Your Pregnancy: Week 42
It may feel like a cruel joke is being played on you, but you really will give birth soon. Most doctors won't allow women to go more than two weeks past their due dates, so the end really is in sight. And to that we say, thank goodness for modern medicine! Oh, and congrats!
Wondering what's up with your body, your baby and your life this week? Read on ...
What You're Thinking:
"I am going to be pregnant for the rest of my life, aren't I?"
You're probably wondering what past life crime you committed to deserve going two weeks over your due date, but don't despair. Yes, you're uncomfortable and anxious, but your baby is so incredibly comfortable in your womb (why else wouldn't she want to come out!). Try to relax, watch your 32nd episode of Will & Grace
reruns and know that your baby will be here soon.
There are some other old wives' tales about inducing labor at home that you could try. Ya never know, maybe some castor oil, a long walk, buffalo wings or, gulp, sex might work for you!? So, fix yourself a dish of really spicy Thai curry and try to smoke that baby out!
This may not make your swollen ankles feel any better, but almost 10 percent of first-time moms go two weeks past their due date. So if nothing else, at least you're in good company. As much as it feels like it right now, this isn't going to last forever. A pregnancy is almost never allowed to go beyond the end of the 42nd week. So chances are you'll be holding that little bundle of love any day now. Here's what else is up:
Your fourth-trimester baby may also be born with skin discolorations such as dry patches, peeling skin or a reddish rash. But it's completely harmless, so don't worry about it. The good news is that babies who bake this long are often born with very long fingernails and hair, so load up on those cute little hair bows!
Upon birth, your baby will display more than 70 different primitive reflex behaviors (a reflex being something that is automatic and unlearned)—including the Macarena! OK, maybe not, but baby's flailing arms are still cute.
This week your baby weighs a whopping 8, 9 (or more) pounds and measures 21 inches long or more. That's a whole lotta baby!
It's all over but the pushing
. And even though it might not seem like it right now, that baby has
to get out of your body. And just think, in no time at all, this whole pregnancy thing will be a memory.
Take some time this week to reflect on pregnancy. Maybe in your journal or maybe in a letter to your baby. Write down every little thought you're having, even if at this point you can't seem to remember anything
good about the last nine months. That kind of honesty will be refreshing when you look back on it in several months. And it'll be hysterical to your kid in 10 years ... when he's causing a whole different kind of anguish.
While you're writing letters, consider writing one to your mom or a special female in your life. You won't believe how many times over the next year (or 18) you're going to think, "So this
is what she was talking about, thinking, feeling, doing ..." She'll appreciate the sentiment and you'll appreciate her more when you've officially joined the ranks of mommies.
"I was 10 days overdue and labored for 58 hours!"
"My post partum depression was so bad I don't want to have another kid. Ever."
Had your baby already? Share your birth story!