You’ve made it through nine months of pregnancy. You’ve handled the morning sickness, the swollen ankles and the back pain. Your due date is finally here but nothing’s happened. As your due date comes and goes, you can start wondering when your baby will decide to make his or her appearance. It can become annoying and it is extremely tiring. The longer it goes on, the more you wonder if the doctors got your expected due date right after all.
It is okay to feel annoyed. You’ve been through 40 weeks of this already. Pregnancy changes the body in so many ways; and not all comfortable or good ways. The good news is that there are some things that you can do to make the time go quicker and deal with the annoying wait.
Spend the Time Getting Your Baby's Room Ready
You may have done it already but now’s a great time to go back through the drawers and make sure everything is exactly where you want it. Go out and buy some more clothes (a newborn can never have too many!) and stock up on nappies of all sizes. The important thing is to keep yourself busy.
If the baby’s room is all ready and there really is nothing more that you can do, work on the rest of the house. This is the perfect time to get on your hands and knees and scrub the kitchen floor—really it is! In fact, an old wives’ tale said that this was a good way to bring on labour; although I’m not sure how true that it.
Baby brain may have set in during the pregnancy and there are likely things that you have forgotten. Double and triple check everything to make sure it's all ready. This includes the babyproofing and your hospital bag!
Cook Enough Meals to Get You Ready for the Weeks Ahead
You don’t want to have to worry about cooking after having a baby. If money is tight, you don’t want to spend it on takeaways, either. Spend the time creating different meals that can be frozen so you have enough for the next few weeks and you won’t be bored eating the same things over and over again.
This is also a great chance to experiment. Try different flavours and try new recipes. Remember that you have all day! You never know, your little one might decide he loves the smell of your cooking and wants to try it for himself. If you do go into labour while cooking, don’t panic! It usually takes some time but remember to turn off the oven and stove!
Conversations a Woman had When Overdue
Get Out Walking or Swimming
Keeping yourself active is important during pregnancy, especially when you are overdue. Exercise is one of those things that doctors tell overdue pregnant women to do because it can help bring on labour. It can be uncomfortable though at this stage, so find something that doesn’t put too much pressure on your legs and back and have someone with you if you are worried.
Swimming is an excellent option. The weight of the water will support your weight so you won’t feel as heavy. It is also relaxing as well as a great form of exercise. If you are comfortable doing it, walking is another great option although take it easy as the weight of the bump may now be too much for your lower back to deal with. Don’t try to exercise through pain. That is your body’s way of telling you enough!
If your doctor has told you not to exercise, follow those instructions. This can be due to a number of reasons. One of the most likely is if you suffer from gestational high blood pressure.
Visit Friends and Family-or Get Them to Visit You!
Taking your mind off being pregnant and overdue is one of the best things that you can do. It will make the day go quicker and will keep you stress free. The best way of staying busy is to meet with friends and family. Tell them that you don’t want reminding about the baby and that you just want to spend some time with them. You’ll find it hard to do this once the baby arrives.
If you find it difficult to get out a lot at the moment due to the pregnancy, ask your friends and family members to visit you. You could try out one of your new recipes on them or just spend some time catching up. When you don’t want to stay in the house, find something that is comfortable for you to do.
Do Some Anti-Stress Techniques
Being pregnancy and overdue can be a stressful time. The problem is stress can cause issues with the pregnancy, even at this stage! You want to remain as calm as possible so try to manage your stress. Do some pregnancy yoga, practise meditation or do something else that helps you remain calm. Do whatever suits you at the time.
If you find yourself worrying about the baby or getting more annoyed that your due date is getting further and further away, keep doing the anti-stress techniques. Remind yourself that stressing will not convince your baby to come out any time soon.
You may start to worry about being induced and whether you will need an emergency c-section. Read up about what happens during the procedures and talk to your doctor or midwife about them. Get all the facts and talk to people who know who have had them. This could really help put your mind at ease and get ready for the path ahead. The more informed you are, the better you will feel about everything.
Remember that the expected due date is not the date that your baby will come. In the past, women have gone weeks and months past their due date because the baby was simply comfy. It is annoying, especially when you’re looking forward to meeting your little one. The trick is to keeping yourself busy and finding ways to take your mind off the situation. You’ve usually got 12 days until your labour will be induced. Keep telling yourself it’s not that long! That day will soon be here and you’ll forget all about it once your little one is born.