Awkward way to phrase this I know but didn't know quite how to put it....I am expecting my first girl and wondering if I am in for a longer pregnancy this time - I think I heard somewhere that girls take longer? My mom is coming from out of town to help with childcare towards the end and I want to plan the timing of the visit so she can stay a bit after the baby too. She can probably stay about a month. My others are boys, with my first my water broke at 35 weeks much to my surprise, and he was born (healthy & fine) the day he turned 36 weeks. My second was 40 weeks and one day. I am now expecting a girl -- one other variable -- she has a different father. Here's yet another variable, I am in my 40's...Anyone have any thoughts or experiences they can share?
Christine (wife, mom, doula for 8 years, and midwifery student)
DD12, DS10, DS7, DS4.5, DS2.5, & #6, a boy, due mid-Sept. plan 5th home waterbirth
Here's my history, shorthand:
#1 B - 40w convenience induction (but arrived for my induction with bloody show)
#2 G - 42w+1d
#3 B - 42w+1d
#4 B - 42w+1d
#5 B - 40w+3d
#6 G - 41w
So, I dunno? :) Both my girls cooked longer than their most immediate previous brothers.
I don't believe these twins will come early, either. Not with my history.
Mom to eight!! Our twin girls arrived 3-3-2011.
Not for me. Seems the length of stay is based more on my body (41+w) than the babies and certainly their genitals have nothing to do with how long I gestate.
Boys: 12/94, 1/99, 11/03, 6/11. Girls: 11/06, 10/09, 12/12
Mine were about the same. My daughter was born at 42 weeks and 1 day, and my son was 41 weeks and 6 days. I think I had more accurate dating with my son, too, so he was probably actually later than my daughter (she was estimated to be about 41 weeks after she was born). I had read that boys take longer, but don't know if that's really true.
My OB with my first kid said that boys mature slower in the womb than girls and have a higher chance of lung problems with induction or slightly premature delivery. I've also heard this many other places. I've only had boys so far so I can't really give you any personal experience. I have no idea what I'm having this time.
Happily married Christian SAHM of 2 boys, DD1 , and DD2 July 2013
DDCC too! There is no difference in gestation length according to sex of the fetus. What you may have heard is what Dayiscoming2006 referred to - that girl babies seem to develop slightly more quickly. For example, survival rates for a boy baby born at 29 weeks are similar to surival rates for a girl baby born at 28 weeks. The other sex difference is that male babies weigh more on average.
ETA: Okay, I have to stand corrected. I just found a study that said that found preterm birth is slightly more common in male babies. Not exactly what you asked, but it seems that there is a difference after all. http://www.earlyhumandevelopment.com/article/S0378-3782(03)00169-5/abstract
Metis, partner to a peaceful soul, mothering DD born July '11
My first two are boys and came at 38 and 39 wks, my third little one is a girl and was born at 42w. So in my case, yes ;) I was expecting her any day now for a month!
DS1 = 40w 2d
DS 2 = 38w 2d
DS 3 = 40w 4d
DD 1 = 41w 1d
With the exception of DS2, it would appear that the more children I have, the longer I'm pregnant. Not really a gender thing, at least for me.
DS 10 DS 8 DS 5, DD 3 and a new DS 3/2011
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