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A question for those who know...

Doing some research for a game (no surprise there) and I have an question about pregnancy for those who know.

I've been told that a persons first pregnancy is most likely to go over term, and the later ones run closer to "normal" schedule. Is this true, reversed or just plain rubbish?

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ozisim
Jul. 24th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
was true in the case of my family.
I was 2 weeks over, and my little sister was premi.
My brother doesn't count.
fireflyfaery
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry, love, nothing handy in the textbooks; but I do know that /labour/ is almost certainly longer the first time around, so make sure that's not what you're thinking of!

When in doubt, wikipedia's actually pretty accurate for this sorta thing, or try emedicine.com. If you want to be absolutely sure, I can give you a few links; but unless you really love trawling through scientific papers, your head will probably explode.
vampyrecat
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
There may be a very slight skewing toward the first pregnancy going over term, but the "normal" due date is just the top of the bell curve.

Doctors are getting better at predicting actual due dates because they now have access to more accurate fetal ages based on ultrasound/sonogram measurements of the fetus at about 20 weeks.
missedangel
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
Willow was four weeks early...she arrived the day after I handed out the baby shower invites. I think it's a wives tale.
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missingkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
From what I've heard all over the place that's meant to be true. The reverse was true for me personally, though.
crazyjane13
Jul. 26th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
more than you ever wanted to know :-)
Rubbish. There is no "normal" schedule for pregnancy.

The due date is calculated based on the time of the woman's last menstrual period (LMP) + 40 weeks. The problem there is that the time between the LMP and the next ovulation (when fertilisation takes place) can be anywhere from 4-20 days.

Any time in the last week is considered "due", or on time. Many, many women go way past this date, regardless of which pregnancy it is. Often, doctors will recommend women on their second or subsequent pregnancies be induced into labour, usually for entirely spurious health reasons. Unless the child or mother are showing signs of distress (due to nutritional problems, placenta dying off, etc), there's no reason to intervene - but doctors are really, really good at terrifying women with what "might" happen.

This is the same kind of thinking that pushes women to set a firm date for an elective Caesarean if they don't deliver "on time". Scare-mongering coupled with a lack of empathy on the doctor's part (because it's awfully inconvenient sitting around waiting).

With the first pregnancy, there's an assumption that the woman may well not know accurately the date of her LMP - hence a bit more flexibility is allowed, though they closely monitor in the last couple of weeks.
aeduna
Jul. 26th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
Re: more than you ever wanted to know :-)
Its also a scheduling thing for the hospital. Things are much more convenient if they can get the birth happening to a schedule, no overbooking or underbooking on the beds, etc. (note: don't think this is good, but its not always the doctor specifically)
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