When is ‘full term’ in France?
Yesterday was Bastille Day in France.
Did you know that the way we calculate (I say ‘we’ because I’m French ) pregnant women’s due date in France is different from the way it’s done in the UK?
Full term in France is 41 weeks, not 40.
So do you know what this means?
That women tend to be anxious for a WHOLE WEEK less than in the UK.
Because do you know what else?
On average, babies are born at 41 weeks + 3 days, throughout the world.
So French women get a whole week more to not worry too much about ‘when’ it’s going to happen.
Sure, they know that anything can happen from 37-38 weeks, just like here in the UK, but they get to stay relaxed about the whole date thing a whole week longer.
And when it comes to pregnancy and birth, that is ETERNITY.
Ask anyone whose baby WAS average and was born at 41 weeks and 3 days. Like my first My second was born at 41 weeks + 1 day. I thought she was going to be early. Ha! If i had told myself my first would come at 41 weeks + 3 days like the average, I *might* have been more relaxed about the whole date thing.
In my classes, we talk about ‘guess dates’ for that reason.
No point in telling everyone your exact due date. Only mention your guess MONTH.
‘Could be February, could be March’ is more than enough. People don’t need to know.
Indeed, you don’t need to know precisely! Because birth is not precise.
As I always say in my classes, ‘Rule no 1 in birth: there are no rules’
If you would like to learn more ‘non-rules’ and to build your confidence for birth, come to my next Building Your Confidence for Birth session on Sunday 23rd July, 7-10pm, in Wallingford.
You will get to learn a whole lot more about birth, how to shed negativity around you and within you, how to reprogramme your mind so you stay calm, positive and confident about your labour and birth, and a thing or two about the physiology of birth and how your baby knows what to do.
It’s a fun, interactive masterclass where you will be able to ask me any questions you may have about pregnancy, labour and birth (and beyond if you have started wondering about the ‘after-birth business’ of looking after a newborn 🙂 ).
Are you in? Get in touch to book here.