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How did your pregnancy duration compare to your mum's?

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Squtternutbosch Sun 16-Oct-16 22:56:38

I've been wondering whether gestational duration is hereditary - I haven't found a lot of evidence either way, although there is some suggestion that it could be, so I'm turning to anecdote smile

Those of you who have children already- how did the length of your pregnancy compare to your mum's? Or even your MIL's?

secretly hoping it's hereditary on the baby's part instead of mine and he takes after his dad to arrive 10 days early instead of me and ALL my siblings who were 2 weeks late and had to be induced

53rdAndBird Sun 16-Oct-16 22:59:02

Both mum and MIL went to 42 weeks with first pregnancies. I went just past 42 with mine.

NameChange30 Sun 16-Oct-16 22:59:16

Ooh good thread! Can't help I'm afraid (pregnant with my first) but really interested to read answers as my sister and I were both premature confused The midwife said there is no correlation but it would be good to know if there's any research out there!

loulily27 Sun 16-Oct-16 22:59:27

My mum had me 2 weeks early then my sister 10 days early.

I was induced at 12 days over but still didn't go in to active labour by 15 days over so had to have c-section so not like my mum at all!!! X

GloveBug Sun 16-Oct-16 23:01:01

Totally different. My mum went over 2 weeks late both times. I was early both times

HerSpookyFattyness Sun 16-Oct-16 23:02:27

DB 3 days over
Me 1 week over
DB bang on due date
DB 2 weeks early.

DS1 3 days over
DD one day over
DS2 10 days over.

haveacupoftea Sun 16-Oct-16 23:04:07

My mum went a month early with me, not sure about my sister. My sister went a month early with her DS too. I will report back in 7 months how I fare wink

Craftycakey15 Sun 16-Oct-16 23:09:16

This is interesting. My midwife told me the other day that looking at your mums delivery dates as a good indicator of when you will gave your baby. I'm due in less than two weeks.

OhTheRoses Sun 16-Oct-16 23:09:34

My mum: Only me - five days late

MIL: DH supposedly three weeks late
SIL 1, week late
SIL 2, week early

Me: DS1, 36.3
DD: 41.3

Don't think there's any correlation.

WiIdfire Sun 16-Oct-16 23:12:22

1 - week early
2(me) - week late
3 - week early.

Both my sisters had a baby a week early, mine was 2 weeks late.

Sure it's just a councidence.

123bananas Sun 16-Oct-16 23:14:02

Me 2 weeks late
DB few days early

Dd1 39+5
Dd2 39+3
Ds 34+5 but was elcs due to complications so didn't labour.

Bellyrub1980 Sun 16-Oct-16 23:14:44

My mum went beyond 42 weeks with me and both my brothers. She was induced for 2 of us. She had a 3 day early stage with her eldest.

My MIL went over with my DP and his DB and she was induced with at least one of them.

I went 15 days over with my DC and after 3 days in the early stage was induced. It couldn't have been more similar to my mum's first delivery.

Squtternutbosch Sun 16-Oct-16 23:19:00

Interesting range of responses. From what I've read of the limited research, and what I've seen on here, I'm inclined to think there's little correlation.

I did read something interesting about how pregnancy dating has become so much more accurate in the last 10-20 years that this sort of research is pretty moot anyway, as our mums' due dates would have been a much rougher estimate and thus harder to tell whether they actually did deliver early, on time or late.

38 weeks tomorrow. I'm not at the "get this baby out of me" stage yet but also I reallllllly don't want to wait another 4 weeks...!

DramaAlpaca Sun 16-Oct-16 23:20:52

DM - had me on due date
- induced two days early with DB

Me - DC1 five days early
- DC2 five days late
- DC3 five days early

So similar enough really.

happygelfling Sun 16-Oct-16 23:21:51

1 (me) - 2 weeks early
2 (DB) - on time

1 (DD) - 7 weeks early
2 (DS) - 4 weeks early

I expect that there was something else going on with my pregnancies that caused the premature arrivals. (We didn't ever find out what it was.)

NameChange30 Sun 16-Oct-16 23:23:47

"I did read something interesting about how pregnancy dating has become so much more accurate in the last 10-20 years that this sort of research is pretty moot anyway, as our mums' due dates would have been a much rougher estimate and thus harder to tell whether they actually did deliver early, on time or late."

That makes a lot of sense.

I was intrigued to find out that in France they work out due dates based on a gestation period of 41 weeks, not 40. I wonder if other countries have different gestation periods too?

MiniLop Sun 16-Oct-16 23:30:56

All 3 of my Mum's babies were 7-10 days early (I was 7 days).
My DS was 4 days early, currently 38 weeks pregnant with number 2 and hoping for another early one!
Don't know about MIL, she had 2 ELCS.

bronteales Sun 16-Oct-16 23:32:22

Ooooooh this is interesting...

My mum had me 3 days late I was due on April Fools Day

My daughter arrived 5 days late

Kind of similar

smellsofelderberries Sun 16-Oct-16 23:50:13

My Mum gave birth to all 4 of us within a few days of our due dates.
My older sister was 2 weeks over with her first and induced at term with her second as he was massive.

My MIL's water broke with my husband and his brother but had to be induced with both as she didn't go into labour (water broke around her due dates). My SIL (we are both daughters in law to my MIL, if that makes sense- we married brothers), her water broke at 4 days overdue but also had to be induced as she didn't go into labour.

I'm due with #1 in just over 3 weeks so I'm hoping I go like my Mum and not my sister or MIL!

chattygranny Mon 17-Oct-16 00:05:57

My DM had me 3 weeks early and my 2 DBS were a week early. My MIL had her 2 a week late.
I had first 40+3 days 2 and other DCs 3 1-7 days early.
DS's DS (my DGS) was born due date and my DGD (from my DD) was born 39 weeks. So far my DCs pattern is similar to mine. DGC 3 due next year - we shall see!
Interesting thread. I've noticed women's labours are often similar to their DMs.

Purplehonesty Mon 17-Oct-16 00:23:49

My mum had me 3 days after her due date

I had ds 2 weeks after mine and dd 8 days before!

Hmm not very conclusive sorry!

MissElizaBennett Mon 17-Oct-16 00:25:00

Mum: 38+5 (me)
Me: 38+1

Both very quick labours, less than 5 hours from the first contraction to the baby arriving. For both of us our waters broke first too. And both babies were back-to-back! So in our case quite a lot of similarities.

Hopelass Mon 17-Oct-16 00:40:35

My mum went over by 5 days with me.
I had both my DS's early by 3 days and 8 days respectively.

CharminglyGawky Mon 17-Oct-16 00:56:24

I hope I don't follow too closely after my mum or I will giving birth between Christmas and new year, think I'd rather have a January baby closer to the due date!

So far our pregnancies have been opposite, mum fit as a fiddle for first 3 months whilst I only really moved to vomit, mum then really ill for the rest of pregnancy whilst so far I'm fine, mum consultant led where I'm midwife... So I'll probably go to 42 weeks since she gave birth at exactly 38 weeks!

But I know my dates, she didn't, she was also surprised to discover 26 years after the fact that 38 weeks is considered full term so I wasn't really as early as she thought. So it's hard to really guesstimate.

GrouchyKiwi Mon 17-Oct-16 01:09:28

My mother had 6 of us on our due dates - or went into labour on the date - and number 7 was 2 weeks late.

I had my 3 on my due dates.

My sisters, however, have both gone late, my older sister was overdue with her first 3 then on time (I think) with her 4th. My younger sister has 1, who was overdue.

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