The most important question I was trying to answer with the survey was this: "When is a baby most likely to spontaneously show up?" The graph above shows the percentages, based on 8805 responses. 6685 of the deliveries were as a result of labor occuring spontaneously. The chart only shows these deliveries, which is why the percentages do not add up to 100%, because only 76% of participants had spontaneous (non-induced) labor.
The statistics right now are as follows:
|Day||Week||Births||Running Total||Percent||Running Total %|
|245||35W,0D||12||12||0.1 %||0.1 %|
|246||35W,1D||15||27||0.2 %||0.3 %|
|247||35W,2D||9||36||0.1 %||0.4 %|
|248||35W,3D||19||55||0.2 %||0.6 %|
|249||35W,4D||15||70||0.2 %||0.8 %|
|250||35W,5D||17||87||0.2 %||1 %|
|251||35W,6D||15||102||0.2 %||1.2 %|
|252||36W,0D||25||127||0.3 %||1.4 %|
|253||36W,1D||19||146||0.2 %||1.7 %|
|254||36W,2D||27||173||0.3 %||2 %|
|255||36W,3D||36||209||0.4 %||2.4 %|
|256||36W,4D||28||237||0.3 %||2.7 %|
|257||36W,5D||31||268||0.4 %||3 %|
|258||36W,6D||31||299||0.4 %||3.4 %|
|259||37W,0D||47||346||0.5 %||3.9 %|
|260||37W,1D||47||393||0.5 %||4.5 %|
|261||37W,2D||45||438||0.5 %||5 %|
|262||37W,3D||69||507||0.8 %||5.8 %|
|263||37W,4D||76||583||0.9 %||6.6 %|
|264||37W,5D||60||643||0.7 %||7.3 %|
|265||37W,6D||95||738||1.1 %||8.4 %|
|266||38W,0D||102||840||1.2 %||9.5 %|
|267||38W,1D||99||939||1.1 %||10.7 %|
|268||38W,2D||93||1032||1.1 %||11.7 %|
|269||38W,3D||134||1166||1.5 %||13.2 %|
|270||38W,4D||166||1332||1.9 %||15.1 %|
|271||38W,5D||148||1480||1.7 %||16.8 %|
|272||38W,6D||188||1668||2.1 %||18.9 %|
|273||39W,0D||207||1875||2.4 %||21.3 %|
|274||39W,1D||187||2062||2.1 %||23.4 %|
|275||39W,2D||204||2266||2.3 %||25.7 %|
|276||39W,3D||248||2514||2.8 %||28.6 %|
|277||39W,4D||277||2791||3.1 %||31.7 %|
|278||39W,5D||272||3063||3.1 %||34.8 %|
|279||39W,6D||319||3382||3.6 %||38.4 %|
|280||40W,0D||347||3729||3.9 %||42.4 %|
|281||40W,1D||333||4062||3.8 %||46.1 %|
|282||40W,2D||296||4358||3.4 %||49.5 %|
|283||40W,3D||286||4644||3.2 %||52.7 %|
|284||40W,4D||265||4909||3 %||55.8 %|
|285||40W,5D||274||5183||3.1 %||58.9 %|
|286||40W,6D||273||5456||3.1 %||62 %|
|287||41W,0D||279||5735||3.2 %||65.1 %|
|288||41W,1D||195||5930||2.2 %||67.3 %|
|289||41W,2D||160||6090||1.8 %||69.2 %|
|290||41W,3D||165||6255||1.9 %||71 %|
|291||41W,4D||125||6380||1.4 %||72.5 %|
|292||41W,5D||89||6469||1 %||73.5 %|
|293||41W,6D||70||6539||0.8 %||74.3 %|
|294||42W,0D||59||6598||0.7 %||74.9 %|
|295||42W,1D||23||6621||0.3 %||75.2 %|
|296||42W,2D||22||6643||0.2 %||75.4 %|
|297||42W,3D||13||6656||0.1 %||75.6 %|
|298||42W,4D||11||6667||0.1 %||75.7 %|
|299||42W,5D||6||6673||0.1 %||75.8 %|
|300||42W,6D||3||6676||0 %||75.8 %|
|301||43W,0D||9||6685||0.1 %||75.9 %|
Due Date Survey DataDue date statistics: A study on the length of pregnancy
Probability of delivery resulting from spontaneous labor after 35 weeks
Probability of delivery within x days of a given date
Length of pregnancy by week
Spontaneous labor and due date determination
Length of pregnancy, comparing subsequent births for individual moms
Length of pregnancy for first time vs. second & third time moms
Length of pregnancy, type of delivery
Gestation vs. Birthweight
Probablity of Induction after a given day
Average day of spontaneous labor vs. age of mother at time of birth
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What's the most common day of the week for babies to be born?
I'm still pregnant at 40W. What's it mean?
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Are boys or girls born later?
Subsequent pregnancy date search
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No good-sport-ness needed at all! This is exactly the sort of advice I was hoping for.
I linked to the RIE educator blogs because some of the specific things they've discussed have really hit home for me--the difference between comforting a crying baby and trying to shut them up, for example, or the need to sit on one's hands (I have a terrible problem with doing-for around other adults, never mind kids!), or the videos of actual adults and kids interacting. I definitely find that more (potentially) useful than the more general philosophical/marketing stuff.
In my experience "real" contractions are pretty much the whole uterus (top, bottom and lower back). I remember reading somewhere that the ones that get you dilated from 0-7/8 cm are largely the muscles pulling up, trying to stretch the cervix out. As a result many people largely do feel them most strongly at the top of their belly. Whether you feel them strongly in your back or not depends on how the baby is positioned. If you've heard the term "back labor" that usually happens if the back of the baby's head is pressed up against your spine (less common than when the baby's face is on the spine). The contractions that take you from 7 or 8 cm to 10 - i.e. the ones in the part of labor known as "transition" - do tend to be lower down (and also more painful). That said, I think there is A LOT of variation in experience...
I am actually a big fan of the wonder weeks. I found it better than most popular level books looking at infant development. My son was right on the clock for the fussy/happy times, and it was interesting to look for the new skills that I might not have noticed if I hadn't been watching for them.
On the other hand, I stumbled upon this accidentally, so didn't have any hype surrounding it. I also read the author biographies before picking up the book, so took everything with a grain of salt knowing that 1) the authors specialized in chimpanzees, not humans, and developed their theories based on chimps; 2) the bulk of the research is greater than 20 years old and so much of the book is out-dated; and 3) given #'s 1&2, incidental parenting advice had to be filtered.
That said, I still found the book useful and regularly recommend it to people.
A parent in my Kindergarten class would bring us homemade purple play dough that smelled like grape!
Thanks! I was going to put my labor story in Random but never got around to it. I can try to do it soon - it's written out already so just a matter of editing.
Yes you must! I'm happy to hear from you, hope everything went and is going well
Hi again y'all. Now I have a two month old. Another photo? OK!
So. Things are better. Still not great, but
While I haven't replied directly to posts here, I have read everything and taken much of it to heart. I sincerely appreciate the support. I feel super lonely because it seems like moms around here come in super boring ("daytime TV is great!") or super crunchy ("don't vaccinate!") varieties. I hang out with LLL but don't take them and their philosophy too seriously.
I'm definitely in the "happy healthy child is my only goal" camp. I know some people who are superstars in their chosen fields. From what I can tell, being a superstar is completely exhausting and often really psychologically taxing. So if my kid isn't naturally inclined that way, I certainly don't intend to push them.
If I'm hoping for anything, I hope they'll end up being a quirky artsy/techy type like just about everyone else in the family. But my brother's a corporate lawyer and I love him anyway, so even if our kid turns out to be a white sheep, they'll just bond with Uncle A and it'll all be fine.
We used/still use our diaper bag quite a lot.
For our little guy's first year of life we were urban dwellers and I would often go out for half a day at a time. I would take a diaper for every hour I planned to be out of the house plus one, which was too much for the clutch. I needed a change pad, since he was often changed in nasty places, wipes, hand sanitizer (for changes away from running water), Kleenex, and disposal bags. He needed spare clothes, I needed a spare shirt (discovered after an emergency, useful many times afterwards), and it was useful to have a plastic bag for clothes which were victims of a diaper explosion. For longer days out I would bring two spares for him (and did have days where I used both). I would also have a nursing cover and a blanket in there. We also had a stroller cover for napping which was quite handy when we were taking the stroller as opposed to a carrier. And then there was my stuff, like my wallet, phone, lip balm, keys, granola bar, etc... I did pack the camera, and was often glad for it. Nearly all of our first year pics were from our little excursions.
Thanks for the tips. It's not so much getting to sleep that's the problem, it's staying that way that is causing the issue - too many things waking me up. I seem to be in a bit of a pattern now of alternating good and bad nights, which I guess I can live with. Meanwhile, Netflix is getting a damn good workout in the early hours.
Thanks, I love the part about not being able to lower the tray table all the way I never would have thought of that.
Normally, my doctor said not to do aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief, but only tylenol (acetemenophen) and even that only if -absolutely- needed after trying other remedies (like heat pack, cold pack, resting with lights closed eyes shut, etc). But the directions for flying specifically say to take one baby aspirin (81mg) a day for three days before the flight as well as the day of the flight to prevent blood clots. My guess is the risk of such a small dose is outweighed by the benefit of not getting blood clots for this particular situation.
Mine started walking. SO not ready for two kids running around getting into things.
Stay little longer!
Eek and here I was about to say this felt like a tame version of Mother Lover.
Sorry to CPR a dying thread, but I came across this, and thought I'd share.
http://www.henriettes-herb.com/blog/pos ... ssion.html
Pre and post-partum depression have similar reasons, physically speaking. Check nutrition first.
I'm finding it interesting that some people I've encountered (online) presume that if they know one of your pregnancy or parenting preferences or opinions, they can extrapolate them all. For example, in discussing pain relief options recently, after expressing my desire not to have an epidural it was also assumed that I would forego vaccinations for my child and would be automatically pro home VBAC. When I made it clear that this wasn't the case, people were more annoyed than they would have been had I just said I wanted an epidural. There seems to be a really odd sort of tribalism around many of these choices, and a strange playground mentality whereby you can't deviate from the 'norm' (made harder to navigate because different groups have very different norms). For me, my preference to go without an epidural is not out of any desire to have a more natural experience but more because I want to be able to walk around and I find the idea of having a catheter just horrible. That doesn't mean that I judge anyone else's choices or motives that differ from mine, though. I do think it's worth remembering that people may make identical choices for very different reasons.