How close to your due date did you go into labour?

posted 6 months ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: I went into labour:
    4+ weeks before my due date : (4 votes)
    7 %
    3 weeks before my due date : (6 votes)
    10 %
    2 weeks before my due date : (10 votes)
    17 %
    Within the week of my due date : (21 votes)
    36 %
    After my due date : (17 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 16
    9138 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I had a hunch LO might be early since there’s a history of preemies in my family. My water broke at 38+3 (zero signs of labor before that) and LO was born 2 days later, so 10 days early. I wish he had stayed put longer, I was having an easy pregnancy and enjoying my time off 😂

    Post # 17
    914 posts
    Busy bee

    I was 4 days early with my first and 10 days late with my second. 

    Post # 18
    981 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    <u>sweetmama :</u>  No one can predict so just plan what you feel is ok and adjust from there.

    My first was born at 29 weeks 5 days after my water broke early. I spent 3 days in the hospital on antibiotics and steroids and they couldnt stop labor. He spent 6 weeks in NICU so i went back to work after 2 weeks and used my maternity leave for when he came home.

    My second was born at 32 weeks. I was on bedrest much of my pregnancy and spent 2 weeks in the hospital. She was healthier and bigger so she only spent 2 weeks in NICU. I was a Stay-At-Home Mom for her so work was not affected.

    Life is what happens while we are making plans!

    A little anxious about TTC #3 this summer but we are keeping our fingers crossed for a later deliver even if it comes with more bedrest/etc during pregnancy. I work from home so that will help in the later months of if I have to be on rest.

    Post # 19
    7857 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I went into labor exactly 1 week before my due date. It was my first baby so I wasn’t expecting to go early, cause people always say it’s more typical to go late with #1. I’d had a few signs like a week prior that made me think it might happen early ,but in the days leading up to the big event I felt 100% normal and was sure I’d go late. Then out of nowhere my water broke at 39 weeks, and she was born 10 hrs later. In fact, a few hrs before my water broke, I even posted on here saying there’d been zero activity lately and I was sure baby would come late lol.

    ETA: This is purely anecdotal, but in my circle of friends almost everyone I know had their 1st baby at least 1 week early. So random.

    Post # 20
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    With both kids, I made it to 39 weeks and 1 day. I went into labor with both in the evening of week 39, and had two c sections on the following day (one emergency, one scheduled). Apparently- that’s my max carry! With this baby, I’m scheduling a c section for week 39 on the nose, first thing in the morning. Trying not to go into labor ever again! 

    Post # 23
    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2017 - France

    2 Weeks and 6 days before my due date. I had spontaneous labor at 37 weeks.

    Post # 24
    3797 posts
    Honey bee

    First time I gave birth on my due date. We joke that my daughter hates to be late. With my son it was two days past the due date. Interestingly they both had the same due date.

    Post # 25
    1963 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    i went into labor 6 days before my expected due date, i took the week before my due date off in order to relax, etc.

    So yeah i was glad i took that week before my due date off, since he came a lot earlier then we expected.

    Post # 26
    466 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I decided to finish work at 37 weeks as every female in my family has delivered before the baby’s due date. Of course, he arrived at 40+4 so I had a month off. I do live in a country with reasonable maternity leave though, so a few weeks off before is pretty standard. Like a PP, I was barely sleeping from about 35 weeks so I was glad not to go in those last few weeks of pregnancy.

    Post # 27
    2523 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Everyone is totally different.  I went into labor ON my due date and she was born the following morning.  The last week especially was super super uncomfortable and it definitely would have been difficult to work (I was off for the summer before she was born as I am on a teacher’s schedule).  However… I would prefer more time WITH my baby and recovering at home than time before, so as long as you aren’t working too far away from home or the hospital or their are other medical concerns, I would work right up to the due date in favor of more time at home with baby.  

    Post # 28
    2542 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I was 8 days past my due date when I was induced. 

    Post # 29
    6945 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    He was 10 days early. My water started leaking around 8pm while out to dinner with Darling Husband and my parents. I was cramping all through dinner and we stood up to leave and I felt a trickle. We went home and I spent the night just waiting for contractions to start but they never did. Called my midwife at 8am the next morning and she told me to go to the hospital. They started induction and he was born via c-section that night.

    I am self employed and work from home, so I was due in my off season. Even still, I always have work to do. If I were you I’d plan on starting maternity leave a week before my due date. That way you’ve got a week to relax and get the last things in order before baby. Unless of course you’re totally prepared and not interested in having solo time, then I’d just work up to your due date. 

    Post # 30
    481 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2019

    My water broke right on my due date! And she was born the same day as well as it happened in the middle of the night. 

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