The very end of pregnancy

As I wait for this month-that-has-felt-unending to finally end, I have been thinking a lot about the last little while of pregnancy. It, too, can feel like it’s not going to end. But I promise you, it will!

First off, let’s talk about how to deal with those annoying people who keep asking you if you’ve had that baby YET!?!? I recommend when they ask, you just send them this link, without any commentary. Repeat as often as necessary.

Second, if you’re not at your due date yet, it might be helpful to be mindful of the things that are still happening and developing in your baby.

Baby shoes on a calendar with due date marked

If you are one of the many people to go past your due date, remember that “due date” is more accurately called the EDD, or Estimated Date of Delivery. It’s just a ball park guess, and you could deliver much earlier or much later. The variation can be as much as 5 weeks!

It may help to refresh your knowledge of what, exactly, it means to be “at term” as well.

It can be tempting to schedule an induction. Just to get it over with and end the suspense (and the backache, and insomnia, and heartburn…) already! Think carefully about that, and about the risks and benefits of letting labor start on it’s own.

So what can you so when you’re going crazy sitting around waiting for your baby to be ready to be born? Here are 101 ideas!

And finally, I really love the perspective on the last days of pregnancy in this article. I hope that your last days can be a time where you are able to find rest, patience and connection with your baby.

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