In my experience, the last few weeks of pregnancy can be overwhelming, exhausting, and nerve-wracking... especially once you've gone past your baby's due date. Fortunately, for past-due pregnant people everywhere, there are a few things you can (and should) do to help you cope when you're overdue. Step one: don't panic. No, you will not stay pregnant forever.
First, it's important to remember that your baby's due date is an estimate, not an alarm clock, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Mayo Clinic notes that you might be more likely to be overdue if it's your first pregnancy, if you are carrying a boy, or if you are unsure of your due date. In other words, you shouldn't freak out if you are still pregnant when that somewhat arbitrary date comes and goes. You should, however, absolutely check in with your doctor or midwife so they can monitor your baby's and your health, continue prenatal care, and make recommendations for how to proceed, Certified Nurse Midwife Anette Ferrell, MSN, ARNP, CNM told Romper via email.
If your provider gives you the green light, and you decide to wait to go into labor on your own, birth doula and mom Molly Lich Williams recommends taking care of yourself during late pregnancy, remaining as positive as possible, and remembering that you will not be pregnant forever. Above all, it's important to take it easy and try to relax (which is easier said than done, to be sure). For more on these and other tips for dealing past your due date, read on: