Question: How likely is it that my baby will be early?

About 11 percent deliver prematurely. Experts arent sure why some women go into labor early. Possible risk factors include carrying multiples or having an abnormally shaped uterus.

Will my next baby come early?

But if your first child was full term or even a few weeks early, theres no indication that the second will come sooner. “In fact, babies love to surprise their mothers and then sometimes come late!” she says. “The initiation of labor is a very complex process and doesnt always follow a pattern.”

Is your first baby more likely to be early or late?

The results showed that a firstborn baby has a 15 to 16 percent chance of being born late, compared with a 9 or 10 percent chance for other babies. Most babies were born at 39 weeks of pregnancy. However, the study also found that firstborns were also more likely to be born early, at 37 weeks or earlier.

What week does the average first-time mom give birth?

About half of first-time mothers will give birth by 40 weeks and 5 days after the first day of their last menstrual period, with the other half giving birth after that time point.

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