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<p>This is my first pregnancy and my due date is 16 January.  I find it pretty unnerving not knowing when 'it' can all start: tonight still, tomorrow, next week or even three weeks from now.  What is normal (if anything)?  Is it common for a first baby to come before 39 weeks?  When did people have their first one?  (At the same time, I am so excited it's finally *January*!)</p>
 

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<p>My first baby surprised me at 37 weeks 3 days.  Now this little booger has me just waiting because I am already 38 weeks 4 days and no sign of him showing up anytime soon. I wish I could relax but that isn't happening!!!!!!  oh well...</p>
 

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<p>due dates in any pregnancy are fairly irrelevant, imho.  the little wheely things were developed based on research from the 1800s.  newer research done at Harvard in the 90's says that AVERAGE gestation for first time moms is 41w3d and subsequent pregnancies 40w6d.  <em>average. </em></p>
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<p>babies come when they're good and ready which can be 35w or 43w.  we are not a culture that likes things this big to be that unpredictable, unfortunately.  that said, I know this baby will probably come past 40 weeks, but I'm really ready to not be pregnant anymore. </p>
 
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<p>1st : 41w</p>
<p>2nd: (induced) 40w2d</p>
<p>3rd: 40w5d</p>
<p>4th: 40w1d</p>
 

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<p>I'm in the same boat and this is my second baby! My first surprised me by coming on 39w2d. I was mentally set to go overdue. This time I'm trying to think "he may be early but then he may also be late".</p>
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<p>It is a rather large window of opportunity....</p>
 

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<p>Thank you, mamas, for the responses!  Danipoppins, so interesting to see those numbers - it was already my impression that first babies tend to bake a bit longer than 40 weeks.  </p>
 

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<p>My first came at 41 wks 1 day.  I was sooo ready and got to the point where I was thinking "this kid is NEVER going to show up"!  With this one who knows, I'm totally prepared to go over.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>danipoppins</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289310/importance-of-due-date-for-a-first-baby#post_16160531"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>due dates in any pregnancy are fairly irrelevant, imho.  the little wheely things were developed based on research from the 1800s.  newer research done at Harvard in the 90's says that AVERAGE gestation for first time moms is 41w3d and subsequent pregnancies 40w6d.  <em>average. </em></p>
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<p>So true.  For me it's been all over the place, and, for what it's worth, I've been fairly certain of my dates every time:</p>
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<p>#1 -- 39w1d</p>
<p>#2 -- 38w3d</p>
<p>#3 -- 41w4d</p>
<p>#4 -- 39w2d</p>
<p>#5 -- I'm 40w today, and still waiting (not so patiently these days) ...</p>
 

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<p>Beverly, wow! -And that must have felt like such a long wait for #3!<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Beverly</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289310/importance-of-due-date-for-a-first-baby#post_16161769"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>danipoppins</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289310/importance-of-due-date-for-a-first-baby#post_16160531"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>due dates in any pregnancy are fairly irrelevant, imho.  the little wheely things were developed based on research from the 1800s.  newer research done at Harvard in the 90's says that AVERAGE gestation for first time moms is 41w3d and subsequent pregnancies 40w6d.  <em>average. </em></p>
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<p>So true.  For me it's been all over the place, and, for what it's worth, I've been fairly certain of my dates every time:</p>
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<p>#1 -- 39w1d</p>
<p>#2 -- 38w3d</p>
<p>#3 -- 41w4d</p>
<p>#4 -- 39w2d</p>
<p>#5 -- I'm 40w today, and still waiting (not so patiently these days) ...</p>
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<p>My first came at 37+4.  Today is 37+4 with this one, and I am so antsy for it to happen.  LOL!  I will probably go 42 weeks with this one.  But it's annoying when everyone keeps asking "when" I am due.  Um, now?  People have no idea that there is no such thing as a due date, rather a large due window.</p>
 

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<p>Baby #1:  39w1d</p>
<p>Baby #2:  39w2d</p>
<p>Baby #3:  40w (on due date)</p>
<p>Baby #4:  To be determined  <span><img alt="thumb.gif" height="18" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif" width="23"></span>  (I'm currently 38 weeks 4 days.)</p>
 

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<p>I much prefer to refer to my "birth month" (the 38-42 week window ) to help myself and those around me not get all caught up on a specific day.  The whole due date thing really misrepresents how birth works.</p>
 

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<p>i have heard that many first timers then to go over their due date.. ds1 was born a day before his due date. Relax baby will come it can't live in there forever it will be born.</p>
<p> my second came 11 days early and wel  see when this one decides to show up</p>
 
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