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What makes babies come late?

does anyone know?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:31 PM on Jan. 24, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • um the 'due date' is merely an estimate. 'late' may actually be 'on time.'

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:33 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • The exact point of conception is still unknown, and so the due date is an estimate, just as our average gestation is @ 40 weeks. I promise you will know when that baby is ready to come.


    Answer by Teachermom01 at 9:34 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • They come when they are ready. Nothing makes this happen. Pregnancy isn't the same for everyone. Due dates are just a guess, not a guarantee of birth.

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 9:47 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • A due date is also called the "EDD" (Estimated Due Date). It is at 40 weeks which is just a MID-point of the actual 4 week due period of 38-42 weeks. (*1st-time moms average 41 weeks and 1 day, actually!)

    There are various things like mom's health and genetics that will factor in to when baby is ready for birth. But when the baby is mature enough & ready then hormones will work with mother's body (a bunch of coordinating through hormones).

    Usually, a mom's body will slowly prepare over a long time. But baby's come when they're ready, moms and doctors might feel impatient, but baby will come at some point! ;-) For some moms, babies come at 36 or 37 weeks-- and for other moms, babies come at 43 or 44 weeks. 40 weeks is just the mid-point.

    Answer by doulala at 10:09 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • We say that pregnancy is 40 weeks which is where you due date comes from but in reality pregnancies can be anywhere from 37 weeks to 42 weeks and still be in the "normal" range.

    Also unless you chart (FAM, NFP, or just chart to TTC reasons) you don't know exactly when you ovulated and are even less likely to know when the egg inplanted. Most docs come up with due dates based on LMP and the idea that all women ovulate at CD 14 which couldn't be farther from the truth.

    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 11:17 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

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