke the next morning with bloody show and contractions soon after. I spent most of the day at home and the rest at the hospital with my husband and awesome midwives. My beautiful daughter was born at 1:42 am. Everything was perfect. Natural, empowering and awesome. I can't wait to do it again. I only hope I'll be blessed with another small, though healthy, babe and to deliver a bit early--I can't imagine going beyond my due date, though I'd deal with it, I'm sure
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Ours was one week early. These hormones are driving me crazy. Finding that - VirginMaternity.com - is a useful site for first time moms. Taking it one day at a time. thanks mama rosa for your help!
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Better than a random poll

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LENGTH OF PREGNANCY

In the early 1800s a German obstetrician simply declared that pregnancy lasts ten moon months counting from the start of the menstrual cycle prior to the pregnancy. (2) It took nearly 200 years for researchers to investigate whether this was, in fact, true. It turns out that it wasn't. When researchers in the late 1980s followed a group of healthy, white women with regular menstrual cycles, they discovered that pregnancy in first-time mothers averaged eight days longer than this, or forty-one weeks plus one day . The average was three days longer than forty weeks in women with prior births. The researchers also refer to other studies suggesting that other races may have average pregnancy lengths that are shorter than white women.
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For primiparas, the median duration of gestation from assumed ovulation to delivery was 274 days, significantly longer than the predicted 266 days (P = .0003). For multiparas, the median duration of pregnancy was 269 days, also significantly longer than the prediction (P = .019). Moreover, the median length of pregnancy in primiparas proved to be significantly longer than that for multiparas (P = .0032). Thus, this study suggests that when estimating a due date for private-care white patients, one should count back 3 months from the first day of the last menses, then add 15 days for primiparas or 10 days for multiparas, instead of using the common algorithm for Naegele's rule.

Mittendorf R et al. The length of uncomplicated human gestation. Obstet Gynecol 1990;75(6):929-32.
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i've read that on avg first babies are 10 days late. of course american doctors have to just F that all up with inductions, etc. i went the latest of anyone i know irl who's given birth in the last couple years (most of whom were in for inductions on or right after the EDD). i went into labor 10 days past EDD and ds was born the 11th day.
This cracks me up. If the average baby is 10 days late, then why don't they move the duedate of babies to reflect that extra 10 days. Do I make any sense? Like the way it is now, DS was "due" may 5th, shouldn't his duedate really have been may 15th? Since average is 10 days after that, shouldn't we correct for it? He was born the 19th.
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