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My daughter was born at 38 weeks. I had months of contractions, with weeks of pretty intense contractions before she came. (No, it didn't make labor easier - I still had a tough 34-hour labor, sigh.)<br><br>
Anyway, if my first was born at 38 weeks, does that make it more likely my second will be, too?<br><br>
We're trying to plan which months to ttc and which not to.<br><br>
Thanks for any input!
 

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Hmmm, depends on why your DD came early. Could you have mistaken your due date? Could you have had a UTI? Were there any pregnancy complications? Was the placenta in good condition after birth? How was your overall health and diet during pregnancy? Did you get a lot of vaginal exams...that could have introduced an infection? Is it possible your caregiver stripped your membranes or used prostagladin gel to soften your cervix?<br><br>
All these play a factor into why your daughter could have possibly came early. Then again, you may just be a mother that births a little sooner rather than later. 38 weeks is a bit early, but not dangerously early. So if baby is ready to come on out, then it's time.<br><br>
For the next pregnancy, make sure you have really good health. No vaginal exams (so you can totally rule out infection, stripping membranes, etc.) You could also put yourself on pelvic rest (no sex as it's a natural source of prostaglandins.) Also stay away from other sources of "natural" labor induction methods.<br><br><br>
Hope this helps.
 

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I was in pretty much perfect health before I got pregnant, and ate really well during pregnancy, and went into labor healthy. No vaginal exams or other interference. Placenta in good condition, healthy, pudgy, pink, baby. Good health after pregancy, too.<br><br>
Oops, eta: I am certain of my ovulation date. I was charting.
 

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I worked in maternity in a hospital for a a couple of years. In my experience, second babies come sooner than first babies about 80% of the time (rough guess). That doesn't mean it'll definitely happen that way, but if everything was normal and she just came at 38 weeks on her own, it's likely that the second will come between 36 and 38 weeks. That's in my experience, ymmv. 36 weeks is considered full term by most hospitals, unless the baby shows signs of immaturity after birth.
 

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it definitely wasn't the case for me ! DD was born at 38 weeks and DS was born 40 weeks 4 days! and we were positive of conception date as i was charting both times.<br><br>
and i was sooooo sure he'd be early, too!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Def. not the case here either. Mine were born as follows.<br><br>
#1- 36wks (spontaneous rupture of membranes)<br>
#2- 38wks (spontaneous ruputer of membranes)<br>
#3- 41wks (labor started as light cramping and progressed)
 

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My first was 26 days early<br><br>
My next was 19 days early.<br><br>
My next was 13 days early.<br><br>
None early- early, but each one cooked a little longer than the ones before them. The first was very small and had trouble nursing, but the others nursed well.
 

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WOW!!!! These were not the replies I expected, and VERY good to know! I went into labor with my water spontaneously breaking, as well. I mean, I got up in the middle of the night feeling VEEEERY strange, but not sure why, and pow, pink fluid! Next time I'll let my husband sleep, lol.<br><br>
I'm a UU, too, by the way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Just to add my 2 cents worth...<br><br>
dd1-40 weeks 2 days, induced, healthy pregnancy, healthy baby.<br>
dd2-38 weeks, spontaneous labor, healthy pregnancy, healthy baby.<br><br>
We were sure of dates both times...<br><br>
I think it just depends on the baby, if they are ready, then they are ready, dd2 was kinda big for being 38 weeks(almost 8lbs.) so in her case I guess she was just ready to come out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My first (ds) was born at 40 weeks, my second (dd) was born at 42 weeks 2 days. I was so totally surprised. I was not positive about her conception date, though.
 

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I've had several friends who had their first babies early say around 35-36 weeks and they expected their second babies to be at least that early. In the two biggest cases one went two weeks overdue and the other at least made her due date. I don't think it means much. My mom had one on time, two substantially late and two substantially early. You just never know but if you go into it expecting not to have a 38 week or shorter pg then you may be in for what feels like a very long pg.<br><br>
Not to be confrontational but I don't think the 80% stat thrown out there holds up to any sort of study or anything. I think we've had plenty of women who experience the opposite trend with each baby being a little later. My 4th baby was the latest but that may have been because she was the one who wasn't really rushed by anything.
 

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my 1st was early so i expected my 2nd to be as well but she was 2 weeks late. she gestated 3 weeks longer than her brother <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Not to be confrontational but I don't think the 80% stat thrown out there holds up to any sort of study or anything. I think we've had plenty of women who experience the opposite trend with each baby being a little later.</div>
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I agree.
 

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This has been my trend:<br>
1 - 38 weeks<br>
2 - 38 weeks<br>
3 - almost 42 weeks.<br><br>
I think the absolute BEST thing is to just be patient and trust your body.<br><br>
I do lots of Prodromal labor, too. It's just the way my body does birth. You'll probably have more of it with each additional child. The nice thing is, this is how my labor lengths went:<br>
1 - 18 hours<br>
2 - 4 1/2 hours<br>
3 - 1 hour, 40 mins.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Not to be confrontational but I don't think the 80% stat thrown out there holds up to any sort of study or anything. I think we've had plenty of women who experience the opposite trend with each baby being a little later.</div>
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I never said it did hold up to any sort of study. All I said was that in the brief time that I worked in maternity, <b>about</b> 80% of the second babies were earlier than the first. And as I said, that's a <b>rough guess.<br></b> Of course, the "plenty of women" who have posted on this thread are a much smaller sample than what I have to draw on. I don't think either sample is perfectly statistically reliable, just giving my own experience.
 

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i think every pregnancy is different.
 

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DD1 was born at 38 weeks and 2 days, DD2 was born at 38 weeks and 6 days.
 

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DS 1 was born at 36 weeks due to PROM with an otherwise healthy pregnancy. DS 2 was born at 41 weeks and my water never broke until 8 cm. I spent the last month of pregnancy thinking "it must be any minute now" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .
 
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