All About You

According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), “the average length of pregnancy is 280 days, or 40 weeks from the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period.” But it can often be very difficult to predict the exact date of conception. So very often babies are born after (sometimes well after!) their due dates. Did you know that only five percent of American babies are born on their due dates?

So what do you do if your due date comes and goes, and still no Baby? This is a good time to read up on your life postpartum. Not just how your new life with baby will be (chances are you’re already a graduate of the School of Newborn Studies by now!), but what your body will be like in the fourth trimester, too. You’ve gone through the most dramatic physical change of your life to date, and things won’t be the same for quite awhile.

Here’s what you need to know.

After your baby is born, your body will take awhile to bounce back, especially if you’ve had a C-section.

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Q & A

Got questions about Week 41? Other women have wondered…

Q: Can you tell me why I have not gone into labor with 3 cm of dilation? I have many friends who have gone into labor just after being dilated to 1 cm in their first pregnancy!

One woman’s 1 cm cervix follows a whole different set of rules than another woman’s 3 cm cervix, so you can’t compare female apples with female oranges.There’s nothing wrong with asking for an induction with such a favorable cervix. Certainly the baby’s mature by now, so there’s no worry over prematurity. Read more about cervix dilation and the stages of labor.