Average day of spontaneous labor vs. age of mother at time of birth

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I read somewhere that maternal age has something to do with when labor sets in, so I included it in the survey. I found nothing terribly interesting or conclusive.

This sort of validated my decision to keep the survey simple and not consider every little thing in the world that people are curious about. Could the average day change depending on your age, ethnicity, whether you were on the pill, country of origin, etc? Maybe. But we're talking about something where with a standard deviation of over a week here... about the same number of people give birth on day 279 as on day 287. So if some random thing changes the average by 2 days will that knowledge help make your due date any more accurate? I'm thinking no.


Data table - Average lenth of pregnancy per age

Age# of participantsAverage day of spontaneous laborAverage day including ± 1 year of age
12 1 29041W,3D27739W,4D
12.5 1 28741W,0D27739W,4D
13 2 26437W,5D27339W,0D
13.5 1 28340W,3D27038W,4D
14 2 27739W,4D27238W,6D
14.5 3 26337W,4D27339W,0D
15 17 26838W,2D27439W,1D
15.5 21 27639W,3D27539W,2D
16 35 27439W,1D27539W,2D
16.5 39 27539W,2D27539W,2D
17 86 27639W,3D27639W,3D
17.5 71 27739W,4D27639W,3D
18 93 27439W,1D27639W,3D
18.5 118 27639W,3D27639W,3D
19 157 27639W,3D27639W,3D
19.5 162 27639W,3D27639W,3D
20 171 27639W,3D27639W,3D
20.5 201 27639W,3D27639W,3D
21 230 27739W,4D27639W,3D
21.5 210 27639W,3D27639W,3D
22 219 27639W,3D27639W,3D
22.5 230 27639W,3D27739W,4D
23 248 27639W,3D27739W,4D
23.5 232 27739W,4D27739W,4D
24 234 27939W,6D27739W,4D
24.5 296 27739W,4D27739W,4D
25 270 27739W,4D27839W,5D
25.5 270 27939W,6D27839W,5D
26 303 27739W,4D27839W,5D
26.5 333 27839W,5D27839W,5D
27 372 27839W,5D27839W,5D
27.5 365 27939W,6D27839W,5D
28 375 27939W,6D27939W,6D
28.5 402 27939W,6D27939W,6D
29 434 27939W,6D27939W,6D
29.5 415 27939W,6D27939W,6D
30 395 27939W,6D27939W,6D
30.5 416 27839W,5D27939W,6D
31 417 27939W,6D27939W,6D
31.5 359 28040W,0D27939W,6D
32 338 28040W,0D27939W,6D
32.5 346 28040W,0D28040W,0D
33 326 28040W,0D28040W,0D
33.5 266 28040W,0D28040W,0D
34 266 27939W,6D28040W,0D
34.5 201 27939W,6D28040W,0D
35 164 28040W,0D28040W,0D
35.5 149 28040W,0D28040W,0D
36 112 28040W,0D28040W,0D
36.5 103 28040W,0D28040W,0D
37 84 28140W,1D28040W,0D
37.5 67 27939W,6D28040W,0D
38 83 27839W,5D28040W,0D
38.5 70 28040W,0D27939W,6D
39 53 27939W,6D27939W,6D
39.5 44 28040W,0D27939W,6D
40 45 28040W,0D27939W,6D
40.5 32 28040W,0D27939W,6D
41 60 27939W,6D27939W,6D
41.5 49 27839W,5D27939W,6D
42 44 27939W,6D27939W,6D
42.5 29 27939W,6D27839W,5D
43 38 27839W,5D27939W,6D
43.5 25 27839W,5D27939W,6D
44 17 27739W,4D27839W,5D
44.5 21 28240W,2D27839W,5D
45 15 28040W,0D27939W,6D
45.5 19 27639W,3D27939W,6D
46 4 28440W,4D28040W,0D

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