I know no one can tell me either way and I don't usually set a great deal of store by gut feelings, but I really feel as though I'm going to have an early labour. DH thinks I'm insane and it's just wishful thinking, but chatting to maternal aunties suggests that this seems to be something of a theme in our family, at least on my mum's side. Does everyone think they're going to have an early birth with DC1 and then sit around for weeks overdue or could I be getting some inkling of a maternal instinct?
Hee hee - thought as much. Though tbh it isn't really that the last month is dragging - I'm still pretty comfortable (far more than in the first two trimesters!) and could do with it hanging on for a bit, for a variety of reasons (finding somewhere to live, for example ).
I thought DS was going to be early. He was - too early at 35 weeks. It was a very bad thing. I have heard that even 37 weekers can be a bit more fractious / difficult to feed / need to feed more often because they are that bit smaller. So please don't wish for an early baby, wishing that baby is on time will be something I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for next time!
I was adament that he'd be late too. Turns out he came 3 days before I was due to go on maternity leave... That was a great call my husband had to make to my boss - "she'll be about 6 months late for her meeting with you this morning". And I had so much planned for my first week off!
You just can't tell. Generally only 5% of babies arrive on due date. I guess they just can't read calendars!
Mine both came two weeks late - but both with dd1 3days and dd2 5 days of 'pre-labour' - I was having braxton hix type contractions (i.e.nnot painful) EVERY 5 MINUTES try sleeping with that going on and then 2 days of d&v with dd2 as well - I have never felt so sick in my life, luckily it went away for a couple of days before she was actually born or I wouldn't have had the energy to deliver. I don't think this happens to too many people though! But just be prepared for a longer waiting game than you might imagine once things kick off, just in case..Actually I think relaxation might have helped...when I did a visualisation kind of thing and imagined dd2 being safely born, thats when my contractions finally started getting stronger and I went into labour, so maybe I was anxious without really realising it and it kind of held things up.
I'm certainly not wishing a very early birth on myself (as well as the welfare of my baby and the nowhere-to-live issue, I'm also currently not booked into a hospital, and 36 weeks on Monday) and am very pleased that I haven't reached the get-it-out-of-me-NOW! stage yet Tbh I'm trying to do as the French do and not consider myself full-term until 42 weeks.
Really I guess I just wondered whether going overdue was one of those things that no one ever imagines themselves doing ...