Did you make it to 40 weeks with your first baby?

posted 4 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
421 posts
Helper bee

Almost 42 weeks here. She came really fast when it happened ( natural and 6 hour labor from start to finish) my water broke and then it happened. Actually before I really knew what was happening.  I can say I was really prepared for my birth but the one thing I didn’t know and hadn’t been told even through research and friends/books/classes ect  was how swollen my lady parts were after. 

it’s easy to say ” well of course you will be swollen” but it really never came up haha. 

When I stood up from the bed ( midwife) I thought she had put a towel in between my legs while I walked to the bathroom. Nope.  Found that out when I went to remove it. 😂

that’s the one thing I wish I had known that I didn’t know.  It wasn’t a big deal, just in the moment I was caught off guard annd now I remember it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Post # 17
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I went into labor 3 days before my due date. 40 hours later (whew) the little man finally appeared.

To me, early labor felt like PMS cramps. I tend to get back cramps, and sure enough, it was back cramps and then a lot of back labor. Blargh. I woke up at 1 am with cramps, got up at 6 am cause I was t sleeping, went to work all day on a Sunday trying to finish my work before maternity leave lolol (a decent distraction from the contractions!), went home at 5, went to the hospital at 7:30 (5 cm dilated), and didn’t have him til 4:30 on the next day. 

You got this! Remember, no shame in an epidural. No trophies for painful deliveries. 

Post # 18
1291 posts
Bumble bee

I just felt like I wasn’t going to make it to 40 weeks. It’s not based on science or medicine but I just knew that there was no way I was making it to 40 weeks. I had my son at 37+3 which is actually earlier than I even expected. 

I had absolutely no signs of labor before it happened. I lost my mucus plug that morning and started having mild contractions not long after. My whole labor was 5 hours from start to finish. So my husband and I were definitely caught by surprise lol. 

I definitely believe in listening to intuition. 

Post # 19
4114 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You’re farther along now than I was with either of mine. My water broke with my first at 36+4 and my second came exactly at 38 weeks. Both perfectly healthy. My OB jokes that I just grow babies fast 🤣

Post # 20
782 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My first was an induction at 39+1 and born 39+2, so I don’t know when he would have come on his own. I was about 2cm dilated before induction and had nothing I would have counted as signs of impending labour, so I’m guessing a while (My mom was >2 weeks over with me). But then my second came on her own at 38+6, which surprised me a lot. About 3 days before labour started, I was outrageously tired and kind of nauseous and thought maybe labour was starting then. But then was totally fine for the next 2.5 days, besides feeling like I should get last things done (but I was hoping to get a membrane sweep done at 39 weeks so I was hoping to not get another weekend anyway haha). When labour started it was after a totally normal day, just realized about 8 pm that I had had a few cramps in a row

Post # 21
357 posts
Helper bee

I had a c section at 38 weeks not by choice for having a massive baby. He had macrosomia and was a whopper. 

Post # 22
34 posts

First one- 39 weeks 3 days

second one- 40 weeks exact, came on his due date 

Post # 23
1750 posts
Buzzing bee

I went into labour with my first late night at 40 + 2 and she was born 40 + 4. I lost a bit of my mucous plug in the days leading up, probably from the membrane sweep, and had braxton hicks. My second came at exactly 40 weeks on her due date 🙂 no braxton hicks, had some minor spotting again from the sweep. 

I agree with PP that I had somewhat of an idea how labour might be (although it’s entirely different to experience it haha), but nobody really talks about after and how sore you can be. 

Post # 24
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I’m currently pregnant with my first and am 41 weeks! I’ve had signs of early labour for a couple weeks but it never progresses. I’m being induced tomorrow at 41+1. 

Post # 25
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I had zero signs of labour, worked until 39 weeks as a physio (Aka tons of walking around the hospital, still doing full treatments). Second day of mat leave (took the week off before my due date), I went to have a massage and joked to the RMT to “feel free to hit all the pressure points!”…jokes on me, started having mild contractions 2 hours later 😂. That was at 39+4. However, I never progressed past 4-5cm, despite pitocin and then breaking my water. After 39 hours and a few heartrate decels, I asked for a c-section. Baby came out suuuper cone-headed despite me never having gotten to the pushing stage, so I think she was stuck somewhere in my pelvis. 
long story short, had zero signs of labour (was feeling really good actually!), no nesting instincts, had a pedicure planned with my friend the following day…went into labour at 39+4, and she was born at 39+6

Post # 26
710 posts
Busy bee

Nope made it to 29 with mine came within an hour of waters breaking in the ambulance 

Post # 27
7176 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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@ohdarling:  I made it to 38+3 weeks with my first. I woke up one morning, lost mucus plug, and immediately had period-like cramping… Which I now know was early labor contractions. I wasn’t sure I was in labor for awhile. I thought the cramping would stop… It didn’t. The contractions, even mild ones, started 3-5 minutes apart for me.

My second came at 37+5. My water broke with her… More of a trickle than a burst.

Post # 28
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

First baby held on for almost 42 weeks! I refused induction and went into labor on my own. From beginning twinge to pushing was only six hours. My midwife was shocked but he was a healthy 8lb 9oz. He just turned 18 last week 🥰

Post # 29
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

My first was born at 40+4. At my last prenatal appointment at 39+3 my dr was pretty sure I would be having the baby in the next couple days, since my son was suuuuper low and my cervix was basically thinned out to nothing. Then I got really sick the next day and all the contractions I had been having stopped. I had been having contractions since 10 weeks along so it was really noticeable. I was sick for a whole week and I was so annoyed because I was 100% sure it was stopping me from having the baby and also that as soon as I started to feel better I would go into labour and then I would be exhausted from being sick and having a baby. That’s exactly what ended up happening! It was Monday evening I started to feel well enough to eat supper, Tuesday morning I lost the mucus plug, and Tuesday night my son was born. I’m curious to see what happens this time (currently pregnant). My husband and all his siblings were at least 3 weeks early, and me and all 8 of my siblings were born on our actual due dates.

Post # 30
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I had my daughter exactly on her due date. I didn’t have any signs until my water broke in the middle of the night! 

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