Going past your due date is hard. You’ve spent 9 looking months waiting to meet your baby (not to mention you are feeling pretty darn uncomfortable these days), and it can feel downright discouraging to watch your due date come and go, with no baby in your arms.
But we are here to tell you that it really will be ok! Here are some thing to keep in mind during these final days of your pregnancy—
1. The baby will come
I know this sounds obvious. But really. You won’t be pregnant forever. And when you look back at this period in your life, it will seem like a blip in time. Your baby is coming. Soon. (Maybe even tonight!)
2. There’s probably a reason you haven’t gone into labor yet
We are not exactly sure what triggers labor, but we think it has a lot to do with the baby sending your body a signal that she is ready. If your baby hasn’t come yet, there’s probably a reason—she is after all, a very smart baby :) She may just need to stay put and grow for a few more days. Trust that your baby—and your body—know exactly what they are doing.
3. You’re not alone
The average first time mom gives birth at 41 weeks and 1 day. So if you’re late, you’re actually right on track!
4. Keep going to those prenatal appointments
Your doctor or midwife will probably have you start coming in a little more frequently, to make sure you and the baby are doing well. You may have an extra ultrasound or some continuos monitoring to check on your little guy. Try to enjoy the extra attention—prenatal visits will soon be a thing of the past!
5. Take care of yourself
Remember how I said you might be going into labor tonight? Yeah, you really might be. So make sure you are preparing your body for the marathon it is about to run. Stay hydrated, eat nutritiously and rest so that when the big moment arrives, you are energized and ready.
6. Pamper yourself
Treat yourself to a manicure or a prenatal massage. Go out for a fancy lunch. Or check out some more ideas here. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself like the mama-goddess that you are!
7. Do a little soul-searching
The emotional-physical connection of birth is huge. Sometimes, women have a worry or concern that is causing them a fair amount of stress, which can at times delay birth. Is there anything on your mind? See if you can pinpoint what’s causing you stress, and then try to alleviate the worry—talk to your partner, provider or even a therapist, or try some relaxation exercises to put yourself into a more zen state of mind.