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Friday, February 20, 2009

Baby Picks Own Day of Birth

One of the biggest obstacles to natural birth is misunderstanding your "due date." A due date does not mean there is only one safe day for your baby to be born. It is meant to establish a range of time that your baby is mature and safe to be born. Because modern obstetrics narrows this to a specific day, unnecessary interventions, like inducing labor, come into practice.

In a well-nourished, low risk pregnancy it is normal for your baby to be born between 37 and 42 weeks gestation*. Many natural events take place within your body during the last weeks of pregnancy to prepare you for labor. Allow time for the natural process to occur.

Use this due date calculator, if you please:
http://www.mothersnaturally.org/naturalPregnancy/dueDateCalculator.php
Kelly K, CD (CBI)

1 comments:

thoughts of amy said...

Now, if I could get people to realize that and stop asking me at every turn when I was due! It's stressing me out,and I'm starting to get a bit of an attitude with people because they keep asking when he's coming and of course, they want to know his due date. I just started saying "I don't know." and walking away.