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How Many People Actually Carry To Full Term?

17 October 2009 17 Responses

A Parent asks, I’m curious how many people actually make it to 40 weeks? Most of the people I know only carried to about 38 weeks. Unusual or normal? Just curious.

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  • Jade Orchid said:


    Anywhere between 38 and 42 weeks is considered full term.
    I have had three children, and all were born in the 40th week- the first came four days before her due date, the second came the day before his due date and the third came on her due date.

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  • BraxOwl said:


    I am in the Medical Field Work for an OB/GYN and Mother of 3
    A Due Date is NOTHING but a guesstimate
    We add 2 weeks either way meaning you can deliver at 38 weeks or even go up to 42 weeks if there are NO complications
    I was actually over due with my first
    It is normal to deliver at 38 weeks

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  • CHAR L said:


    I was 2 weeks late with my first and still had to be induced. She still didn’t want to come out. The doctor had to give me 3 rounds of pitocin and I was still in labor 17 hours. First time Moms typically are later, unless there is any health risks, etc where the doctor would want to induce you earlier. If it is not your first baby, usally 37 to 40 weeks is normal.

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  • *Alyssa* Due with 2nd on 1/31/10 said:


    Just depends on the person i think.. almost everyone i know went full term of over. I had my baby an hour before his due date even though i went intr pre labor a few times and my doc didn’t think id make it to 35 weeks!
    Only 5% of babies are born on their due date.
    25 % of babies are born before their due date.
    70% of babies are born later than their due date.
    p.s. 37 weeks is considered full turm
    good luck and congrats! :)

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  • Lizzie(Caels Mommy<3) said:


    most people i know go overdue lol but it all depends on when baby is ready. i hope to go on time or early as if i go overdue it could be christmas day or boxing day if i go 2 weeks over and i want to be able to have a glass of wine and relax and not be heavily pregnant

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  • preg with surro babe due 12/12 said:


    My sister goes past 40 weeks everytime (but my mom said so did she) I, however, was 38.3 with the first and 36.6 with the second and they were both ready and perfect (no hospital stay, no health issues). so it really depends on your body, and your baby. Everyone doesn’t go to 40 weeks….
    -hbb

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  • hot black babe said:


    I made it to 38 weeks with my first child, induced 10 days early with my second. My sister went 37 and 39 weeks with her two. My step sister is being induced today and she’s 38 weeks. I don’t know anyone who made it to 40 weeks.

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  • njyecats said:


    Normal full term is 38-42 weeks, 90% of women make it to those dates.
    I made it to 41.5 and 41.7 weeks, most women I know made it to at least 40 weeks.

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  • Ethel said:


    I will. My doctor has already discussed how long he will let me go over my due date.
    My son just doesn’t want to come out at all.
    I know many many people who have gone past their due date. I don’t think early or late is more common – at least not amongst the people I know.

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  • djeter_g said:


    Almost everyone I know carried babies after their due date. My due date is this Thursday (August 20th) but I think I will be past it, since I do not have any contractions, I haven’t dropped yet or dialated :( Hopefully miracle will happen :)

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  • iriska said:


    Im 40 weeks lol. My doctor told me that most first time moms come late. And other women who have had children come earlier.

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  • New Mommy said:


    38 is still considered full term. I was induced at 38 weeks with my first son.

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  • Due 11/16 w/ another boy!! said:


    I went to 41 weeks with my second.
    38 weeks with my first

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  • Josephin said:


    I had my son at exactly 38 weeks. 38 weeks+ is considered full term.

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  • Lovin my life as a mommy! said:


    my frist baby i made it to a day before my due date

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  • # 4 due 11/12/09 said:


    your first pregnancy is usualy full term..i think unless your active, i was 3 days shy from my due date

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  • Mrs. Mommy said:


    well 37 weeks is srtill considered full termhttp://www.babycenter.com/6_your-pregnan…
    37 weeks is full term. idiots

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