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Does anyone know if women in a family mimic each others birth outcomes? Meaning, if my mom and her sister and my sister didn't go past their due date does that mean that I won't go past due either? I was curious because I'm trying to plan out something. I'm due July 23 and my parents are driving out to Ca from Va to stay for a month and they are leaving July 1st and taking a week to site see and drive to Ca. I want to have the baby's dedication while they are here but need to plan that with the church in advance.
 

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Some people say their labor experiences were a lot like their moms'... But I wouldn't predict when your baby will come based on whether your mom/sister went late or early. So many factors play into that! As a first-time mom, chances are that you'll be "late," but of course there's no real way to predict it.
 

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I wouldn't place any bets on when someone would go into labor based upon family history. My brother and I were both preemies (he was a month early, I was two months early!), so that made me nervous, but my son was born the day before his due date, so my mom's labors obviously had no bearing on the outcome of mine!
 

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Don't place bets on it, but yes in my family. We all go almost exactly on the due date (I have two Capricorns born on their due dates), except a couple instances (usually with the first dc) of going 2 weeks over.
 

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Well, my preg and my labor were EXACTLY like my mom's--right down to the bizarre amount of swelling we had (more than either of our practitioners had ever seen without it being an indicator of a problem). The only difference--my mom went 3 wks overdue with every pregnancy. DS was born 12 days early. (Yes, I was in total shock when my water broke--I expected to be preg for another 4-5 weeks!)
 

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My mom never made it anywhere near her due date with any of us, so she had me convinced that I would be early with my 1st. So, my due date came and went and I was still pregnant. DS1 was born only 3 days after his due date, but those were the longest 3 days of my life! Interestingly, his brother was also born 3 days after his due date!
 

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I think there is some truth to the concept (pregnancy and birth being similar within family) but you don't know who you will take after. For instance I take after the women on my father's side of the family, my paternal grandmother and aunt. My pregnancy and birth was nothing like my mom's at all, in any way. So you might take after some great aunt or something.
 

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I think that for various reasons family members MAY share similar birth experiences - expectations, nutrition, and lifestyles are things that drastically affect birth and that we often share with family.<br>
My mom had us at 38, 34, and 27 weeks, and I was *sure* I'd have my baby early. So was one of the mw's. Nope, my son didn't make an appearance until 41.4 weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">.<br>
He knew when he was ready.<br>
Don't add to your stress by trying to plan a convenient birth time. Your baby will come when ready.<br>
Happy gestating,<br>
Melinda
 

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I don't know about labor... but my pregnancy has been very similar to my mom's and grandma's as far as things like morning sickness, swelling, etc. are concerned.
 

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I think it's up in the air personally. I was supposedly born 2 weeks early, ds was supposedly born a week early, we both labored and birthed the same day.
 

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This is so interesting to me. I wondered the same thing when pregnant with my first. My mom had morning sickness that lasted until she gave birth; mine lasted until 23 weeks. My mom was always a few days to a week overdue with her 3 kids; I was 5 days late with my first. My mom's labor with her first was about 10 hours from start to finish; mine was 10 hours too. I think it's so interesting b/c we have such different body types. My mom is very thin and can't gain weight and I have my dad's body type, harder to lose weight and more sturdy, but not exactly overweight. I guess it's just whatever genes you're dealt! I'm pregnant again and hoping for another fast labor.
 

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My history is different from my moms and as far as I know, both my grandmothers. I am the only person to have had preterm births. I think that my mom's history isn't something I would use to base my plans on.
 
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