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What did you try to stop your baby coming early

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#1 danXO

Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:08 AM

I know most people what their bubs to come early, but has anyone wanted their baby to come on or after their due date? What did you try or do to prevent your baby from coming early! I know bubs will come when it wants to & as long as it's healthy etc but I just wanted to ask the question!! biggrin.gif

#2 Red nut

Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:46 AM

I would love bubs to come exactly on the due date, thank you! too much to do before then. Will be stalking.......

#3 MintyBiscuit

Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:47 AM

Cross your legs?

DS was due on the 22nd, and I was hoping he'd arrive on the 19th so he, DH and I would all have 19th birthdays laughing2.gif
He eventually arrived five days late, so maybe reverse psychology?

#4 Fanny McPhail

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:00 AM

I had a midwife who told me that you could tell your body/baby what you expected of it. She advised our antenatel class to inform our bodies/babies what we wanted in an assertive voice.

"you will arrive on your due date after a six hour labour"

I was willing to give anything a go and I think I informed my baby that he would arrive before his due date and my body got told 6 hours.

I got the six hour labour and my first was 10 days early. I obviously didn't think this would work as I had no bedding or nb clothes for him by the time he arrived.

It still sounds like hocus pocus to me but hey no harm in trying.

#5 nen-c

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:09 AM

Well for me I was confident my first would be late - usual story for first babies right??? Wrong - came on due date. Then for the second I was sure she would be early - had strong braxton hicks for a month before. Little bugger had to be induced at 40+11. So in my case all the usual "labour starting" techniques - curries, sex, acupuncture, long walks, trampolining seemed useful only in prolonging the pregnancy!! Good luck.

#6 Nut

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:38 AM

Both of my babies arrived spot on their due date. I put that down to having punctual babies or very efficient pregnancies. First labour was 7 hours, second was 2.5.

I did nothing and I honestly believe you do not have any control over things like that. Even all the things you can do to try and make your baby arrive at a specific time I do not believe are effective. You can speed up the process a bit if it's already started but otherwise I think it's all just things people try with hope.

#7 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:48 AM

DH has just been put into lockdown training at work - no one can enter or leave for 4 hours - surely that is enough to induce my labour   biggrin.gif

#8 tenar

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:55 AM

I am sure that DD2 was so late because I was so stressed by my mum being in hospital and the prospect of having the baby and mum not being able to look after DD1 or be there to see the new bub.  

If there is stuff going on that means you are not ready for baby to arrive, I believe that your body will resist going into labour.

#9 boatiebabe

Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:10 AM

My first (DD) was four days past her due date.

I just decided in my head I wanted to have her on a Sunday. Woke up to contractions on Sunday morning and after a textbook 10 hour labour she was in my arms.

With my second - he was due on (Friday) June 30 but I was hoping to go over so that I could get the extra $1000 for the Baby Bonus. My waters broke on the 1st of July (Saturday) but I didn't go into labor until the next day when my parents arrived to look after DD. We had other people ready to look after DD that night but she got a massive case of gastro that night and I didn't really want to foist a sick DD onto my friends who all had little ones - so I had to wait until mum and dad could drive up the next day. And I also wanted to have him on a Sunday.

A couple of hours after they arrived I went into labor and was holding my DS after a 1 hour labor on a Sunday night!


Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:15 AM

I don't think there is anything you can do.
DD1 arrived at 38+6 weeks and DD2 arrived at 39 weeks. They come when they are good and ready laugh.gif

#11 Bluenomi

Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:41 AM

When I got my due dates of 29 March (LMP) and 31 March (early scan) my first thought was 'Great, I'll be lucky enough to have an April Fools baby'  wink.gif  and I was.

Turns out she knew better than me since 31 March is her daycare centre's cut off so it means she scraps in by a day for another year there!

#12 danXO

Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:29 PM

Thanks for the great replies...I must say I do talk to bubs about not coming early!! I guess I just have to wait & see when bub wants to arrive!!

#13 Natttmumm

Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:33 PM

Not much you can do but try positive thinking.

Good luck with that one

#14 ~shannon~

Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

Hope! That's all you can do!

My first arrived at 38 weeks - not happy Jan as I wanted at least one more week of relaxing (pedicures, long baths, sleeping in, etc).
My second came along at 39 weeks but was an elective caesar so no idea when she would have arrived naturally.
My third is a planned VBAC, and I'm truly hoping she will come on the due date. Crossing fingers (and legs!).

#15 Oma Desala

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:03 PM

QUOTE (Chief Pancake Make @ 20/11/2012, 09:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DH has just been put into lockdown training at work - no one can enter or leave for 4 hours - surely that is enough to induce my labour   biggrin.gif
My first thought - I sure as heck hope not. DH is currently at sea and doesn't get back till 5 December (due 22 December). Bub needs to hold in till DH gets home - he's so excited about the birth and being able to catch the baby. I'd really hate for him to miss it.

OP - any time from 37+5 will be fine. Would be nice if bub came before Xmas so we could get Santa photos done too  tongue.gif

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