Jeannette - posted on 06/21/2011 ( 36 moms have responded )
I have to rant. There is this woman on facebook (my husband's cousin) who is 38 weeks pregnant and keeps talking about how she wants the baby to come already. Granted 38 weeks is full term, however it is possible that the date could be off and she was talking about how she wouldn't have minded if he came a month early. I don't know why she wouldn't want him to go to 40 weeks, which is in most cases, best for the baby. This is her fourth pregnancy.
I just feel like I see this a lot. Out of most of the people I know, I'm the only one who wanted my son to stay in for 40 weeks. (He ended up coming at 39 weeks 3 days.) I know I had a pretty easy pregnancy and I wasn't having any troubles at the end of the pregnancy, so I cannot say for sure what she/other women feel like at that point. Yes, full term babies (before 40 weeks) can be and are usually fine, but why risk it? Even at 40 weeks, there can be problems. 2 of my friends had their babies on their due dates and the babies had to go to NICU, so either way things can happen.
I don't know, I just feel like when you are pregnant, you should try for the best for your baby and the best (if you and the baby are healthy) is 40 weeks.