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Let’s talk due dates, they are bogus, let me explain why. They are a mathematical equation and the equation doesn’t take into account your menstrual cycle, when you ovulated, when you conceived. The window of gestation is a wide window, you are technically “full term” and can have your baby any time between 265 days and 300 days. That is a 35 day window! (280 days = 40 weeks)
Here is the equation: subtract 265 from 300 = 35 days. Divide the 35 by two = 17.5 days; add 17.5 to 265= 285.5 days. Divide by 7 days in the week= 41.3 weeks for first time moms.
The fact that you are given a one day due date when you could have your baby anytime in over a month makes it a complete mind game. Technically full gestation is up to 42 weeks. You may have noticed that the two weeks before you conceive is considered the first two weeks of your pregnancy…when you aren’t actually pregnant yet. So when your due date comes and goes you are actually not “overdue” until after you are 42 weeks.
So instead of thinking of your due date as October 14th tell yourself and those around you that you are due the middle of October. That way when October 14th comes around and you are still pregnant you won’t become depressed and eat all the ice cream and chocolate because you should have had your baby by now. It also makes it so you avoid ALL the phone calls from well meaning mothers, aunts, friends, and co-workers making comments that they can’t believe you are still pregnant!?
The reason WHY the window of gestation is so large is because every baby grows and develops at their own pace. I know of babies who were induced at 40 weeks and came out at a low birth weight and their fontanel measurements showed the baby was not fully developed. That means they were premature, which required those babies to be cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. For every day a baby is inside the womb it’s the equivalent of 3 days outside the womb. Labor is spontaneously initiated when mom is ready (mentally, emotionally, physically) she releases a hormone, and when the baby is ready (physically, mentally, emotionally, developmentally) the baby releases a hormone and those two hormones together will start labor. The absolute best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is BE PATIENT!
However, I haven’t actually taken a poll, but I’m pretty confident in saying that once a woman hits 36 weeks gestation she is over being pregnant. Feeling large, uncomfortable, tired, etc. etc. gets pretty old and most of us are very ready for that baby to be out of us so we can snuggle and smooch those tiny baby cheeks.
So, when will you go into labor? The best way to know when labor will happen or if any sort of induction (artificial induction like Pitocin or natural induction like nipple stimulation) will work is assessing your Bishop Score. Never heard of it? Check it out here.
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Education is KEY to setting yourself up for your best possible birth. Knowing your options and how to advocate for yourself makes a huge difference.
With the main reason people develop hemorrhoids is from pressure in the bottom, it seems unlikely many women will experience pregnancy and birth unscathed.