Post # 17
I actually disagree. As a NICU nurse, I have seen a lot of things go wrong with post dates babies so I would never want to “over cook”.
Post # 18
You should see how happy, healthy, strong and beautiful my overcooked baby is. I firmly believe that babies will come when they are ready and I’m really glad that doctors are being discouraged from performing inductions.
Post # 19
My water broke 7 days past my due date, I was induced 8 days past due date and baby came out via c section 9 days past due date.
Post # 20
I’m not saying all babies who go post dates have issues. I’m just saying that it has it’s own associated risks so I disagree with the statement that the longer you go, the better. And when I say “overcook”, I’m talking about greater than 42 weeks. In fact I know a lot of doctors are now not letting women go past 41 weeks because of all the risks.
But I know that has it’s own problems too because I have heard of a lot of women having dissatisfied birth stories because they felt pressured into interventions they felt that they didn’t need. There are two sides to everything I guess.
Post # 21
This is true. If you go past your due date, they will usually do a non-stress test to see how the baby is doing, see if the baby is truly post-term and measure the amniotic fluid. The due date is really just an estimate anyway so most of the time you are not even past due. It is important to ask that these tests be done first before being pushed into induction. They do not recommend going over 42 weeks though. It can become an issue if a baby is “overcooked” when it leads to serious health risks for the baby: risks of pneumonia from meconium aspiration, lack of oxygen due to compression on the umbilical cord, and macrosomia which leads to a difficult vaginal delivery. Lucky for me, all I had to deal with was some flakey skin that went away after a few weeks with the help of a ton of lotion! So you are right, it is not always a good thing.
Post # 22
my three day late baby spent three days in nicu because the hospital sent me home 3 days earlier saying my water didnt break when it reality it did… stupid nurse. he had no amniotic fluid protecting him when he did come and had a lung infection.
Post # 23
My due date was Sept. 28, I got my first contraction Sept. 30th at 6 am, and DD was born Oct. 1st at 11:47 PM 🙂 I was so glad I didn’t have to be induced. My pain tolerance is much to low for that! Congratulations by the way, you’re in the home stretch!
Post # 24
I was 3 weeks early. It must be so frustrating being overdue.
Post # 25
My boys were exactly 2 months early. They were due in November and born in September. Then, spent 39 days in the NICU, but were healthy overall considering they survived TTTS.
Post # 26
My son was born 7 weeks early. So I was at 32 almost 33 weeks when he was born. He was supposed to be a Nov baby but turned out to be a Sept baby. We spent 4 weeks in the NICU.
Post # 27
@sailor: My girl was born four weeks early :)…but then my and husband and I walked a lot together..I reall ythink that bought her on…..I’ve heard sex works too 🙂
Post # 28
@sailor: I haven’t had a baby but the poll results shocked me, almost everyone I know has been more than a week late with their first and many induced! Hoping your LO comes soo. And you have an “easy” birth!