First baby: When did you go into labor?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: First baby: When did you go into labor?
    Early - before 36 weeks : (4 votes)
    6 %
    36 weeks (up until 36 6/7) : (1 votes)
    2 %
    37 weeks (up until 37 6/7) : (5 votes)
    8 %
    38 weeks (up until 38 6/7) : (6 votes)
    9 %
    39 weeks (up until 39 6/7) : (8 votes)
    13 %
    40 weeks (up until 40 6/7) : (18 votes)
    28 %
    41 weeks (up until 41 6/7) : (9 votes)
    14 %
    After 42 weeks : (2 votes)
    3 %
    I had to be induced/have a scehduled C-section (comment please when and why) : (9 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    9204 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I haven’t had children but my Mum had to be induced with me (first baby) 10/11 days after her due date. So I guess at about 41 weeks or so. I was just too happy and comfortable in there to want to leave!

    Post # 4
    1157 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Jacqui90:  My DD came on her due date. Bright and early in the morning.

    Post # 5
    3009 posts
    Sugar bee

    @ZoeyGirl:  is there a decent hospital nearby? I’m 37w right now and wouldn’t go much farther than an hour away at this point. I’m having nonstop Braxton hicks and generally feel like crap. This is brand new starting 36w 4d. I canceled a work lunch 2 hours from home. I’m pretty active but this week has really kept me home and curled up with the dog. 

    Post # 6
    7185 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I had to be induced at 39+3 because they suspected my waters were leaking and my blood pressure was getting too high. I worked at a job where I stand/bend all day until the day I went to the hospital.

    I personally wouldn’t want to travel in a car for several hours at 37 weeks. I took a trip at 35 weeks, and the car ride was torture. I would say don’t go, unless you really don’t care if you have to give birth at a different hospital.

    Post # 7
    1414 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I know a lot of people who have gone early with their first baby, including my mom who had me at 37 weeks. My maid of honour and a couple other friends gave birth at 37 weeks with their first also.

    DH wanted to go away for Christmas this year but I’ll be 37 weeks and there’s no way I want to be away from home if I go into labour. I’m not sure how far away your family is but DH’s family is an 8 hour drive away and that is just too long IMO! I can barely handle sitting in the car for an hour at this point in my pregnancy.

    Post # 8
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    My daughter was born at 1:08 am on her due date, I went into labor at 11am the day before at 39 weeks 6 days

    Post # 9
    401 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @ZoeyGirl:  My friend is flying long haul >20 hours at 36 weeks. She talked about it with her obs so I guess it’s ok! It’s what you and your doctor are comfortable with!

    Post # 10
    1287 posts
    Bumble bee

    I was induced a week after my due date. I had gestational diabetes, they didn’t want her getting any bigger, even though, she was 7lbs, 5 oz when she was born.  Induced 7:00am on 9/9/02, born 12:40am 9/10/02  


    Post # 11
    1125 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I went into labor 7 days past my dur date and had the baby 2 days later.

    Post # 12
    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    8 days past due but refused to consider induction as long as baby & I were healthy!

    ETA- oops forgot to answer your other question… I stayed as active as possible (walking, swimming, etc) and I worked about 6 days past my due date but I’m not lifting heavy weights or running around at work.  It’s not completely sedentary either, so I’d say moderately active at work.


    Post # 13
    1081 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I was 40 + 4 with DD and only labored for about 7 hours – which was almost identical to my mother’s birth with me.  I would talk to your mom and see how her labor was like.  It might be an indicator as to what you might expect.  

    With that said, I’m not sure how many “several” hours away you will be, but I’d be leary of going further than 2-3 hours away.  Well, let me take that back and say I would bring a packed bag and go no further than 1 hour away because I’m terrified I will have this baby in no time at all.  But that’s just me personally.  🙂

    Also with DD I was active around the house, went walking to try to get labor started every day (plus to stay active) and she stayed put until she was good and ready to come out.  


    Post # 14
    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Commenting to follow. Thanks for posting this topic. Very interesting to read everyone’s stories!

    Post # 15
    4468 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @ZoeyGirl:  DS came naturally right in his due date, so spot on 40 weeks!

    Post # 16
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    @ZoeyGirl:  I went into labor at 41+5, after castor oil and herbal induction. I have no idea how much longer he would have cooked had it not been for giving him that gentle nudge. I was extremely active my entire pregnancy. I was at prenatal yoga 5 times the week I finally had the baby and hiked daily at least a mile and a half.

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