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  • Writer's pictureStefanie McMillin

Due Dates

Did you know that the 40-week due date is not actually evidence-based? It is only a guess. That is why it’s called an estimated due date. Not everyone ovulates at the same time in their cycles nor do all pregnant people gestate babies for the same length of time.

Everyone’s physiology is different. And guess what? The average first-time mom will go 8 days past their estimated due date. In my opinion, the language we should be using is due date window or a due month. This removes the pressure from birthing people and allows them to trust their body, versus steadily increasing their anxiety as their due date approaches.

Our language matters. Especially when it comes to birth ❤️

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