In Hypnobabies we refer to EDD (Estimated Due Dates) as Guess Dates. There is really a 5 week window in which a baby can come and be considered full term. From 37-42 weeks is normal. So I actually like to say a Guess MONTH!
My first baby was a preemie, born at 34 weeks. So when I was pregnant with Carson, I really wanted to go full term, but I never imagined I would have him at 42 weeks. His “due date” was August 18th. I always said, “He will be born somtime in August.” He was, he squeaked in on August 31st.
When I was pregnant with Bryson I figured I would probably go to 42 weeks again. He was due the beginning of October. I had 2 friends who were “due” the same time I was. They both had their babies the beginning of October. I remember vividly being at a soccer game, seeing my friend with her 2 week old baby and me still being HUGELY pregnant. I was ok with it, because mentally I told myself, he will be here by Halloween. It seemed like all my friends were freaking out that I was still pregnant, but because of my mindshift of a “guess month” I was pretty zen about it.
I really recommend that moms be vague about their “due date” or if pressed add 2 weeks to it. I would try to tell people I am due in October and they would say, “But WHEN?” So I would say, “He will be here by Halloween.”
How did they come up with due dates anyway? Are they accurate? But if I go past 40 weeks it might be bad for the baby. These are all questions that come up with regards to due dates. Here is a great article giving the answers to these questions and more.
Remember it isn’t an Expiration Date, it is a Guess Date!