How many weeks were you when you had baby #1?

posted 3 months ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: How many weeks were you when your first baby was born?
    34 weeks or earlier : (4 votes)
    4 %
    35 weeks : (0 votes)
    36 weeks : (6 votes)
    6 %
    37 weeks : (13 votes)
    13 %
    38 weeks : (18 votes)
    18 %
    39 weeks : (27 votes)
    27 %
    40 weeks : (16 votes)
    16 %
    41 weeks : (15 votes)
    15 %
    42+ weeks : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 2
    3021 posts
    Sugar bee

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    @dianaj17:  If no one in your family went past their due date, that’s a good sign! Genetics okay a large role in when moms go into labor. My mom had to be induced for all 3 of her children, so I knew I would likely be the same. I was scheduled for an induction at 40 weeks + 4 days and my water broke 4 hours before my scheduled admission time. The nurses said it was likely my water broke due to the low pressure conditions from the incoming hurricane. I didn’t progress in my own so had to have the induction anyway. 

    Post # 4
    272 posts
    Helper bee

    My first of four was born at 36 weeks. I had no idea I was in labor, I was just thought something was wrong. I had lain down for a few hours because I was feeling uncomfortable when I decided this wasn’t normal and had to go to the ER.

    It was 10 pm on a Saturday in Philadelphia, and I remember waiting in the ER at UPenn telling the admitting nurses, no, I’m not in labor, I just need to get checked out. There was the usual weekend craziness in the ER and I sat there for an hour or so. I was shocked they admitted me and told me I was going to have to give birth, that the baby was distressed and had the cord wrapped around his neck. They monitored his vitals and I was able to be induced and give birth a few hours later. 6 lb 7 ounces, so a good size and he was only a little jaundiced so no NICU or anything.

    We were so unprepared my husband had to go home and install the car seat and come back. Do not be as dumb as we were! Have everything ready to go and be ready for anything. And trust your instincts, I’m so profoundly thnakful I went to the ER even though I didn’t think I was in labor. I knew something wasn’t right, and thank god I didn’t brush that off because my husband thought we should wait to see our doctor. I can’t imagine what would have happened if we waited.

    Post # 5
    2276 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I went in at 39+2 for my last check and BEGGED for an induction.  Went back that night at 8pm to be induced (BEST DECISION EVER) and baby girl was here 12 hours later.

    My induction was super smooth and honestly enjoyable – they said that it was likely because I was already in active labor and had no idea, LOL.  I thought I just had to poop!  

    By 39+2 I had gained 60lbs, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t walk, and was honestly just in so much pain/uncomfortable.  Also the anxiety of not knowing when spontaneous labor was going to start was getting to me so I decided I would be in a better head space if I felt like I had a little bit of control over the situation.

    I also intended to try to go intervention/med free and ended up begging for an epidural at 4cm.  Also, best decision ever.  I was able to sleep some that night and I was ready to push when I got to 10cm.  And let me tell you, you will NEED energy to push – it’s the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done in my life, and I’ve done some pretty tough workouts.

    Post # 6
    404 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    With my first, my water broke at 37+5. I had him early the next morning. I had no signs of labor until my water broke which isn’t that common apparently. Same with my second. No signs of labor and my water broke when I got up in the morning at exactly 38 weeks. She came 8 hrs later. 

    Post # 7
    879 posts
    Busy bee

    Induced at 41. I knew there was no way I was going to go early.

    Post # 8
    2276 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    @bear123:  My heart goes out to you – I can’t imagine waiting until 41 weeks, my goodnes!!

    Post # 9
    3701 posts
    Sugar bee

    My first was born at 39w on the dot…water broke the night before out of nowhere. I was only 1cm when I got to the hospital and not contracting on my own so they induced me with pitocin. (I’m pretty sure if I’d waited it out at home for awhile labor would have started on its own b/c that is exactly what happened with baby 2, but that’s another story.)

    Baby was measuring a little petite through the later half of my pregnancy and was born 6lb 0oz…a healthy peanut!


    Post # 10
    26 posts
    • Wedding: March 2019

    I was convinced I wouldn’t go into labor on my own and even had an induction scheduled for 41W2D.

    I had my membranes sweeped and went into labor on my own within 36 hours at 39 weeks. 

    Post # 11
    8007 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Water broke at 36+2 (no question of date of conception), baby was 7.5 lbs. I’d also believed the ‘first babies are never early’ bs and was not prepared. Subsequent babies born 2-3 weeks ‘early’ for standard but right on time for them, both larger than the first. 

    Post # 13
    473 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    My daughter came at 38 weeks on her own! A total surprise. She never measured ahead, but I had been having complications with low amniotic fluid, so I wonder if she just thought it better to evict herself!


    edited to add: never had my membranes swept. I was taking evening primrose oil starting at 37 weeks.

    • This reply was modified 3 months ago by sarfin914.
    Post # 14
    2276 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    @dianaj17:  You have the perfect attitude.  Take it as it comes and don’t be disappointed with yourself if you decide to pivot at the end – the decisions you make are going to be the best for you in that moment, as circumstances change and as you continue to take stock of your body.  Have a plan, hope for the best, but flex as needed – you’ll do great!

    They did warn me that when I went in to be induced that it can be a long, miserable process.  They told me to prepare for 24-36 hours, which admittedly would have been miserable.  I was very, very lucky for sure.

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