A pregnant woman's due date is like an imaginary finishing line at the end of a ten month marathon. Focusing on that special day can help her manage her anxiety and discomfort. It can help her keep things in perspective, because she knows there's an end in sight. Sometimes, however, the day comes and goes with barely a rumble in her tummy, leaving a mom-to-be confused, worried, and often annoyed. If your due date has come and gone but your baby doesn't seem to want to budge, you might be looking for things to do if you're past your due date.
Questions from friends and family along with your own eagerness to meet your new baby can make the wait agonizing. But going past your due date is fairly common. The date should be considered a general estimate of when your baby will arrive based on the information you give your doctor about the start of your last period, rather than something you use to set your clocks by. As Fit Pregnancy mentioned, only 5 percent of babies are actually born on their due date. Additionally, according to Web MD, most babies arrive between week 38 and 42 of the mother's pregnancy. In fact, the baby isn't considered post-term until after week 42.
It's perfectly natural to feel a little anxious when your due date has passed. However, it can help to use this time to do some last-minute prep for your baby's big arrival. Putting the finishing touches on your nursery, taking breastfeeding classes, and installing your car seat are great ways to channel your energy and take your mind off of playing the waiting game. And when all of your prep work is done, take some time for yourself to relax before the big day arrives.
You'll have lots to do after your baby is born, so think of this time as the calm before a beautiful storm. And as my midwife told me when my youngest son was approaching two weeks past his due date, "your baby will come on his birthday."