Due dates are not an exact science; they are an educated guess. Just like baby weights (we all have that friend who was told her baby was 9 pounds and it turned out to be 7), it's impossible to medically predict when a baby will be born. I think that we are so conditioned to early babies-from preemies to 40 week inductions-that a baby being born after 40 weeks is an anomaly. Which is nuts because the due date is just the middle date. My dear friend R went to 42 weeks with her last LO, a posterior little fella we call Pip. She's like me, doing things the old fashioned way. No hospital, no needles, none of that hoopla.
Here are a list of factors I think are keeping my baby in:
- Princess was a 41 w 3 day induction and Squirrel was a 40w induction. My babies have a 50% rate of going past the due date.
- Popcorn is posterior. It's possible that the little noggin simply isn't putting enough pressure on my cervix to get things...popping. Pun intended.
- I've not gone into labor with a child under 8 lbs. Astronaut was 8 lb 2 oz and Side Salad was 9 lb 1 oz. The girls were smaller, 7 lbs 9 oz and 6 lb 13 oz. Maybe my uterus has a weight trigger.
- I had a stomach virus yesterday and I'm not back on solid food yet. Maybe my body is cutting me some slack because I am too weak to have a baby today.
- Easter is coming. Why not show up on a holiday?
- I have a luxury womb. Why leave? Ever.