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I just found out my mother was two weeks overdue with her first...

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Rpj16 Thu 31-Dec-15 15:13:01

Does this kind of thing run in families?

KwickNC Thu 31-Dec-15 15:13:42


Chottie Thu 31-Dec-15 15:15:12

No, I don't think so.

Please don't worry about it, I don't think dating a baby was so accurate when you were born as it is nowadays.

Pooka Thu 31-Dec-15 15:15:58

I don't think entirely so. My mother was 2 weeks early with her first, 1 week early with second and 2 weeks early with third.

I had first on due date, second a week late and third 3 days early.

Much depends on the individual mother as well as the baby - size etc. Which would have a fair amount to do with maternal make up as well as the father's.

Most first babies are late I believe.

Micah Thu 31-Dec-15 15:20:05

My mum was more than two week overdue with hers and convinced me that all babies in our family are very overdue (and massive, apparently).

I bloody listened to her, booked my mat leave to start on my due date, get the car seat and pram etc delivered after that while i was at home before the birth.

Dc1 arrived two weeks early. I was totally unprepared bar a pack if baby vests.

So no, dont plan on it smile

frikadela01 Thu 31-Dec-15 15:22:14

My midwife said to have a "due month" instead of a due date because everyone gets so stressed when they go over their date and forget that it's entirely normal to go over.

ApocalypseNowt Thu 31-Dec-15 15:22:51

I got told that on the whole it's the only thing that can give a half decent indication of when you may go into labour. HOwever i guess it would only work if everyone's dates were accurate in the first place.

Can't remember who told me though so could be a load of horseshit grin

Rpj16 Thu 31-Dec-15 15:29:08

Yeah, you'd think that a whole load of other factors would go into it as well as genes (I know, baby will come when ready!)

Ooh well I technically have two weeks left so we shall wait and see smile

KatyN Thu 31-Dec-15 16:18:30

Nah.. The only thing I 'inherited' from my mother and mil was to gain about 4 stone in each pregnancy. my mum was early both times, I've been overdue both times.

Raxacoricofallapatorius Thu 31-Dec-15 16:24:22

A normal pregnancy is 37 to 42 weeks. Anything within that is normal. Really is no point in seeing 40+ weeks as overdue. It's demoralizing and inaccurate.

HelenaJustina Thu 31-Dec-15 16:30:10

Yes, in our family. Mum was late with all hers, I was late with all (4) of mine and DSis has just been late with her first.

However the plural of anecdote is not data...

Junosmum Thu 31-Dec-15 16:32:05

I think so- all women on my mothers side have gone 1-2 weeks over due and had long labours and big babies. It's looking like I'll be the same (though really I'm hoping I'll break the mould!)

KwickNC Thu 31-Dec-15 16:35:36

It's actually down to the dads side according to the BMJ

SnozzberryMincePie Thu 31-Dec-15 16:35:44

My mum was late with all of hers; both of mine have been born before their due dates.

Remember that dating wasn't always so accurate - when my mum had me there were no dating scans and it was just done by the date of your last period.

SmallBearMumma Thu 31-Dec-15 17:10:49

My mum was 10 days late with my oldest bro, second bro was early and I was on time... I am 39 +5 today with my first dc so hoping that I don't follow the same pattern! hmm

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