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How We Calculate Due Dates

The general assumption now is that a woman should have a baby by 40 weeks gestation. This is based on a decades old assumption that is not necessarily based in fact but rather tradition. The method of calculating due dates most commonly used is known as Naegele's Rule and you can read more about it here.

  • If you read the description you will find that: There are some imperfections in it that make it more of a rough estimate than an exact calculator
  • Recent studies have shown that the average gestation is closer to 41 weeks and one day for first time mothers rather than 40 weeks.

What is the big deal about being post dates?

Officially you are not actually overdue until you go past 42 weeks! Yes- read that again- you are not overdue until you go past 42 weeks. Yet currently you will have a hard time finding a care provider that will "let" (I hate that term) you go past 41 weeks. So now, instead of 40 weeks being considered an average, give or a take a few weeks, you pretty much are expected to deliver by 41 weeks or induction is on the horizon.

Here is some information on the risks and benefits of a pitocin induction.

What is going on here? Truthfully there are some risks to going overdue, they are however statistically small for most women. In fact, one article I found stated that:

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NaturallyBorn Editor

So, you want to give birth naturally? Wonderful! The benefits of a natural, unmedicated birth affect not only your baby, but you as well. In general, natural births boast of faster recovery rates for mom, and an easier time starting breastfeeding for mom and baby. Naturally born babies are more alert at birth and often are calmer. 

However, there is more to giving birth naturally than showing up to the hospital in labor, or calling your midwife for your home birth. The more preparation that you do before hand, the more likely you are to successfully give birth naturally.

Chantal Lisette

Breastfeeding During Pregnancy

"You ARE going to stop breastfeeding her, aren't you?”

Those were the first words uttered by my daughter's pediatrician during her 18 month checkup as soon as he found out I was pregnant.

"Not a fat chance, Mister", I thought, but I simply smiled and nodded in reply. I would rather have him leave me alone than hear a sermon that I would not agree with.

Unfortunately, his reaction is quite typical. Even though studies show more and more women are choosing to breastfeed up to the 6 month recommendation with an average of 49% in the U.S; and even 27% of women are now continuing to breastfeed their infants at 12 months , many women are uncomfortable with the idea of breastfeeding a toddler and even more so while pregnant. Some might even think breastfeeding while pregnant is dangerous.

NaturallyBorn Editor


Each week we scour the internet for videos that will inspire, entertain or educate. Today, Stephanie Tallent of beeyoutiful.com shows us an easy way to prevent heartburn during pregnancy.

Dayna Copeland

iStock 000003729698XSmallMorning sickness is said to be one of the first tell-tale signs of early pregnancy, and it is a symptom that can be experienced by almost every expectant mother at one point or another. Ranging from mild nausea all the way to daily bouts of vomiting, morning sickness can be simply annoying or downright debilitating. What can a mom-to-be do to get relief in the first trimester? Read about these natural morning sickness remedies and try them for yourself.

 

1. Ginger - Eating small amounts of ginger can help calm a swirling stomach. Try sipping a glass of ginger ale or nibbling on a few ginger snaps. Drink some ginger tea or even nosh on some raw ginger (if you can stomach it.)

2. Protein - Beginning your day with a small serving of protein can give your stomach legs to stand on. Avoiding too many sweets and simple carbohydrates, especially in the morning, will work to keep your blood sugar regulated, helping you avoid spikes and sudden bouts of nausea.

3. Motion Sickness Bands - Can't make it through a day of work without feeling dizzy and seasick? Try wearing motion sickness bands around your wrists. Often used by people who suffer from vertigo or other motion sickness related ailments, these bands help your body adjust to changes in your environment.

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