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Do subsequent babies arrive earlier?

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mummyjah Tue 30-Aug-11 16:41:50

What do you think? Is there any truth to the notion that subsequent (to the first) babies arrive earlier? If so, what's the reasoning behind this?

carocaro Tue 30-Aug-11 17:41:28

DS1 5 weeks early and DS2 3 weeks early. So for me no. Althought the births were very similar, waters popping, 5 hours with the first 7 hours with the 2nd. Both fast dialations from 4 - 10cm in about 50 mins with each, as midwife said "Cervix like a Ferrari"

RainySmallHands Tue 30-Aug-11 17:43:42

DC1 3 weeks early, DC2 4 days early. So not for me.

LawrieMarlow Tue 30-Aug-11 17:44:07

DS born at 38+3
DD born at 40+4

So not true for me either.

bananatrifle Tue 30-Aug-11 17:46:49

No, DS1 was a bit early, then the subsequent 3 were all around 2 weeks late.

Xavielli Wed 31-Aug-11 08:10:27

DC1 - 27 days early
DC2 - 7 days early
DC3 - 2 days early.

So not for me!

Secondtimelucky Wed 31-Aug-11 09:55:02

Nope, +8 and then +9. A few HCPs have said to me that those in the area think anecdotally that it's actually the other way around - a couple of days later per baby.

Flisspaps Wed 31-Aug-11 10:00:22

Secondtimelucky Buggeration, DD finally appeared at 40+16, ugh, the thought of 40+18 vs induction for #2, what a choice!

Secondtimelucky Wed 31-Aug-11 10:42:13

No, I'm psychic don't you know, and I predict you won't go to +16 [gazes into crystal ball meaningfully].

GetDownYouWillFall Wed 31-Aug-11 13:07:00

I saw the consultant midwife a couple of weeks ago and she said statistically that 2nd babies arrive 2 or 3 days before first babies, in terms of gestation.

Seems from all your experiences this is not necessarily the case! 38 weeks today. DD arrived at 38+5... so am just waiting now!

LoveBeingIgnoredByMardyBra Wed 31-Aug-11 13:31:10

Dd came one day before her due date. Ds is due a week on thurs and currently still tucked up grin

LifeOfKate Wed 31-Aug-11 20:42:04

It was true for me, just! DS arrived at 42 weeks exactly, 2 days after induction started. DD arrived at 40+11, the day before I was due in to hospital to be induced grin

LaTristesseDurera Wed 31-Aug-11 20:47:15

DS1 born at 40+5
DS2 born at 40+14 (a few hours before I was due to be induced)

tortilla Wed 31-Aug-11 20:49:30

DS (40+4, but went into labour at 40+2)
DD (40+13, induced as too lazy to bother coming of her own accord)

So no, doesn't hold for me either. I know several friends who have gone a fair bit longer with subsequent babies. As ever, they just come when they're ready, or forcibly evicted if they're lazy smile

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 31-Aug-11 20:50:28

True for me smile

Ds1 was born at 42 +5 (induced)

Ds2 arrived on his due date grin

ohbabybaby Fri 02-Sep-11 11:29:15

DS1: went into labour 40+2 (born 40+4)
DS2: went into labour 40+0

So I uphold the theory!

going Fri 02-Sep-11 11:32:02

DD1 9 days early

DD2 2 days late

DS 9 days early

Not true for me!

stump Sat 03-Sep-11 18:23:29

not true for me. DD was 5 weeks early. DS was two weeks late! Having had extremes I would definitely prefer a late baby to a premie if there were to be a next time!!

mumblejumble Sat 03-Sep-11 21:47:49

Ds1, two weeks late
Ds2 10 days late
Ds3 20 days late
Ds4 1 week late
DD 1 day before due date
Am no expecting DS5, hoping for around due date, but these boys are lazy.

mumblejumble Sat 03-Sep-11 21:48:13

Am now expecting DS5...

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