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39 weeks pregnant

This due date is one week away. Today we are in May, the month I've been picturing this whole time for when I'll have this baby, and I'm thrilled to have made it to May, it's special to me.

Last night the new rocking chair we ordered came in and we got it all put together in the living room, and it's in the corner waiting, I got the baby clothes washed and in drawers, but I keep thinking of other stuff we need to get done... wash the baby bathtub, replace our air filter, wash out the air conditioner, install baby seat in the car, etc etc etc.

My ongoing obsession with due date statistics has told me one thing: that the best "sign" there is that you're going to go into labor is that you're about 40 weeks pregnant. Only 20-25% of babies show up in the weeks before Week 39. Then it's a landslide, quickly rounds to 4% per day just showing up, as many babies show up at 39 weeks X days as all the weeks before that combined, week 40 is the same, until you hit 41 weeks and 80% of the babies are born. There are no other dependable signs that you're going into labor, no magical induction methods. It doesn't matter if it's a full moon, that you just had spicy food, that your cervix is dilated to one or four, that you feel like "nesting".

I had no signs of labor with Josie, not a single braxton-hicks contraction or anything different coming out of me or even mother's intuition. I was 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and after a normal day just started feeling crampy after dinner. 10-12 hours later, there she was. If I go into labor at the same time with this one, that would mean I'll be calling into work Monday morning.

Or she could be a little late and I would be fine with that, actually making it to 40 weeks exactly would be pretty cool, the day after my due date is May 9th which would be a great easy day to remember.

Josie herself, who is still convinced she's getting a brother despite what the ultrasound said, told me last night that the baby will be here in four days. Maybe she just likes the number four? I'll give the kid credit for committing to an opinion, that's for sure.

Then in the middle of all this I remember what a dear woman told me last time I was pregnant, approaching my due date, and hearing everyone's predictions: that pregnancy means months of planning, analysis, theorizing, brainstorming, gathering advice, preparing, and checking... but that it will all go out of your head. it won't matter. you will have your own birth story.



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May. 1st, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
I did not recognize Braxton Higgs contractions until a friend pointed one out during her second pregnancy. I noticed that my friend's stomach was becoming very tight and round as we were walking. She said that this was a Braxton Higgs contraction and that she was having a lot of them. This had happened to me too, but I didn't know what it was because I expected a Braxton Higgs contraction to be painful.
May. 1st, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
"Mother's intuition" is strange to me (and I asked my mother, who is actually a mom, and she always thought it was a little weird, too, and weirder still how many moms actually rely on it instead of seeking the opinion of someone with actual knowledge on whatever their "intuition" is telling them). For example, someone on my friend's list on FB was asking about one of her children's medications, because she had some concerns and questions. A friend of hers actually responded "Go with your MAMA INTUITION." And I'm like um, call a pediatrician, omg.

Edited at 2013-05-01 02:08 pm (UTC)
May. 1st, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Well, 5/4 is a cool birthday- "May the fourth be with you!!"
May. 1st, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
I had no signs of labor with Josie, not a single braxton-hicks contraction or anything different coming out of me or even mother's intuition. I was 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and after a normal day just started feeling crampy after dinner. 10-12 hours later, there she was.

Shift the numbers around a bit and that was Gwen. I found your LJ through obsessively checking the due date stats (because I like numbers and the stats were interesting and I liked seeing how they changed as each day went on and I didn't have a baby). I'd had a midwife appointment Monday morning, she was due Saturday, and I had another appointment for the following Monday in case there was no baby yet. I'd been having weak and irregular B-Hs in the evening for weeks. I'd wondered in passing if I'd know when a "real" contraction arrived, and I woke up at 3:39am Friday morning knowing that the answer was "Yes". A few hours after that came the mucus plug, a few after that the midwives, they broke my water, and 9 hours, 32 minutes after I'd woken up, I had a daughter.

I hope your second labor is as smooth and convenient as your first!
May. 2nd, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
that's how i met her too!!!!!!

one pretty accurate sign of labor is bloody show. if you see red/pink when you wipe, labor usually begins within 24 hours. the most I've ever ever heard is 3-4 days but that is extremely unusual. its never weeks and weeks.

BUT don't confuse bloody show with the spotting you can sometimes get from sex or an exam. that's brownish.

good luck! i pick may 10
May. 2nd, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
My first bloody show was shortly before the midwives arrived and upon measuring found I was dilated 9.5 cm! :)
May. 2nd, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
yeah, not everyone notices it or gets it at all. but if you DO see it, you don't have two more weeks of pregnancy lying ahead of you
May. 1st, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
May the 4th would be easy to remember too...May the 4th be with you all.
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