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

posted 4 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 46
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

40+4 here with my first (or 40+2 if we go by my original EDD but then they revised it based on scans).

 And because everyone shares their difficult labor stories, I wanted to let you know that I loved birth and had a fabulous first birth experience. So don’t believe it that all births (particularly first births) are terrible! Everyone has their own experience and I just hope you get the experience that you want – whatever might be right for you ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck bee!

Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

34 weeks with my son! I’d been at the hospital for a scan the day before my water broke/he was born because I hadn’t felt him move and they said everything looked good and textbook….guess not lol!

Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Great thread! I’m 34 weeks and super curious about this too! I’m already very crampy and pretty much feel exactly the way I do before AF shows constantly at this point so have worried about preterm labor, but my cervix is still high and tight so I have no guess when I’ll go! 

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

My ob told me this week at my 12w visit that if my baby hasn’t come by 39w, he will be inducing me.  He said that ivf pregnancies have a high rate of complications progressing beyond 39w (like placental failure) and he doesn’t like to risk it by waiting to see how things progress naturally.  I’m on board, science in/science out, even though I’ve heard induction suuuuuuuucks

Post # 50
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@anev:  I’ve had two ivf babies and have never heard of needing to be induced just because of ivf – I would question that advice if that is the only reason for induction.

My first came at 37.5 weeks and FAST. The second stinker had to be induced at 41 weeks and, after 45 hours of labor, ended up in a c section anyway. Fast, early, and vaginal was definitely the better delivery experience! 

Post # 51
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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@LilliV:  I’m glad your experience was good, but I’m going to follow my ob when it comes to medical advice.

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee

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@anev:  There was a study that came out a few years ago showing first time moms who get induced at 39 weeks had a lower chance of needing a csection than those who wait to go into labor naturally beyond 39 weeks. Not sure about the IVF factor, but the science is definitely there to support induction! https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/induced-labor-39-weeks-may-reduce-likelihood-c-section-nih-study-suggests

Post # 53
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@anev:  for sure! I’m not a doctor and even if I were I don’t know your medical history. I was just saying that if you were trying to avoid an induction it would be reasonable to ask your on for more info to help you decide. Myself and many of my friends have done ivf and your post was the first I’ve ever heard of suggesting ivf babies need to be induced by 39 weeks. 

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

38 weeks 5 days for my girl. 

Started having contractions after dinner the night of December 30th. Didn’t believe it was actual labor until my contractions app told be to head to the hospital for the 5th time. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

 

Got to the hospital around 10/11. Apparently everyone’s babies wanted to be born before 2020 and there were no beds. They had be waiting in the waiting room because I was a first time mom and didn’t seem like I was in too much pain. My mom showed up and demanded they check me. Finally around 12 am got checked was 6 cm. And then it was a rush to get me into an actual delivery room. Got in there and my epidural got checked again, water broke, and it was time to push. She was born at 3:43 on NYE. 

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It’s totally normal to be scared! I think what kept me sane was going with the doc’s recommendations and accepting that things may not go to plan, and that it’s a limited amount of time – even if it’s rough the time will pass. ๐Ÿ™‚

I made it to 38. I had a cerclage in until week 36 though. We had just decided that a c-section was the safest for baby and I and I had one scheduled for 39 weeks but my water broke the day after that appointment! nothing else noticeable happened. 

Post # 57
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 1999 - Tacoma, WA

Number 1 came at 40 weeks, on her due date. No signs besides spotting from dilating quickly.

Post # 58
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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@ohdarling:  Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰ He’s gorgeous, hope you are all doing well!!!

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