Post # 1
I’m planning on visiting relatives for Christmas, which will mean being several hours from home when I’m about 37 weeks pregnant. Yes, it might be silly, but the odds of me, as a first-time mom, going into labor at 37 weeks are low. 90% of people deliver within two weeks of their due dates. And I’d hate to be sitting at home, missing time with my family, and then not going into labor. We’re packing supplies, and we plan to hop in the car if anything seems amiss, but this is our plan.
My question is, with your first baby, when did you go into labor? ALSO, how active were you? I work about 70 hours a week, a lot on my feet, and I think that may push me toward the earlier side of things.
Post # 3
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
@Jacqui90: My DD came on her due date. Bright and early in the morning.
Post # 5
@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
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
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
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
@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
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
I went into labor 7 days past my dur date and had the baby 2 days later.
Post # 12
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
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
Commenting to follow. Thanks for posting this topic. Very interesting to read everyone’s stories!
Post # 15
@ZoeyGirl: DS came naturally right in his due date, so spot on 40 weeks!
Post # 16
@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.