Fashionably Late Babies

Overdue Mom

A fifth of babies are born after 41 weeks. Read on to find out what happens if your baby’s too comfy to move.

During my first pregnancy, I was convinced that my baby would arrive early. Yet my due date came and went and I didn’t feel a twinge. My baby was clearly comfortable where she was. And me? I was utterly fed up. I’d loved being pregnant – seeing my body change to accommodate my precious baby, and feeling her kick. But with the finishing line in sight and my feet hidden from view by my ever expanding bump,

I was sick of waiting. I wanted my baby out. Now!
I tried reflexology, eating curries and a mum-to-be massage in the hope of encouraging my baby into action. Nada. Every day, my phone buzzed with texts from friends and family.
“Had that baby yet?”
“You’re not still pregnant are you?”
“Any news…?”

It was lovely that people cared. But honestly? Those texts were more irritating than pregnancy piles. I felt like a watched pot – the sort that never boils.
By the time I’d reached 40+4 and my phone was ringing off the hook, I had a toddler-style meltdown, turned off my phone and temporarily deactivated my Facebook account. Following a cervical sweep to bring on labour, things finally got going and my daughter was born at 41 weeks. It felt like I’d been waiting forever to hold my beautiful girl in my arms. of course, I wasn’t alone.

A negative concept
he vast majority of women go past their estimated due date, with only a very small proportion of babies coming on or before it. But if going overdue is normal, why can it make mums-to-be feel so awful? It’s a shock for some women. So much emphasis is put on the due date. But it should really be a due week or even a due fortnight.

These days, so many women are induced that being overdue may make an expectant mum think her body is not working as it should and that she needs medical intervention. Going overdue becomes a negative concept.

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