How far along where you when you had your first?

(226 Posts)
ccsays Mon 07-Oct-13 10:51:17

I'm 29+3 with my first child and keep getting told I'm more likely to go overdue. I'd rather not, as I'd really prefer not to be induced. I was just wondering what sorts of stages people on here were at when they went into labour with their first?

ccsays Mon 07-Oct-13 11:06:08

How far along were you, even blush

emsyj Mon 07-Oct-13 11:07:20

37+1 with DD1
40+2 with DD2

Brandnewmamma Mon 07-Oct-13 11:12:24

41 weeks exactly

TheFabulousIdiot Mon 07-Oct-13 11:12:55

41 +3 I think - or 4?

40+11 and was induced.

moogalicious Mon 07-Oct-13 11:15:46

40 + 10 (I think). The day before I was due to be induced.

Poosnu Mon 07-Oct-13 11:43:25

40 + 5

ThedementedPenguin Mon 07-Oct-13 11:46:11

40+11 and was induced.

Honestly I was scared about induction, however my experience was very positive. Not all inductions are awful.


TeaAndCakeOrDeath Mon 07-Oct-13 11:49:50

Induced at 40 weeks, born at 40+1 (well an hour and a half into the day so just fashionably late really!)

Induction was great...

Bloodsocks Mon 07-Oct-13 11:51:23

40+11, 2 days before my booked induction.

Locketjuice Mon 07-Oct-13 11:51:29

40+4 ds
40+1 dd

therumoursaretrue Mon 07-Oct-13 12:04:34

37+6 I was supposed to be induced anytime from 37 weeks for medical reasons but they kept putting it off as told me I would go overdue and of course I didn't!

ConfusedandDazed24 Mon 07-Oct-13 12:05:57

39+1. All of my friends have been overdue and needed to be induced so all along I figured that one of us would buck the trend!

phantomhairpuller Mon 07-Oct-13 12:06:49

39+2 with ds1
40+11 with ds2

Sunnysummer Mon 07-Oct-13 12:07:49

37 weeks by official dates, just over 36 by ovulation testing and scan dates (as the difference was only a week they said not to change the official date). Everyone said first borns come late, plus I was measuring small and felt great - so hadn't started maternity leave and was totally unprepared!

elcranko Mon 07-Oct-13 12:23:46

40+12 (induced)

ThePequod Mon 07-Oct-13 12:29:26

I was the magic 40+0! DH and I are both very punctual so we were pleased that LO was following in our footsteps from such an early age grin

milk Mon 07-Oct-13 12:32:20


Contractions started on Wednesday (39+5), around 1 in every 30-60 minutes. Then on Friday (40 weeks) (contractions every 10 minutes at this point) I felt like something was seriously wrong as I wasn't feeling well, the midwives did a urine test and I had 4+signs of protein. Was rushed straight to hospital, where they saw I was 4cm dilated and having contractions every 5 minutes. They said as long as I was monitored, I could still have a normal delivery. DS1 was born the next day (40+1) at 19:10 smile


From approx the beginning of week 39 I was having really bad headaches. Went in on the Saturday (39+4) and was given a blood test and urine test. Both found protein. Went back in on the Monday (39+6), had the same test again, and found twice as much protein. Was admitted to hospital to be induced. I was meant to be induced on Tuesday (Due date), except the labour ward was too busy. I also started having contractions on the Tuesday- about one every few hours. Wednesday comes (40+1), the labour ward is still too busy and my contractions are every hour. They are monitoring me and say my condition is still stable. That afternoon at 5pm they say I can now be induced- contractions are every 30 minutes. Before being induced (by braking my waters) they tell me I am already 4cm dilated smile They brake my waters at 6pm, and DS2 was born naturally at 02:01 on Thursday (40+2)

For both labours, I was only on gas and air until 10cm. I was standing up and walking around most of the time. When it was time to push with both babies they said my contractions were not fast enough so I had to have an epidural and a drip sad

MadBannersAndCopPorn Mon 07-Oct-13 12:33:16

39+4 DD1

PicnicPie Mon 07-Oct-13 12:33:51


MakeHayIsAWhaleNow Mon 07-Oct-13 12:39:40

40+13 with dd
40+15 with ds - induced (and both emcs).

Wouldn't recommend going to late, especially given that I was having evening contractions for a week before ds and therefore going slightly mad... My mindset is focused on going 2 weeks over with this one as clearly I cook 'em well! (Although The Vbac Discussion is still to be had).

SaltySeaBird Mon 07-Oct-13 12:47:57

Induced at 39+1 (diabetic), arrived at 39+4. It was a long labour.

nappyaddict Mon 07-Oct-13 12:48:33

38+1. I lost my hind waters a few days before so they induced me.

Squitten Mon 07-Oct-13 12:52:08

DC1 - 41wks exactly: undiagnosed breech so that could have slowed things down a bit!

DC2 - 40wks exactly

Average for first labour is 40+3. That doesn't count as overdue, medically. "Post-mature" is 42w+.

DC1, waters broke at 40+4, induced at 40+5, born at 40+6.
DC2, due date.
DC3 --- tbc. He'll be "on time" from Sunday.

41 weeks exactly after a failed sweep at 40+1

sheeplikessleep Mon 07-Oct-13 13:41:33

37 for ds1
37+2 for ds2
39+2 for ds3

Readynow Mon 07-Oct-13 13:42:13

I was 40 + 14 & was induced. I had a very positive experience though! smile

Mondayschild78 Mon 07-Oct-13 13:46:41

DS was 40 weeks bang on time. Hoping DC2 will be too...

Badgerwife Mon 07-Oct-13 13:47:41

DD1: waters broke at 39+6 - induced at 40 weeks; gave birth 40+1
DD2: labour started naturally at 40 weeks - gave birth 40+1

shellandkai Mon 07-Oct-13 13:47:59

I was 40+10 with my ds this time around i'm so far 39+4 so this is still to be discussed hoping and praying it's the next few days though as these hormones crying for no reason, shouting at everyone for tiny reasons and next minute happiest person in the world are driving me CRAZY grin lol x

Essexgirlupnorth Mon 07-Oct-13 13:48:54

Went into labour on my due date and she was born at 40+2

emark Mon 07-Oct-13 13:48:55

Ds1 40+4
Dd1 37+6
Dd2 40 +4 hours
Ds2 40 + 3

All spontaneous labour 13 1/2 hrs, 8 1/2 hrs, 4hrs and 2 1/2 hrs respectively.

Badgerwife Mon 07-Oct-13 13:49:13

I don't see how you can predict whether you're going to be overdue at all by the way, despite what you've been told. I've heard it said that it is 'more likely' that a first baby will be late but it's hardly an exact science.

midwifeandmum Mon 07-Oct-13 13:53:13

Dd1 39+5
Dd2 34 emer section due to haemorrhage from grade 4 placenta praevia

Dont worry about being over due. Who told u that ur likely to go overdue? Noone can tell that early on if ur gonni be overdue.

OhBabyLilyMunster Mon 07-Oct-13 13:56:11

I was told that the forty weeks is based on a 28 day cycle, so if you are a 31 day kinda girl you will have longer pregnancies.

Dd 1 - 38wks
Ds1 - 40 weeks
Ds2 - 41+6

Perhaps worth noting that by the time i had my last baby, my cycle had stretched out to 33 days. First baby it was 28 days.

LegoCaltrops Mon 07-Oct-13 13:59:08

I was 40+2 when labour started. DD was born the next day.

midwifeandmum Mon 07-Oct-13 14:01:36

Ive never her of longer cycles having longer pregnancies. Im a 31 day cycle and had dd1 @ 39+5

mumofone25 Mon 07-Oct-13 14:06:44

39+4 with DD.

AidanTheRevengeNinja Mon 07-Oct-13 14:11:20

36+1. Waters went spontaneously at 5am, DS born by 7pm. No particular reason.

I always smile wryly when I hear people talk about first babies always being late grin

IndecisivePramBuyer81 Mon 07-Oct-13 14:14:32

39 + 2. I hated being pregnant and tried every home remedy I could find to get him out asap! when he then obligingly arrived 5 before his due date I felt guilty as hell for evicting him early! hmm

ShadeofViolet Mon 07-Oct-13 14:20:19

39+3 with DS1
40+5 with DS2
39+3 with DD.

Ds was born at 32 weeks exactly. Had stuff to stop him at 28 weeks and at 31+6 but that didn't work as I was already 3cm dilated. I had irregular "tightenings" for most of my pregnancy and bump dropped and back pressure started a week before labour

DD1 arrived at 35 weeks exactly.

DD2 39 weeks exactly.

DD3 39+5.

losersaywhat Mon 07-Oct-13 14:25:52

40 wks exactly with dc1. Waters went at 5.30am, born at 12.30pm

39 wks with dc2 a couple of twinges then waters broke t 4 pm and dc2 born at 4.40ish, no one looked t the clock so don't have an exact time.

40+4 with dc3. Waters broke to induce labour at 11.50pm and he was born at 12.15am. Midwife was convinced the baby would come early but he had other ideas lol, the only reason I was in to get induced was cos my blood pressure had gone a bit mad at my check up the day before. It had settled down by the time my waters were broken.

cece Mon 07-Oct-13 14:26:25

42 weeks after being induced.

littone Mon 07-Oct-13 14:26:30

40+10, labour started spontaneously

ringaringarosy Mon 07-Oct-13 14:31:54

i was 43 weeks,wasnt induced,you dont have to be its up to you.

TheLadyVie Mon 07-Oct-13 14:36:48

39+6 with eldest, 39+3 with youngest.

Mumelie Mon 07-Oct-13 14:37:19

DD started bang on 40 weeks - born at 40+3 wink very very long labour

MinesAPintOfTea Mon 07-Oct-13 14:40:22

42+1. I'd started the induction process 3 days earlier. instrumental birth but could have been worse.

plentyofsoap Mon 07-Oct-13 14:44:02


Liveinthepresent Mon 07-Oct-13 14:44:17

40 + 1 DC1
39 + 5 DC2

JRmumma Mon 07-Oct-13 14:45:46


Katienana Mon 07-Oct-13 14:46:01

40+4. DS was born the next day weighing 10lb 9.5oz!

Thurlow Mon 07-Oct-13 14:48:04

Started at 40+6, had DD at 40+9

Jeezimacasalinga Mon 07-Oct-13 15:02:00

39 + 2 (waters broke at 39 thought). 38 exactly with the next 2. Most other people I know do go over 40 weeks though, esp with their first...

ziggiestardust Mon 07-Oct-13 15:03:54

I was 40+1 and visited the MW for a routine appointment. She asked me if I'd like a stretch and sweep, which I agreed to, but when she 'got there' for want of a better phrase, she told me to go home and rest because I was already 2-3cms dilated and DS was on his merry way.

I went into full labour the next day, and was holding him by tea time smile for a first time labour, it was all very fast as well. Take on board the stories on here of first time labours, but don't assume that'll be you. It took me 5 hrs 8 mins beginning to end.

40+11 spontaneous

spiderlight Mon 07-Oct-13 15:19:30

36+3. The previous day I had been assured by three separate people that I was 'still carrying high' and had 'ages to go yet'.

Lweji Mon 07-Oct-13 15:24:07

41 weeks, the very early morning/late night before the appointment to evaluate my options.

fuckwittery Mon 07-Oct-13 15:33:23

40+10 dd1
40+18 dd2

Currently 37+2 with dc3 and really would like it to be my turn to be early.....

Out of 5 of us in my prenatal yoga class, 2 still not due, 1 gave birth at 36wks, one at 37wks, one hasn't given birth yet at 40+2....

mrscog Mon 07-Oct-13 15:43:47

Went in to labour 39+5, born 11 hours later at 39+6 which happened to be the date my M/L started after maximising annual leave for the 6 weeks before. I was VERY happy with DS smile

BeCool Mon 07-Oct-13 15:50:40

10 days "overdue".

LookingForBlueSky Mon 07-Oct-13 15:55:37

Waters went on all three: at 38 + 1 on DD1, at 26 + 5 on DD2, and at 38 + 5 on DS1. Never had to wait anyway..

DanielMcSpaniel Mon 07-Oct-13 16:05:21

40+9 and 40+6

HollyBen Mon 07-Oct-13 16:26:08

40+11. Was due to be induced at 40+12 which I agreed to as Inwas not very mobile due to bloating. You don't have to be induced through. One of my friends went to 40+15. Her midwife was supportive for her refusing to be induced though she was very closely monitored

KirjavaTheCorpse Mon 07-Oct-13 16:44:27

40 weeks. My waters broke at 5am on my due date.

elliejjtiny Mon 07-Oct-13 16:47:51

DS1 - 40+11
DS2 - 40+6
DS3 - 40+2

all natural labours although with DS2 and DS3 waters broke a few days before labour started.

Then with DS4 my waters broke at 35+1. No labour and baby was free and in an unstable lie so I had a C-section at 35+3

working9while5 Mon 07-Oct-13 16:48:26

40 + 14. Was 40 + 9 on second.

DS1 40+15 induced - was absolutely fine smile
DS2 31+3 emCS due to placenta praevia
DS3 40+10
DS4 bang on due date grin

Some people cook them longer - I think I may be one of them (when blasted PP does not get in the way...)

Don't fret, OP.
Even if you go 'over', you don't have to agree to induction.
Bet get all the info to be able to make an informed decision.

oscarwilde Mon 07-Oct-13 17:00:02

39 weeks and 37 weeks on the nose. Looooonnng family history of everyone going 2 weeks overdue and having inductions so it was a surprise both times. Waters broke spontaneously. Baby was not engaged either time

Had induction drugs half way through labour with DC1 as dilation was not progressing despite strong contractions. The thing I didn't appreciate is that you can have a low dosage via a drip, and then it can be gradually increased if necessary. It's not simply a case of 0-100mph in one go. Midwife did recommend pain relief nonetheless and I had an epidural.

You can be induced via a gel/pessary I believe but I am not sure of the specifics which makes it more difficult to control the speed of the labour. Worth investigating it all with your midwife before someone asks you when it has all kicked off and you can't remember the ramifications of each drug choice

SevenOnwardsAndUpwards Mon 07-Oct-13 17:06:40

35+5 with DS
35+6 with DD1
35+4 with DD2

My body has clearly had enough when I get to 8 months confused

ditsygem Mon 07-Oct-13 17:28:01

40+1, infact I went into labour at 5am the morning after my due date. arrived at 40+3 (a long labour!)
If you don't want to be induced you don't have to let them no matter how far over you are - it's your body and your choice!

LadySnapcase Mon 07-Oct-13 17:41:59

37+1. In retrospect I think my body decided it was getting a bit risky to keep him in, my bp was climbing daily and various bits of me were horribly swollen. It was a 16 hour labour; would have been quicker but DS was back to back and stubborn, and needed a ventouse in the end...

IShallCallYouSquishy Mon 07-Oct-13 17:43:49

38+6 with DD

Hoping DC2 will be just as considerate smile

binger Mon 07-Oct-13 17:45:48

40+10 I refused induction and was advised I could go for daily monitoring instead. Dd arrived at the 10 day cut off, I was due to start monitoring the next day.

AmethystMoon Mon 07-Oct-13 17:53:42

Well 4 days early so I think it that. Rather embarrassed to admit I can't recall if full term is 39 or 40 weeks?! See that's what a toddler does to your brain grin

Induced 37+6 , DD was born at 38 weeks. I'd believed all the 'you'll go overdue' stuff so hadn't even finished work at that point!

Thewhitelady Mon 07-Oct-13 17:57:15

37+2, dd could not wait.

40 weeks exactly.

Aquilla Mon 07-Oct-13 18:00:59

40+1 and only by 4 hours! My waters broke at 7pm on my due date and no one was more surprised than me. Simply because all my friends had gone over. I Recommend scrubbing the kitchen floor, spending lots of time reading on the loo and of course a couple of orgasms for good measure. wink

hyperspacebug Mon 07-Oct-13 18:01:37

39+5. Like you I expected to be really overdue so going into labour has really caught me by surprise. I didn't reach the 'fed-up' level.

With second it was even worse, 38+6.

WandaDoff Mon 07-Oct-13 18:02:14

DS1 was born on his due date
DS2 at 39+4
DD on her due date.

ShoeWhore Mon 07-Oct-13 18:08:29

38 weeks
39 weeks
37 weeks

24wks. Lung and heart problem, but DD was very lucky/we were very lucky.

ep1977 Mon 07-Oct-13 18:22:47

week 33, you hold on in there. xxx

morethanpotatoprints Mon 07-Oct-13 18:23:32

39 weeks
34 weeks
36 weeks

WoTmania Mon 07-Oct-13 18:26:32

42weeks (went over with all of mine but DS1 the most)

neolara Mon 07-Oct-13 18:27:47

37 + 3

ItsOkayItsJustMyBreath Mon 07-Oct-13 18:47:22

DS 38 weeks (+3 days of labour hmm)

Pandsbear Mon 07-Oct-13 18:47:27

38+5 induced with DTs. Labour was under 6 hours all in. I would have hung on and not been induced with hindsight but it was my first pregnancy and didn't know what to expect so I went with the drs suggestion as I was really uncomfortable. I would have lasted a few more days I think, and the babies were fine.

beginnings Mon 07-Oct-13 18:49:45

41 weeks with DD1
40+3 weeks with DD2

28 weeks, no labour though, EMCS

mummybto3 Mon 07-Oct-13 19:18:51

40 + 3 - spontaneous natural labour. Good luck!

PlateSpinningAtAllTimes Mon 07-Oct-13 19:21:27

39+6 with dc1
39+4 with dc2

CeliaLytton Mon 07-Oct-13 19:24:32

40+5 with first
39+5 with second

Fingers crossed for a prompt arrival, every second over 40 weeks feels like an eternity!

ButteryJam Mon 07-Oct-13 19:25:46

39 + 5

flowersinavase Mon 07-Oct-13 19:32:18

The longer cycles theory surely just stems from the fact that due dates assume that you ovulate on day 14 (of a 28 day cycle). If you have longer cycles you ovulate after that, so your due date should therefore be the corresponding number of days later (so if you ovulate on day 15 when you're at 40+0 according to your due date, you're actually only 39+6).

Wouldn't have thought that works though if you have a 12wk scan (when the pregnancy is dated), only if you rely solely on dates.

I went into labour just before midnight on my due date. DD finally arrived 42hrs later. Not going to go into the details but it wasn't nice. I was induced and is was horrible. But all's well that ends well smile

catgirl1976 Mon 07-Oct-13 19:32:22

40 + 8

Cheffie100 Mon 07-Oct-13 19:37:14


cuggles Mon 07-Oct-13 19:52:16

first one...39+0 and second 38+4 but was an induction as waters went. Thought induction would be awful and dreaded going over in both wasnt! Also..was induced without going over...doesn't always work that way!

puddock Mon 07-Oct-13 19:55:55

39 + 4 for both DS1 and DS2.
Remember that "full term" = 37-42 weeks, so you're not overdue just because you've gone past your EDD. Remember too that you can decline induction and opt for monitoring.

Sparklyblue Mon 07-Oct-13 20:09:51

DS 34+5
DD1 37+4
DD2 36+6
DD3 38+6

MakeHayIsAWhaleNow Mon 07-Oct-13 20:17:34

I second (third?) what has been said about not having to be induced - I would have refused with ds had I not been going into labour every evening then having it stop overnight - the stress was worse than the wait! If you do get to that stage and want to go for it, though, I would really recommend asking if they have Propess - it's a new version of the standard pessary, longer-acting (I believe) and much more gentle. No bam-into-labour, it started as a natural labour would (I had experience of one spontaneous labour before this, not a conclusive study, I grant you!). But it did feel natural and I felt more comfortable with it as a method of inducing a Vbac trial. Just thought I'd mention it as not many people i know have heard of it.

Norfolknway Mon 07-Oct-13 20:27:11

41+3 -t'was along summer!

sapphirestar Mon 07-Oct-13 20:27:16

40+12, the day I was supposed to be induced, although she wasn't actually born til the following morning so 40+13 technically I guess!

minipie Mon 07-Oct-13 20:29:40



Wuxiapian Mon 07-Oct-13 20:38:45

DS1: 38.5 - waters broke
DS2: 42.1 - induced

Wickedgirl Mon 07-Oct-13 20:41:30

40 exactly. The only time my dd has been onetime for anything grin

firstforthought Mon 07-Oct-13 20:49:36

39 wks

Labour started 39+5, DD born (EMCS) 40+1

38 weeks exactly, was due to be induced the next day as my waters had broken the day before, but DD got there first smile
Waiting now to see whether DS will be around the same.

Doinmummy Mon 07-Oct-13 21:14:25

40 weeks on the dot <proud>

Doinmummy Mon 07-Oct-13 21:15:27

I agree Wicked grin

AnnoyedByAlfieBear Mon 07-Oct-13 21:19:16


Jaffakake Mon 07-Oct-13 21:19:49

40+14 & went into labour naturally, but it ook ages!
I think each woman has her own cooking time & the difference between the first & second may only be a matter of days.

mrscog Mon 07-Oct-13 21:28:11

Can I make a suggestion for the end of pregnancy? Make plans, lots and lots of plans for weeks 39-42. Meet friends, books you want to read, films you want to see, catch up with family - whatever. Have something planned for every single day. That way if you're 'overdue' then you have nice things to do, if you're early then you won't have the awful wait which is joy enough but you will have to cancel a whole host of social arrangements/time to yourself enjoying things smile

williaminajetfighter Mon 07-Oct-13 21:31:19

38+4. My mom said her babies were all about 2 weeks early as well.

Am 35+4 right now and hoping baby is up for an early departure!!!

hazchem Mon 07-Oct-13 21:32:29

I was 40 +10 ish.
I would have refused and an induction on the grounds that 42 is the end of the due period and that over due isn't really over due. Other countries say term is 38-43.

My main worry as my due date came and went was that I had family that were due to fly out and I was worried that they would miss seeing the baby. Next time I would ask for them to come at 41 weeks to take some pressure off.

Angloamerican Mon 07-Oct-13 21:35:05

DC1 - 41+5 (natural labour)
DC2 - induced at 40=2 due to size of baby. (Ultrasound indicated 11lb6. It was off but DC2 was 10lb.) I was induced with Pitocin (I'm not sure what the UK name is). It was absolutely brutal and I will do anything to avoid it with DC3.

WineIsMyMainVice Mon 07-Oct-13 21:35:31

40 + 12 and I was induced. And it was a really good birth. Induction isn't always awful! I had a really positive experience.

weaselinthenight Mon 07-Oct-13 21:38:25

2 days late, but induction isn't always bad! Admittedly my waters had already broken so my induction was more speeding things up than forcing them, but my labour was under 10 hours and did it all with simply hypnobirthing. Not being smug (I have to face another one shortly...) but just want to reassure you your fears may be over nothing!!

Zara1984 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:38:57

Induced at 40+1 due to hypertension, DS arrived in the early hours of 40+2

Breakneck speed labour once it started confused

BirdyBedtime Mon 07-Oct-13 21:39:16

DD was induced at 40+12 and took another 30 hours to arrive (plus syntoconin) but 'natural' birth
Went into labour with DS at 40+6 mid-afternoon after sweep in the morning. He was born just after 7am next day (strangely at almost exactly same time as DD)

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 07-Oct-13 21:40:56

Ds1 42 +5 and was induced (very easy to be honest)

Ds2 42 grin

ccsays Mon 07-Oct-13 21:41:48

Thanks for all your replies, I'm just reading them now as I've been on backshift all day. Nobody specific has told me I'll go overdue, I guess it just seems that there's a lot online saying you're more likely to go over. Also all stories you hear about inductions being much more painful and more likely to have instrumental delivery or a c section have made me feel a bit confused about it all.

Grumblelion Mon 07-Oct-13 21:42:08

Waters broke 40+6, had DD 40+7 (not induced)

mrsmooms Mon 07-Oct-13 21:45:21

DS 39+6 (19hr labour as he was back to back and got stuck)

DD 39+1 (12 hours from first twinges to birth)

fuckwittery Mon 07-Oct-13 21:46:41

OP, you don't have to have an induction, you can choose to have a scan and monitoring instead. AIMS do a really good booklet on this but you have to pay for it.

Zara1984 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:50:13

Don't worry about it OP. My induction I guess was ok from an outsiders perspective because I only needed 2 doses of the prostin gel. When my waters broke it was like a rollercoaster - ouchy period pains to full-blown labour in about 3 seconds - and I went from 1-10cm in an hour! I don't know whether technically I had sort of like a natural labour because I didn't need the drip. I got DS out in 55 minutes of pushing, it was bloody hard work yes and hard to push with an epidural (very glad I got one though) - no ventouse or forceps though. I got him out with just a few mins to spare before they were going to get ventouse!!!

I bloody hope next time if my waters go at home it's not so errr Hollywood-style sudden howling pain! I was not expecting that!!

You don't know what it's going to be like. You'll be fine, however it ends up. Honestly.

Think of it this way... plenty of people go back for a second baby (or more!!)!!

FTRsMammy Mon 07-Oct-13 21:50:17

42wks by hospital dates
40+1 by my dates

AuntPittypat Mon 07-Oct-13 21:51:22

40+1 for me.

40w for me - ds was a textbook baby in all his scans, labour length, delivery, birth weight, feeding and sleeping grin. I am 20w pg with DC2 and he/she does not appear to be as co-operative already....

by 40+1 you won't care about induction if you do go over, you will just want baby OUT by any method possible grin

Zara1984 Mon 07-Oct-13 22:08:25

Yeah I was pretty anti-induction all throughout pregnancy. Then I got really bad hypertension and bleeding at 38 weeks and by my due date I was sobbing and begging for an induction or c-section. I couldn't handle the stress anymore of my body essentially going haywire from high blood pressure!!!

But defo agree with asking for continuous monitoring and going to 43 weeks (if you want to) if they're just trying to induce you cos of their overdue policy/if their EDD calculations are inaccurate.

Really really really hoping not to have an induction next time

beingsuper Mon 07-Oct-13 22:10:15

37+1 DS1
36+3 DS2
37+6 DS3

All swings and roundabouts, each time hoped to go a bit longer to get some rest after finishing work. With DS2 hadn't finished work and needed to go back when he was a week old to sort desk, bring personal stuff home.

blondieminx Mon 07-Oct-13 22:12:20

40+6 (was due to be induced the next day)

ChrisTheSheep Mon 07-Oct-13 22:40:39

Labour started 37+1 (natural/spontaneous). DS finally born 37+4, by which point I thought I was about to die. Beat the planned induction by just over a week, though!

ChrisTheSheep Mon 07-Oct-13 22:43:35

My mum tells me I was induced when she was 40 wks exactly (apparently it was the hospital's policy): she says I took 8 hours start to finish, and it really wasn't that bad: small episiotomy but no other interventions, G&A only. I guess not all inductions are dreadful hopeful emoticon

ChrisTheSheep Mon 07-Oct-13 22:44:58

[hopeful emoticon fail]

VeloWoman Mon 07-Oct-13 22:53:49

With DC1 I was around 24 weeks when I started having tightening's, ended up having him by emergency CS at 29 weeks.

This time I just want to get to 36 weeks and have a live birth by 43 weeks.

Yardarm Mon 07-Oct-13 22:54:34

39+6 DS1
38+2 DD1
40+1 DD2

BeaverAbroad Tue 08-Oct-13 00:18:04

26wks (so very early). Al my other pregnancies were either on the ED or around it though.

PoppyRoseViolet Tue 08-Oct-13 00:20:49

40+1 DS1
39+6 DS2

Scarifying Tue 08-Oct-13 00:30:34

40 +14 but the dates may have been wrong
40 + 14 induced (learnt from DS1)
40 +? I dunno! After the third kid it all gets a bit blurry I think she was a week overdue. Sort of induced by the DR jabbing my cervix during an antinatal appoint.
40 + ???? nope! I don't have a clue. It was quite soon after her due date though. hmm induced (I begged)

InternationalMuslinMountain Tue 08-Oct-13 02:14:47

40+13 following induction at

Like you I was really not keen on the idea of induction, however by the time it becomes something that you need to seriously consider you may well be so fed up and uncomfortable that you are desperate for bubs to put in an appearance!

My induction was not bad at all. I did have an instrumental delivery (forceps) but there were other factors at play that contributed to that more than the fact that I was induced (back to back baby who was BIG given the size of me). I had one prostin and flew into labour fast. Was managing fine with gas and air and only had spinal because we moved to the operating theatre for forceps, so although I can't compare how painful it is to a spontaneous labour, I would say it doesn't necessarily follow that it will be more painful. Pain is a very subjective thing IMO. DS was delivered 10 hours after induction started so it wasn't long in my case either.

As others have pointed out, you don't have to be induced. The trip to hospital for reduced movements the day before my induction was booked sealed the deal for me though...

Weegiemum Tue 08-Oct-13 02:28:38

39+4 with dd1 (at 9lb12 I was glad she was out, was a back labour and ended up in ventouse delivery).

38+4 with ds (simple vaginal delivery, no probs), at 10 days early he was still 9lb3!

(Both spontaneous labours)

Then dd2 was induced at 36+6 as the pregnancy was making me very ill (kidney problems). Again a simple delivery, but even at the very bottom end of term she was 7lb15 - I'm a teeny bit glad they induced!!

I've never gone past my due date, which drives many of my friends to feel a bit envy

bunnygirl80 Tue 08-Oct-13 02:44:05

Ds was 38+6. Spontaneous labour, and it was something of a surprise as I'd been convinced by everyone's comments that first babies always arrive after edd

Dd was an elcs at 38wks exactly because she was in an unstable position and moving between transverse and footling breech. I was already having irregular contractions by that stage so I doubt she'd have stayed in much longer

I'm quite glad I've never still been pg on my due date, I was fed up and uncomfortable enough as it was!

sleepywombat Tue 08-Oct-13 02:50:20

41 wks exactly

My second was 39 wks exactly

BenNJerry Tue 08-Oct-13 06:38:56

40+6. Went into labour naturally a few hours before I was due to have a sweep. I was in slow labour for nearly 24 hours though.

chickydoo Tue 08-Oct-13 06:55:35

37 DC1
39 DC2
38 DC 3
36 DC 4

Zoomania Tue 08-Oct-13 08:36:21


Alizzle Tue 08-Oct-13 08:55:25

40+4 naturally after 2

Chocolateteabag Tue 08-Oct-13 08:57:02

39+1 with DS - had stopped work at 38 weeks assuming I'd go over so was slightly peeved he came "early"

Stopping at 34 weeks with number 2 - who will no doubt then be late!

TobyLerone Tue 08-Oct-13 09:20:10

40+14 with DC1.

40+13 with DC2.

Both induced (DC1 with the drip, DC2 by ARM). It was fine.

This time around I have no idea. I'm 27+2 and the moment and been warned that I could go into preterm labour at any time. I have a scan booked for 36 weeks when they'll tell me if I have to have a CS or not. So no idea what'll happen!

Longtallsally Tue 08-Oct-13 09:26:02

40 + 0 with DS1 - first time a male in our family has ever been on time for anything.

38 weeks with DS2

Good to see so many people having positive experiences of inductions on here though.

TallulahBetty Tue 08-Oct-13 09:30:29

Induced at 39+2. I doubt I would have lasted much longer as it didn't take much to induce me at all.

Another positive induction experience here.

Franchini Tue 08-Oct-13 09:37:40

I was 39+2 for my DD (1st baby)
Good luck x

Mumoftwoyoungkids Tue 08-Oct-13 09:45:36

Went into labour at 4am on 39+2 for DD and 7am on 39+2 for ds.

Nice to be consistent!

Wafflenose Tue 08-Oct-13 09:49:54

Just over 39 weeks with DD1.
41 weeks with DD2!

pegster Tue 08-Oct-13 10:07:19

Induced at 40+12, DS arrived at 40+13 by EMCS.
In hindsight I should have refused induction for a further few days but by then I was desperate to get him out

Induced at 40+3 due to pre-eclampsia; DD born early hours of 40+4.

Were I to be induced again I'd outright refuse ARM; it hurt like nothing I can describe and did absolutely bugger all.

(interestingly, DD was the only baby in our NCT group of 6 who was 'late'! All firstborns - all the others were spontaneous labour and were either early or on due date)

WillYouDoTheMonsterMash Tue 08-Oct-13 10:22:06

Went into labour at 38 + 6, induced at 39w for gestational diabetes and DS born at 39 + 1.

I'd probably refuse induction for a little longer next time as long as placenta/growth scans are all okay.

workingtitle Tue 08-Oct-13 10:44:55

Spontaneous labour at 36+4

I was thinking of refusing induction up to 42+4 as long as scans etc good (expectant management)

duchesse Tue 08-Oct-13 10:51:43

Spontaneous labour at 40 + 10 days with DS.

Spontaneous labour at 40 + 11 DD1

Spontataneous labour at 40 + 13 with DD2

Crash CS after failed induction at 40 + 14 with DD3 (but there were other complications that meant she'd never have been born vaginally)

Pants82 Tue 08-Oct-13 10:58:11

42 weeks. Was induced and it really wasn't too bad. I was just relieved that the baby was actually going to be born at last. Those last two weeks were the longest of my life.

ringaringarosy Tue 08-Oct-13 10:59:29

im jealous of all these spontaneous labours at 38 and 39 weeks,mine have all been late except for ds2 who was 2 weeks early,it was lovely!

MrsMarigold Tue 08-Oct-13 11:12:56

37+2 DC1
37+2 DC2

Both times waters broke and labour began spontaneously, both children weighed the same. With DC2 I went for an antenatal appointment at 5pm on the day I went into labour and the consultant said the baby wouldn't arrive for at least another 10 days. By 9pm I was in labour and saw the same consultant when I returned to the hospital! The baby arrived at 1am after a four hour labour.

AGB4 Tue 08-Oct-13 11:52:30

DD1 38 + 5 30 hours ventouse
DD2 39 + 3 3 hours home birth
DS1 39 + 6 3 hours home birth
DS2 39 + 6 1 hour hospital birth

All spontaneous - now aged 14, 12, 9 and 5 weeks

All done now!

CoffeeOne Tue 08-Oct-13 11:57:15

39+4 when my waters went with a huge GUSH like everyone kept telling me they wouldn't smile

bluebeanie Tue 08-Oct-13 12:00:05

40+12. Gave birth the day I was due to be induced.

sherbetpips Tue 08-Oct-13 12:05:11

40 + 3

'I'd rather not, as I'd really prefer not to be induced.'

You don't have to be induced.

jammiedonut Tue 08-Oct-13 12:07:30

Two days early, gave birth one day early. My sister was a week early with her first and a fortnight early with her second. You could be lucky. I prayed I wouldn't go overdue, three hours into 23 hour labour and I was begging for them to stop it and let me stay pregnant forever!

IdaClair Tue 08-Oct-13 12:31:55

40+17 but I was not induced.

PrincessYoni Tue 08-Oct-13 12:40:39

Bang on 40 + 0 but had been in labour the 3 days before and had syntocinol the night before to try (and fail) to regularise contractions. Induction can sound scary but its not necessarily full on syntocinol drip right from the get go. I got an epidural at the synto stage as I knew synthetic contractions would be very different and my midwife advised that as I'd been in labour so long, the epidural would give me a break (still didn't sleep though).

ksrwr Tue 08-Oct-13 12:51:58

42 weeks exactly, wasn't induced, my mum was 2 weeks late with me and my siblings so i had a feeling that i'd be 42 weeks, and i was. i was about to go in for induction when it all started anyway, and happened very quickly in the end.

ChocChaffinch Tue 08-Oct-13 13:33:38

40+11 and was induced. Not great. Straight on the drip.
in France though, don't they have a 42 week gestation?

peachypips Tue 08-Oct-13 13:38:05

DS1: 41+1 and emcs.
DS2: 38+5 and vbac.

GrandPoohBah Tue 08-Oct-13 14:16:47

I was induced at 38+4 as I had developed preeclampsia. One round of gel, my waters went spontaneously and I had DD 12 hours later (no drip). It was a bit more medicalised than I'd hoped for but overall a very positive experience - and not bad at all, which I had been led to believe induced labours could be.

StormBird Tue 08-Oct-13 14:27:14

DS: 41+3 - it ended in Ventous as he was 10lb 4oz and 59cm long. I just couldn;t get him out on my own.
DD: Still pending...........34 weeks and I'm bored now. I really don't want to go overdue so I'm hoping that it's true that the 2nd is quicker and easier.

thursdaysgirls Tue 08-Oct-13 14:29:51

DS1: 39+3 - labour was long, birth was traumatic. Forceps with no pain relief, not even gas and air. Left me with PNP and PTSD.

Anyway, I was daft enough to have more kids.

DD1 - Induced at 36+3 due to complications. Nothing really happened, they broke my waters at 6pm, she was born at 7:34pm. 94 mins of bad pain and then she was born.

DD2 - 39+3 - Mild contractions for 6 hours, nothing more than bad period pains. Waters broke at 1am, she was born at 1:40am - so 40 mins of baad pain then she was here.

With my girls I didnt get chance to register the pain before I was holding them, I was super lucky. My first was a nightmare which I dont like to discuss. But it just goes to show not all labours are the same.

BrianTheMole Tue 08-Oct-13 14:33:31

40 + 1
40 +1

melliebobs Tue 08-Oct-13 15:13:54


melliebobs Tue 08-Oct-13 15:15:47

Also at 17 days overdue I refused point blank to be induced. Tbh they weren't that bothered. Got played the dead baby card but wasn't even offered monitoring. Went into labour naturally smile ended up in a horrendous emcs though. But wouldn't change my decisions if I was to do it all again

30 weeks exactly

grants1000 Tue 08-Oct-13 16:45:19

5 weeks early and 3 weeks early - my motto is be prepared about a month in advance, it you are late you only have a dusty bag of ready packed stuff to worry about, it you are early you have less stress!

I went to hospital with only my handbag with first DS and nothing else, but he was born and the midwives had spare everything so it was all good!

kalidasa Tue 08-Oct-13 16:57:25

39+5 according to the hospital, 38+6 according to me. (Still sure I was right as otherwise I conceived when at a conference without my husband . . . ) It was obvious it was coming though, things had been rumbling vaguely for a week or so by the time labour actually started.

qumquat Tue 08-Oct-13 17:11:42

In France they calculate EDD as 41 weeks rather than 40. I've adopted my 'French due date' and tell that to everyone, including myself. My hope is if I go over 40 weeks I'll get less frustrated and not think of it as a problem. My sister had her babies in France and both arrived bang on their 41 week due dates.

GreenShadow Tue 08-Oct-13 18:12:53

None of my 3 DC made it to 40 weeks and DC1 arrived the earliest at 38+5. The other 2 were just about 2 days early.

lirael Tue 08-Oct-13 19:00:20

36 weeks exactly. Waters broke 24 hours earlier but they held off inducing me because they didn't have a bed in the special care baby unit and less than 36 weeks was deemed premature.
DS2 was 38+4

Both babies were 6lb somethings.

dogindisguise Tue 08-Oct-13 19:18:16

37+5 for DS1 (declined induction after waters broke at 36+6)
39+5 (just) for DD (was induced)

BarberryRicePud Tue 08-Oct-13 20:29:32

40+13, not induced (my hospital do induction at term +14).

Dc2 they gave me an induction date for 40+12 due to not enough spaces on the date when I was 40+14. I refused to be induced early, said I'd happily wait til 40+15 and there was all sorts of fuss created! Held firm though and was given the 40+14 date. Of course, surprise surprise, went into natural labour at 40+13 again.

I apparently just gestate a bit longer!

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Tue 08-Oct-13 21:46:40

40 + 0 for DD
40 + 0 for DS

I run a very tight ship here! grin

notso Tue 08-Oct-13 21:59:55

Went into labour at 39+6 but she was born at 40 exactly.
2nd was 41 exactly,
3rd was 38 exactly,
4th was 39 exactly.

bigbuttons Tue 08-Oct-13 22:25:34

ds1 40+4 ( emcs)
ds2 39 w planned section
dd1 40+17 normal vbac
dd2 40+14 normal vbac
dd3 40+ 17 normal vabc
ds3 40+18 normal vbac

Chunderella Tue 08-Oct-13 22:29:51

Waters broke at 40+1, naturally. Birth 40+3. Although it's more common to be overdue with your first than with later pregnancies, remember that the vast majority even of first timers aren't induced. So the odds are in your favour.

Thewhingingdefective Tue 08-Oct-13 23:07:34

I was induced at 35+2 due to worsening pre eclampsia, but I think I was in early labour anyway. I was 3cm dilated and having regular but painless contractions. It was a twin pregnancy and I'd had Braxton Hicks/tightenings for weeks so didn't realise until I was examined and then told my babies were going to be delivered. Had my waters broken and labour progressed quickly.

40 + 16 (induced)

Labour started at 40+6 DD was born 40+9

igirisu Wed 09-Oct-13 12:51:22

I went 42 weeks and my son was born the day before i was due to be induced, i had been having bad bh for about 2 weeks before and was in labour for 3 days. Everyone told me my son would be early and he was very late! Good luck with the rest of your journey x

Draculasbride Wed 09-Oct-13 13:12:36

41+1 with ds
40+4 with dd

wigwam33 Wed 09-Oct-13 15:14:30

41 weeks and 6 days (avoided induction despite pressure)

Galena Wed 09-Oct-13 16:18:53

27+4 - you've already made it further than me!

JamJarOfDaffs Wed 09-Oct-13 19:20:55

38+2 both DCs!

I was superstitious about DC2 being born on that date and my C-section was schedule for week 39 with DC2. It had been my worst fear after a long, unpleasant labour and EMCS with DC1 to go into labour and not have time for a c-section with DC2 - but this is what happened and went wonderfully. I felt so empowered by having had a vaginal birth and no doubt the recovery was better.

I felt in both pregnancies that I would go early, don't know whey but I was pretty sure just as I knew I was pregnant both times before doing the earliest pregnancy test...Go with your instincts!

Flisspaps Wed 09-Oct-13 21:36:57

40+15, induced.

Fruli Wed 09-Oct-13 22:25:55

37+1...six hours later she was here

MrsHoolie Wed 09-Oct-13 23:30:40


Cucumberscarecrow Thu 10-Oct-13 07:35:27

40+4 here.

Good luck to you!

sparklechops Thu 10-Oct-13 09:13:58

41 weeks exactly. A sweep helped me along.

JaffaSnaffle Thu 10-Oct-13 10:56:08

DD1 38+1
DD2 38+6
Both spontaneous labour.

pinkpeony Thu 10-Oct-13 13:01:24

DC1 waters broke 38+1, born the next day
DC2 waters broke 38+1, born 3 hours later

clear pattern with me!

fuckwittery Thu 10-Oct-13 13:26:42

Wow bigbuttons you carry your babies naturally for a long time. My first two were 40+10 and 40+18 and really hoping for an earlier baby this time (currently 37+5) but I guess I better accept there may well be a pattern, sigh, only another 4-5 weeks to go then!

Scarifying Thu 10-Oct-13 13:30:38

I wonder how accurate the official dates are though. I could never remember when I last had a period so I don't know if that means my dates were guesses. My scan dates came up with even earlier dates than my assumed DD.

Scarifying Thu 10-Oct-13 13:31:05

DD = due date

37 + 5.

Hoping this one comes at a similar time, as it looks like he's much bigger for dates than she was!

emi2989 Thu 10-Oct-13 14:46:33

39+4 smile

JessieEssex Thu 10-Oct-13 16:19:02

DD1 39+4, DD2 36+5

TheCountessOlenska Thu 10-Oct-13 16:30:41

40 + 4

tinkytoes Thu 10-Oct-13 17:33:48

40+5 induced as my water broke and contraction was not strong enough or so the midwife said. 4 hours later, little one was born with just gas and air. They had to switch the drip off half way cos I was contracting too fast. Like ThedementedPenguin said, not all inductions are bad!

Pipsmilkmaid Thu 10-Oct-13 17:40:35

29+6 EMCS

BraveLilBear Wed 16-Oct-13 09:12:36

Waters broke 39+6, born 40+1 after induction/augmentation

Was convinced I'd go over due to family history and the fact that the due date was 6 days earlier than I thought was possible.

Annoyingly, my induction was delayed by staffing issues, as DS would have been a royal baby had he arrived on his due date!

Scoobyblue Wed 16-Oct-13 15:17:48

40 weeks exactly. Waters broke at 1 minute past midnight and dd was born at midday. All very punctual.

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