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Chance of going into labor at 37 weeks? (Strange question, I know :)

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February 23rd, 2010, 12:30 PM
sophie830's Avatar Sophie
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So we're going to have to fly to Texas when I'm 36 weeks (we live in the North East right now) because DH starts his internship a week after the baby is due. But he's going to have to fly back here when I'm 37 weeks, to take his finals. I'm wondering how common it is to go into labor with your first at 37 weeks? I've heard that first-time babies usually come later rather than early... but I was just reading the post where you all were mentioning when you went into labor and 37 weeks doesn't sound too early! I have no idea if there's some kind of chart somewhere with statistics discussing when women commonly go into labor... but I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping she doesn't come sooner than week 38 ... not sure what to think, though.
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February 23rd, 2010, 03:05 PM
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most first time moms go to 41w4d (from everything ive read, it's also my midwife and ex obgyn's stats)

my daughter was born at 37+1 due to an emergency induction (and we know the exact date of conception so I know i was 37w because we used medical assitance)...and she was nowhere near coming out

however, several mom's in my PR have had their babies naturally at 38-39w. I would say your chances are slim, but i would pack a birth plan and get a copy of your hospital records just in case!

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February 23rd, 2010, 05:34 PM
WhoaMomma!'s Avatar Danielle
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In the vast majority of cases, if you were going to start labor spontaneously that early, there would have been some early indicator like preterm labor, pre-e, etc. Get your OB or CNM to check your cervix at 36 weeks when they do your GBS test. As long as there's no sign of dilation or effacement (and in first timers that early there usually wouldn't be) I'd say you'll probably be A-OK.

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February 24th, 2010, 11:58 AM
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Thanks, you two ! Makes me feel a bit more relieved.
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February 24th, 2010, 08:50 PM
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Well, both of mine were born during the 37th week (37w5d and 37w6d), but I know that's not really normal. My water broke spontaneously both times, so I didn't really have a choice, lol! But the statistical average is over 40 weeks for a first-time-mom, so you're most likely going to be safe!
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February 24th, 2010, 10:18 PM
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The thing is you just never know, like I know most likely I'll still be pregnant half way through June from my past experience, but even I know, there is nothing stopping it from being May, or earlier (scary thought), but I know likely I'll be able to celebrate dh's birthday pregnant, oh joy.

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