Jump to content

Gestation - first time mums
Are first babies usually late?


  • Please log in to reply
43 replies to this topic

#1 PatG

Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:51 PM

I keep hearing that first babies are usually "late".  Does anyone have a link to an actual study?  Not that I think it matters, I'm just curious.

#2 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

My bub came 3 days before his due date. I was my Mum's first and I was 2 weeks early (though I'm sure that isn't all that common).

Sorry, I don't have a link.

#3 idignantlyright

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:03 PM

1st bub was due on the 12th and even though I went into hospital on the 10th, I had her on the 12th.

#4 Adamira

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:24 PM

No link, but both my kids were late. My sister in law had both of her babies early, just depends on when bubs is ready for their big entrance biggrin.gif

#5 Missy Shelby

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

Not for me my first born was prem...

#6 strawberry blondes

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:28 PM

My first was 5 weeks early, none have mine have gone past 38 weeks.

#7 Nut

Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:58 PM

They say statistically you're more likely to go overdue with #1, but there is (in my opinion) more evidence to suggest that women will follow in the footsteps of their own mother.

#8 PatG

Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:05 PM

QUOTE (Nut @ 20/11/2012, 05:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They say statistically you're more likely to go overdue with #1, but there is (in my opinion) more evidence to suggest that women will follow in the footsteps of their own mother.



But who are they?  I want some hard data!!  original.gif

#9 IsolaBella

Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:09 PM

From a family of 41-42wk PGs

I only made it to 37w5d with #1.

#2 was evicted at same gestation.

#3 was even earlier at 36w3d.



My little sister only made it to 35w5d she had HELLP Eclampsia and bubs had to be removed for both their sakes. She was in ICU for 4 nights herself.



#10 GamerMum

Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:14 PM

I was mum's 1st and came two weeks late. My sister came a week late.

My nephew was two weeks early.

DD came right on her due date.

#11 Furfeathersfleece

Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:18 PM

My first came at 39+1

#12 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:20 PM

Number 1: due 31/12, arrived 10/1
Number 2: due 31/10, arrived 12/11 (c/section as he showed no signs of wanting to get out - I was so over being pregnant )

#13 Stardusties

Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:24 PM

No hard evidence, but Mum had me and both my siblings early. This little terror decided she wanted to try and make an entrance last Saturday at 34+3. She's still happily in there due to drugs to stop labour, but I think sometimes looking at your Mother's experiences can ring true.

#14 TotesFeral

Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:29 PM

My mum went over with me.
DD was 5 days over and DS was evicted at 11 days over.



#15 Lovingcountry

Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:10 PM

Ok... found these ones for you:

Link http://spacefem.com/pregnant/charts/duedate0.php

This one has a graph showing studies of over due pregnancies.

and

Link http://www.inspiredchildbirth.net/overdue-pregnancy.html

"We also know the average length of gestation for a first pregnancy is not 40 weeks like all the due date calculators use, but 41 weeks and 1 day. (This is according to research from the 1990's. The 40-week measure came from data collected in the 1800's and continues to be used in spite of this new finding.)

So what is normal for length of pregnancy and gestation?
Well, we know average is 41 1/7 weeks. We also know that in nature, the normal curve describes the range of normally observed behavior. For pregnancy, the normal range is about 37-43 weeks.

Dr. Bradley likens it to the way apples ripen at different rates on a tree. He warns us not to pick an apple (or baby!) before it's ripe. In fact, many experts are concerned about the large number of mistimed labor inductions in recent years. As a result, more preterm infants are being born, causing increased complications and need for time in the NICU or special care nursery."



#16 Lovingcountry

Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:13 PM

I found one set of stats here: http://answers.google.com/answers/th...id/233200.html taken from a Canadian paper: "Recent Trends in Fetal and Infant Outcomes Following Post-term Pregnancies"

Here are the general stats, too... rather interesting!

Breakdown of full term births by week:

1985-1987
37 weeks - 4.76%
38 weeks - 12.65%
39 weeks - 19.54%
40 weeks - 37.27%
41 weeks - 13.71%
42 weeks - 4.96%
43+ weeks - 0.41%

1992-1993
37 weeks - 5.69%
38 weeks - 14.36%
39 weeks - 21.56%
40 weeks - 32.44%
41 weeks - 14.65%
42 weeks - 3.40%
43+ weeks - 0.13%

Presumably the missing percentage applies to births before 37 weeks.

#17 bakesgirls

Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:17 PM

I am my mums first and was 14 days early. DD1 for me was 9 days early.

#18 Lovingcountry

Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:17 PM

Here's another link specifically for first time v second time mums

http://spacefem.com/pregnant/charts/duedate6.php

Edited by Lovingcountry, 20 November 2012 - 07:19 PM.


#19 PatG

Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:19 PM

Thanks for the links - but is there any evidence that first pregnancies are statistically longer than subsequent ones?  Which seems to be the "everyone knows" fact.

#20 Lovingcountry

Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:25 PM

Hey there!

This is the only link I found that actually addresses the "everyone knows fact" that first time mums came late although I've found nothing conclusive yet.  Good question though!

http://spacefem.com/pregnant/charts/duedate0.php

My first was 15 days over due but these days they won't let you go that long!

#21 Roobear

Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:26 PM

DD - 40+11
DS - 39+6



#22 Lovingcountry

Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:34 PM

OK... I've gotten close now...

"Robert Mittendord of the University of Chicago Medical Center has isolated 16 factors that can influence the accuracy of a predicted due date. Ethnicity may play a role; African-American women, for instance, often have pregnancies that are, on average, three to eight days shorter than those of other women. First-time mothers can almost be counted on to deliver ten days or more after their due date. The length of gestation seems to peak for babies of mothers who are around 29 years of age, so maternal age may be a factor. Caffeine consumption makes pregnancies shorter. Taking The Pill up to two months before conception can cause havoc with due dates. Finally, because biologic variation in fetal size increases throughout gestation, ultrasound dating can be deemed somewhat reliable only in the first trimester."

http://askville.amazon.com/Women-deliver-d...questId=4921630

This page is worth reading.  Basically it says there are elements making it more likely for a women to go o/d but it's simply not an exact science

That's it for me!!  They basically all say the same thing LOL

#23 crackles

Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:11 PM

Both mine were due daters. Who knows when this next one will arrive.
It's not really something u can put statistics to. Babies come when they're ready. It depends on the woman's cycle, their health and all sorts of factors. There's heaps of cases where women are induced/have ceasers just to fit in a ob or whoevers schedule. Obviously there are cases where intervention is necessary :-p but its done more than it needs to be.

#24 Gumbette

Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:51 PM

I was mum's only baby and a month early.

My first baby was 2 weeks early, second baby was right on his due date.

#25 Rainbow Brite

Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:41 PM

DS arrived on his due date and my waters naturally broke that morning.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

An open letter to Tony Abbott: please salvage our super

We face financial ruin, but most of us don?t realise it. If we don?t act together to salvage our superannuation, I have no doubt the new GFC will be the Girls? Financial Crisis.

'I'm happy to know I'm changing lives': surrogate mum of two

I know that once the baby is born, I will focus on the gift I have given, and watch the parents with their new child. I can't wait for that day.

Birth trauma and the issue of informed consent

There is a perception that women should just be happy they have a healthy baby in their arms. But for women who experienced birth trauma, there's a lot more to it.

Tips for managing pollen allergies and hayfever

They're simple tips, but they can have a big impact on those who suffer from hayfever and pollen allergies.

Ada Nicodemou shares tribute to her stillborn baby

Just over one month since Ada Nicodemou and her husband lost their second son, the Home and Away star has shared a touching poem for her baby.

Mum causes stir breastfeeding on train

?To the woman breastfeeding her kid on the train. Seriously! On the train?" began the letter of complaint.

10 things they don?t tell you about being pregnant

As I slowly waddle my ever-changing pregnant body towards the finishing line of my due date, it?s becoming increasingly clear there are a lot of things they just don?t tell you about pregnancy.

Overcoming a fear of the dark

A toddler's fear of the dark is very normal, but there are ways parents can help children through this stage in their development.

Kids, TV and movies: how young is too young?

It seems you don't have to throw the TV and iPad out the window - it all boils down to moderation, supervision and interaction.

Video: Baby's first birthday is a special day for mum, too

?A baby?s first birthday is also mum?s first birthday.?

The day Supernanny came to tea

Prince William's favourite celebrity child trainer Jo Frost puts Bryony Gordon and her toddler through their paces.

Tales from the homefront

When you're at work you sort of assume that your house is basically just sitting there quietly doing nothing until you return. However, since spending my days at home, I've learned this couldn't be further from the truth.

The words I hated hearing as new mum

It was less than a week after my son was born that I first heard it - from my mother.

To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I?m sure you have no recollection of it at all.

Babies may benefit from autism therapy

Children showing signs of autism don't usually receive early intervention until well into toddlerhood or later, but a new study suggests infants with symptoms of the developmental disorder might benefit from therapy from as early as six months.

Knatalye and Adeline born with an everlasting bond

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith are a lot like any other identical twin girls, but there is one dramatic difference: they're joined at the chest and shares several internal organs.

The question this dad wishes he'd asked his wife

I should have seen that my wife wasn't the same person I'd fallen in love with, but we were both too focused on simply trying to get by.

Why we should talk about the deaths of the Hunt children

The deaths are too horrible even to think about. Yet we owe it to the children - Fletcher, Mia and Phoebe Hunt - to think long and hard about it all.

Baby dies of meningococcal weeks after vaccine application denied

A six-month-old girl has died from meningococcal disease just weeks after an application for government funding of a vaccine for the most deadly strain of the virus was rejected.

Finding the right balance when playing with your kids

Being too involved in our children?s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.

Creative DIY light shades

The Pop Light light shade comes in a flat pack already made - it's up to you to design it as you'd like.

The battle of iParenting versus imagination

Have we forgotten how to be imaginative, resourceful parents?

Why movement is so important for your baby's growth

Letting your child move as much as possible in the early years ? using all senses, engaging in the real world, preferably outside ? will help them grow up healthier, smarter, calmer and stronger.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

Losing yourself to motherhood

While watching your baby grow into a unique little person is exciting and wondrous, the intensity of meeting everyone else?s needs can ever so sneakily overtake your own needs for self-care.

Tearing during delivery: the facts

Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

When your baby?s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

One of the most important things a new mum can do

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women?s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

Single, pregnant - and 51

She first became a mum at 49 - now, two years later, Tracey Khan is pregnant with her second child.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Reader offer

2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER

For Shopping, For Advice, For Baby & You. Enjoy a special day out with fabulous shopping from over 200 brands, leading parenting experts offering advice on a range of topics, and amazing children?s entertainment

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.