37 to 40 weeks ?

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37 to 40 weeks ?

I know our goal and the doctors want us to go to at least 40 weeks but in the past what is your average?

I heard that it’s ok from 37 to 40 for delivery but what is the worried point? (not before 34 weeks or later?) just curious Smile

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37 weeks is considered full term but babies have been known to survive as early as 21 weeks. It's crazy how far medicine has come. Obviously the later the better for regular pregnancies.
I was induced a few days early with DS and DD was born at 40 weeks 3 days

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I delivered Kaylee at 36weeks due to pre-e

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Yeah, most hospitals want 37 weeks or above. They typically get worried even at 36 weeks...and then plus 40....especially if 42 week or over. Though I've not found anything concrete concerning actual issues of babies being born after 40 weeks.

I had mine 4 days over EDD....1 day before EDD, over 40 weeks, 5 days before EDD, 16 days before EDD, 12 days before EDD, 12 days before EDD, 7 days before EDD, and waiting on this one.

On natural labor for me, I've went about my EDD and one way over my EDD.

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Thanks Ladies for the information.. I have a better understanding now.. thanks again Biggrin

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I had #1 at 39 weeks 3 days and #2 at 40 weeks 2 days. Also I think it is very important to know that the average first time mom gives birth at about 41 weeks. I like the FB page "A EDD (Estimated Due Date) is NOT an Expiration Date"! So many people/doctors think that once mom hits the magic 40 weeks then she either should already have baby in her arms or be induced. It is insane to me how many moms are induced at 40 weeks just because they want to and "should" be done. I want my baby to come when he/she is READY not just because i hit 40 weeks and I want to meet the baby. I understand that the last few weeks of pregnancy can be uncomfortable and sometimes not fun but nothing would make me force a baby to come before she is ready unless it was absolutely medically necessary! Our bodies usually know when it is time to have baby, of course there are always some circumstances where that isn't true. But most of the time our bodies know exactly what to do if we LEAVE THEM ALONE and just let nature take its course. As you can see I am VERY opinionated on this topic Smile I just feel like Doctors are trying to mess with something that doesn't usually need any help! Ok I will jump off my soapbox now LOL Smile

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I had both my boys at 39 weeks (and a few days give or take). So basically 40 weeks. I was induced a few days early with ds#1 only because my dr. Was leaving for the holiday weekend (memorial day, and wanted to be there). With ds#2 i was induced a few days early because he was measuring big (over 8 lbs at birth), and I was already dialated to 5cm's. So basically my dr said, no need to wait. I expect about the same with this one, 39 weeks.

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Just because 37 weeks is considered 'term' doesn't 100% guarantee that your baby is ready, KWIM? A lot of lung and brain development is still taking place. My last baby was born at 41 and 3 days. I am 100% on board the "Baby will be born when he is ready" camp. Also, inductions come with a lot of risks that don't get discussed. I recommend the movie "Business of Being Born" It discusses a lot of this stuff (You can Netflix it).

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That movie was such an eye opener and a must see.....IMO .
I was induced with DS a few days early for medical reasons and my body wasn't ready. When DS arrived all the nurses said he looked like he was at least a few weeks early. I guess it goes to show that an EDD is really just an estimate

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"MomtoQTs" wrote:

That movie was such an eye opener and a must see.....IMO .
I was induced with DS a few days early for medical reasons and my body wasn't ready. When DS arrived all the nurses said he looked like he was at least a few weeks early. I guess it goes to show that an EDD is really just an estimate

Yep and yep...Your EDD is a guess and your baby probably didn't read the memo that you are expecting him/her on that date.

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I loved the movies The Business of Being Born and Born in America.
Those movies are why I have done so much research on birth and my rights as a mother.
It's why I have such a specific birth plan, why I chose natural birth. Such an eye opener! I can't believe some of the horror stories of birth I have heard. Breaks my heart how much information is hidden from mothers who are pressured into a birth they don't want or are given no options.

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I think any well researched decision a person comes up with is a good one. I just don't consider "My doctor told me..." good research. (AKA, don't blindly decide important stuff based on one opinion)

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Yeah, but a lot of moms and new moms trust the systems laid out in front of them. Most people are brought up to believe and trust your doctor before you trust yourself.
I knew the system was not for me when I knew something was wrong and my doctor told me I must not know my body very well. I diagnosed myself with pre-e 6 weeks before anyone else. And it wasn't even my doctor it was a fellow doctor in the practice who finally listened to me. All the medical intervention could have been avoided for me had someone listened to me and trusted that I knew/know my body well enough to know when something just isn't right.

Sorry for venting lol

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A doctor killed my husband (March '08, medication overdose. Doc said his symptoms were from a stomach issue and not the Methadone). I don't trust doctors.

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[QUOTE=emansmom;8702743. I understand that the last few weeks of pregnancy can be uncomfortable and sometimes not fun but nothing would make me force a baby to come before she is ready unless it was absolutely medically necessary! Our bodies usually know when it is time to have baby, of course there are always some circumstances where that isn't true. But most of the time our bodies know exactly what to do if we LEAVE THEM ALONE and just let nature take its course. As you can see I am VERY opinionated on this topic Smile I just feel like Doctors are trying to mess with something that doesn't usually need any help! Ok I will jump off my soapbox now LOL :)[/QUOTE]

Agreed. I was very happy when my doctors let me go past 40 weeks. It came down to me having a c-sec at 41weeks 3days because he was breech and I still wasn't dilated. Most people seem surprised they let me go that long but, I was glad they gave me the chance.

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"TyrantOfTheWeek" wrote:

Just because 37 weeks is considered 'term' doesn't 100% guarantee that your baby is ready, KWIM? A lot of lung and brain development is still taking place. My last baby was born at 41 and 3 days. I am 100% on board the "Baby will be born when he is ready" camp. Also, inductions come with a lot of risks that don't get discussed. I recommend the movie "Business of Being Born" It discusses a lot of this stuff (You can Netflix it).

Thanks.. Biggrin

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I gave birth to my girls at 36wks Smile

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I had DS at 38 weeks 3 days, but i have a cousin who had her first at 22 weeks and after that she has had her other three at 34 weeks. All four kids are happy and healthy and you would never know they were premies