Pregnancy takes patience.
When a pregnancy goes past it's estimated 40 weeks it can make parents feel more anxious than ever before to meet their little one.
It might seem easier said than done, but if you've hit 40 weeks and you're still waiting it is actually better for your body to stay as calm as you can and keep your doctor updated and in the loop.
Did you know only 5% of babies are actually born on their due date?
You might be feeling like your pregnancy isn't going according to plan, but it's actually more rare than you think to go into labor on your estimated due date. That's why they call it estimated, it's not an exact RSVP to meet your new bundle of joy. Due dates are usually off by one to two weeks in either direction.
You might think you're 40 weeks but you may actually be 39, it happens.
Does an extended pregnancy become unsafe?
At your estimated 40 week mark, your care providers will monitor your baby more often and a little more closely. As a baby grows bigger, they have less amniotic fluid to keep them safe and certain risks could present themselves. Vaginal birth without medical intervention can become more difficult as your baby grows larger.
Communication is key.
When you and your care providers stay in contact, you can keep them informed of any symptoms you have that may feel out of the ordinary and they can keep a closer eye on you and your baby's health during this phase of your pregnancy. Keeping them on close watch will also make you feel more comfortable when you start going into labor.
When you're this far along, it's important to get plenty of rest and relaxation. You'll be glad you took it easy during these last few days to gear your body up for birth and those first few weeks postpartum. Take frequent naps, catch up on your favorite shows or take a relaxing bubble bath. You'll be able to take your mind off birth by focusing on some good old fashioned self care that can relax tired muscles and ease your mind. Making a special date night for your estimated due date can be a great way to remove any expectations around "that day".
Instead of feeling worried, take it easy.
In those last few weeks of pregnancy, let your care providers keep you safely monitored and keep your body comfortable and relaxed. There's no need to get upset if you don't go into labor on the big day circled on your calendar.
Be collected and confident as you push through to the last few days or weeks before you finally meet your brand new baby.