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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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#1 of 118 Old 07-31-2006, 01:42 PM - Thread Starter
 
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A friend and I were just talking and she threw out some random statistic about when most first borns are born. I don't buy it so wanted to do a random poll.
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Mine was right on his due date. I wasn't induced or anything, just woke up in the morning and my water had broken.
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I'm probably skewing the results, since mine was *very* early.

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. :

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My stubborn DS was 4 days late. And even then i still had to spend 4 hours straight trying to push him out. I guess he was comfy!
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my ds was just shy of three weeks "late", and fwiw, not at all postmature, just perfect.
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oh yeah, and statistics are "showing" now that more babies are being born on or before their dues dates than ever before. anyone have a guess as to why?! Babies who are not induces are still more likely to be born after their due dates. Two weeks before and two weeks after is still just full term.
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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.
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My stubborn DS was 4 days late. And even then i still had to spend 4 hours straight trying to push him out. I guess he was comfy!
stubborn? At 4 days? That's practically early! Try 15 days.

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DD was born the day after her due date!

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oh yeah, and statistics are "showing" now that more babies are being born on or before their dues dates than ever before. anyone have a guess as to why?! Babies who are not induces are still more likely to be born after their due dates. Two weeks before and two weeks after is still just full term.
I love that docs "don't really understand why" and are so into blaming moms for thinking that premature babies are still just fine. Gimme a break!

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A friend and I were just talking and she threw out some random statistic about when most first borns are born. I don't buy it so wanted to do a random poll.
What was that statistic, btw?

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late 5x I guess that's just the way my body & Babies work.
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My son was born the day before his due date, no induction or c-section. Labor started two days before and he was born early in the a.m.
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My DS was born 6 days before his "due date", but I always thought his due date was 7 days too late.

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stubborn? At 4 days? That's practically early! Try 15 days.
Ha HA! My friend had her first baby a month ago... 23 days late! And yes, they were pretty sure about the due date, she had been charting when they conceived, little Emmett just did not want to come out! (despite ALL efforts for a natural homebirth, he ended up being born via cesarian.)

I, on the other hand, went into labor with my first on my due date. She was born at 12:53 am, so she was 53 minutes late! I still chose "on my due date" for the poll, though.
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My first was 11 days past his EDD, my second was 10 days past the EDD and my third was 15 days the EDD.
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My 1st baby was 15 days late. I was induced I don't know why, but for some reason I thought you weren't "allowed" to go any longer than 14 days. What, did I think the police were going to cart me off for a forced induction or something??? I was already at 3cm when I went into hospital, and I'd had some backache the night before, so i think if we had been left alone she'd probably have been 16 or 17 days late.

(I was a first baby, and I was apparently 4 days late)
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What was that statistic, btw
She said that something like 80% of all babies are born early.
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All my babies have been born after the EDD. #1 was 4 days, #2 was 15, #3 was 17, #4 was 8, & #5 was 9.

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#1 was seven weeks early...though it was because I had an emergency appendectomy. So I'm probably skewing the results....

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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.
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My 1st baby was a week early. I was grateful, as I am 5'3.5" and she was over 9 #!
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My first was born at 38 weeks, no induction.

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I love that docs "don't really understand why" and are so into blaming moms for thinking that premature babies are still just fine. Gimme a break!
Yeah, it kinda makes me wanna :Puke
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My 1st baby was a week early. I was grateful, as I am 5'3.5" and she was over 9 #!
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!
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I said "due date" even though I went into labor the day after it and she was born the day after that, since I don't consider two days after the edd to be "late."
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I said "due date" even though I went into labor the day after it and she was born the day after that, since I don't consider two days after the edd to be "late."
but an OB would. Statisticly it is "late" if not the exact date (especially since those are the only choices in the poll.)
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This might be better as a weekly poll
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Preterm (before 37 weeks)

37-38
38-39
39-40
40-41
41-42
42-43
43+

My bella was 42w6d

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I skew the stats; I had twin boys who were born (vaginally) at 34w2d due to Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. #3, my daughter, was born naturally (ie, no induction) on her due date.

I've read some stat, I think it was from March of Dimes, that the average length of pregnancy now is 39 weeks :
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DS1 was due Dec 19th. He was induced on Nov. 24th due to preeclamsia. Thankfully he was healthy, born 7 lbs 10 oz and 19 inches. He would have been a 9+ lber like DS2 had he been full term.

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