It's exactly a week until Evalyn's due date, so of course I'm over-thinking every twinge and movement coming from The Bump.
Today, by way of getting some idea of what I'm dealing with, I've looked up the percentages, and apparently only 5% of babies are actually born on the estimated due date, so really that's a complete guess! It's more annoying to try and nail down a statistic for how many babies are born late, most of the data a quick google search provides say that 80% of babies are born between 37 and 41 weeks - Well, yes, thanks for that! It's just as vague really, isn't it?
Again most of the information seems to suggest Eva will be about a week late, because she's my first baby and because 7 out of 10 of babies are apparently (oh, and the same website I got that from then helpfully starts talking about the elevated, although incredibly rare, chance of stillbirth at this stage of a pregnancy *shut-up-shut-up-shut-up-shut-up*).
So what does this tell me? The baby will come when the baby decides to come. And I really need to stop looking stuff like this up on-line because it will invariably not be that helpful really and will also probably throw up some new thing to worry about.
Mind you, having said I should avoid the internet for this kind of information, I really like this webpage of birth statistics which was put together by a woman similarly frustrated by a lack of good data. Surveys, spreadsheets and charts forever!