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
16 20 27439W,1D27639W,3D
16.5 40 27539W,2D27639W,3D
17 89 27739W,4D27639W,3D
17.5 73 27739W,4D27639W,3D
18 100 27439W,1D27639W,3D
18.5 122 27639W,3D27639W,3D
19 166 27639W,3D27639W,3D
19.5 166 27639W,3D27639W,3D
20 177 27639W,3D27639W,3D
20.5 204 27639W,3D27639W,3D
21 233 27739W,4D27639W,3D
21.5 213 27639W,3D27639W,3D
22 225 27639W,3D27639W,3D
22.5 236 27739W,4D27739W,4D
23 250 27639W,3D27739W,4D
23.5 238 27739W,4D27739W,4D
24 242 27939W,6D27739W,4D
24.5 305 27739W,4D27739W,4D
25 274 27739W,4D27839W,5D
25.5 277 27939W,6D27839W,5D
26 310 27739W,4D27839W,5D
26.5 342 27839W,5D27839W,5D
27 385 27839W,5D27839W,5D
27.5 369 27939W,6D27839W,5D
28 385 27939W,6D27939W,6D
28.5 405 27939W,6D27939W,6D
29 439 27939W,6D27939W,6D
29.5 420 27939W,6D27939W,6D
30 408 27939W,6D27939W,6D
30.5 427 27839W,5D27939W,6D
31 422 27939W,6D27939W,6D
31.5 367 28040W,0D27939W,6D
32 351 28040W,0D27939W,6D
32.5 362 28040W,0D28040W,0D
33 334 27939W,6D28040W,0D
33.5 271 28040W,0D28040W,0D
34 271 27939W,6D28040W,0D
34.5 203 27939W,6D28040W,0D
35 168 28040W,0D28040W,0D
35.5 158 28040W,0D28040W,0D
36 115 28040W,0D28040W,0D
36.5 108 28040W,0D28040W,0D
37 85 28140W,1D28040W,0D
37.5 68 27939W,6D28040W,0D
38 83 27839W,5D28040W,0D
38.5 71 28040W,0D27939W,6D
39 53 27939W,6D27939W,6D
39.5 46 28040W,0D27939W,6D
40 45 28040W,0D27939W,6D
40.5 32 28040W,0D27939W,6D
41 60 27939W,6D27939W,6D
41.5 51 27839W,5D27939W,6D
42 44 27939W,6D27939W,6D
42.5 30 27939W,6D27839W,5D
43 39 27839W,5D27839W,5D
43.5 25 27839W,5D27939W,6D
44 17 27739W,4D27839W,5D
44.5 22 28240W,2D27839W,5D
45 15 28040W,0D27939W,6D
45.5 19 27639W,3D27939W,6D
46 4 28440W,4D28040W,0D

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