Don’t get me wrong — I’m still being patient, and I’m not about to ask to be induced or have my membranes stripped or anything like that. But I know our little girl is “fully cooked” in there, and now that our midwife is back in town it’s hard to not want her to come out right away! (And please, before our awesome doula goes on her vacation!)

Plus, the down-time in my husband’s work schedule is about to end in a week or so, if Baby A comes sooner, it means more time with her Daddy before he gets really busy again.

Week 40 copy

Things we have tried in the last week:

  • Spicy food
  • Pineapple
  • Lots of walking
  • Yoga-ball bouncing
  • Evening Primrose Oil (orally and …er… “applied”)
  • *cough*
  • Acupressure — 2 spots on my legs, feet, shoulders/neck, hands, back… basically whatever The Internet said was good for labor
  • Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

And I read about basil and oregano MAYBE having something to do with contractions or something… and my doula suggested eggplant, so tomorrow I’ll be making eggplant parmesan with homemade sauce — tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh oregano all from our garden. (We’ll have to buy the eggplant though.)

I’ve had a few contractions, but they’re totally random so nothing to get excited over.

But I get excited about them anyway.

Hard not to, when my body is showing signs that it might be time… any day now.

(Then again, I could be pregnant for another 2 weeks!)

16 Comments on 40 Weeks – Post due date and Wives Tales

  1. Veronica says:

    I went into labor exactly a year ago today – good luck sweetie. Youre a champ!

  2. Amber says:

    I am checking your blog everyday, AHHH the suspense! 🙂

  3. Ana says:

    My doctor told me to go up and down the stairs when i was expecting. So i did for the last month or so, i climbed the 5 floors of my building every day, several times a day! Here the doctors don't usually induce before the 40 weeks, and when they do it usually terminates in c-section and i didn't want that! So I waited, and walked, and climbed stairs and had some sex (that was doctors recomendation too). My boy was born on the day he completed 40 weeks and it took only 3 hours :). I hope you have a very quick labour too, or as one say in my country: uma hora pequenina.

  4. Susankewn says:

    Yup you are looking great! And trying some of the … less intrusive old wives tales .. can be sort of fun! I know some people find that eating a nice … large … amount of icecream seems have helped them! Now THAT is SUCH a chore !!! Especially in the hot weather ! lol!

    The Raspberry leaf tea… is for strengthening your womb for those contractions when you are IN labour – not 'bringing you on' !!

    With my second [first was induced due to high blood pressure] we had been at a friends house for lunch/dinner. Her husband made us a cup of tea later in the day – which was SO strong it looked like strong coffee with a dash! We joked it would be HIS fault if I went into labour… that evening .. we got home around 9.30 … and there was a show! I felt the first contractions right away – and rang him back to tell him! We have always laughed with him over that !! Good Luck…. she's nearly here!!!

  5. Expat mom says:

    My boys were both late. Really late. One was two weeks and the other was 3 weeks overdue. You're very upbeat for being at this point, lol. I was going insane by 39 weeks, I was SO uncomfortable. And my first son never did decide to come out, he was forced when I ended up in full blown eclampsia and they induced. He was so not happy about that. 🙂

  6. Amandaraygreer says:

    This is such an exciting time! Now you know that babe will be born anytime now! My babies were two weeks and 1 week over, and it was challenging to wait…..I'll admit there were a few frustrated tears after day 7… but you seem to be coping beautifully. Many blessings to you and your family for a safe and healthy labor, delivery, baby and mama!!

  7. Monsterbugblankets says:

    hahaha–first I ate salsa–I don't recommend it. Undigested jalapenos. NOT GOOD! Second was running late, dr was talking induction, hubby's work schedule–we went for the stripping of the membranes. I knew within an hour after that labor would come that day. (Of course, I was dilated to 4 already–so it would NOT take much to get me going!)

    Best wishes! I can't wait to see the wee one!

    🙂 Jennifer

  8. Lynn says:

    I had my little one at 43 weeks and everything went well, so that's good! 🙂

  9. Lynn says:

    You are seriously gorgeous when pregnant. Make me jealous, eh? 😉

    Sending you “have the baby” vibes!

  10. Katje10 says:

    You still look great! I carried all in the front too.I feel that your little girl will be arriving this week. There's a few more things you could try; a ride on a bumpy road and …..use your imagination.

  11. Pam says:

    I know it's hard to be patient. I can totally empathize with you. My daughter just turned 17 this past weekend. Being pregnant in the summer can really be a bummer. I promise, the day you hold her you will be amazed at how quick the time flew by. Isn't it amazing how we can 'cook' an entire human-being in just 40 (plus or minus) weeks?

  12. Amber says:

    I agree, most womens bodies “know” when to get into labor. The baby knows when s/he needs to arrive. Not to mention, unless you were specifically using family planning and tracking your ovulation (for a minimum of 3 months) its very hard to tell exactly when you got pregnant. Doctors really cant tell for SURE. All of it is a guess. And ultrasounds can be so inaccurate.

    Its great to find a doctor who doesnt force upon you the idea of a baby NEEDING to be born at 40 weeks. Yes each week past due can increase the change of a bowel movement. But usually women are not as far along as they thought. I delivered at exactly 40 weeks by the books assumption from my LMP. But from my own tracking I am pretty sure I actually gave birth at 39 weeks.

    Either way, *labor dust* your way, I hope she shows soon so that you can have your midwife, doula and extra time with your hubby. 🙂

  13. JoyfulAbode says:

    I feel crazy-huge. And looking at the photos from today's “shoot” made me realize JUST HOW FAR my belly sticks out in front! It's all in front though – my husband said you can't even tell I'm pregnant from the back. How weird is that?

    It sounds like basically every baby/pregnancy is different… so many different stories! I hope your SIL's baby gets to go home soon! That must be rough.

    I have a friend who went to 43 weeks though, before having a perfect natural homebirth and the baby was totally healthy… so going “late” doesn't necessarily mean something bad will happen either.

  14. Lynn says:

    I had my little one at 43 weeks and everything went well, so that's good! 🙂

  15. Amber says:

    I had Italian food with both my boys and went into labor the same day/night. But thats me, and one thing never applies to another. I know with pineapple, they say to eat fresh and not canned. Obviously what got the baby in there can also get her out *cough cough* 😉

    My membranes were also stripped the morning before my first was born (I was having contractions, but didn't realize it until I was hooked up to the machine) and that put me into labor by 12pm. Hospital at 2:30 and baby at 6:01pm.

    Cant wait to see your lil one!

  16. kelly says:

    you have gotten so big, but still look great! i hope she comes soon! my SIL just had her baby on Friday and she was 12 days past due. She finally got induced, and wouldn't get to a 10, so had to have a c-section. the baby pooped inside the womb and inhaled some. so now she is in NICU for 7 days because some got in her lungs. So sad that mommy and baby can't go home together. so i hope you have her just a few days past your due date, not 12!!!

    i was induced, for medical reasons, 2 weeks early and had a normal no problems delivery.

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