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41 weeks pregnant

Forty weeks plus

When you signed up for this pregnancy thing, you agreed to sublet your uterus for 40 weeks. That was the deal. Now, it's been a day over 40 weeks and still no baby. Your due date has passed so it's only natural to start feeling impatient. Here are a few strategies for staying sane as you wait for baby.


"You haven't had that baby yet?!"

It’s one of the oldest questions in the book – and one of the most tiring. Three moms on SheKnows.com had to vent.

“I swear, if one more person asks me that, I'm going to haul off and slug 'em! Ok, maybe not, but I think I'd feel a lot better if I could! For the past week, especially since my doctor said I could go ANY day, I get the daily phone calls... everyone checking in to see if there's any ‘progress.’ Everyone wants to know about every little twinge or possible contractions.” - Heather

I hear you, girlfriend! Ever since I went to the L&D this past Saturday night for my false amniotic fluid leak, I have gotten multiple calls daily… I bet this baby won't come until AFTER my due date now, but, people keep calling to check. I appreciate their concern as well, but they have to realize that we are not going to forget to call them when the time comes! - Julie

Sounds like you need to change the message on your answering machine... "No, we haven't had the baby yet, when we do, we'll be sure to let you know." Maybe if you let that answer the phone for awhile people would quit calling so much. - Amy


In the delivery room

I’ve known many a family who experience problems about who gets to be in the labor room or birthing area. For example, your mother-in-law may really want to be there when her grandchild arrives on the planet, which is a valid desire... but your choices matter more.

Annoyed woman

It may be that you’re perfectly comfortable with lots of people attending your baby’s birth -- but if you’re not, it can cause some hurt feelings. Get some advice here:


Time in

Why does everyone want to know how many hours I was in labor?

Some of this probably goes back to the survival of the fittest concept. Bigger babies equated to healthier babies, and therefore had the advantage.

Nowadays -- depending on who's talking -- the topic falls somewhere between harmless polite conversation and subtle one-up-(wo)manship. Even if it bugs you, please don't read too much into it. If you can, ooh and ahh appropriately -- just like you would over the details of little Maddie's preschool graduation. The subject will be past soon, and by making a positive comment instead of attempting to best anyone, you will put yourself in a nice light... and maybe earn a little good karma while you're at it. Go here to read more.