when you're overdue

Things not to do when you’re overdue

When you’re given a due date it’s hard to deal when that date comes and goes and suddenly you’re overdue.

The average typical gestation is 40 weeks. Of course, this is an average but it’s funny how hopeful we become when we’re immensely uncomfortable and supposed to get relief on a certain day.

Let me tell you, once you’ve reached your due date you reach a whole new level of “get this kid out of me”.

If you’re like me you’ve had 1, or 2, 3, or 4 babies AFTER your due date, so reading on, please do understand that I’m VERY empathetic to your situation!

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Forget that your “due date” is actually an “estimated due date”.

I’m sorry to tell you, but there’s no real sure-fire way to know when your baby will come unless you have a scheduled cesarean.

Jump on the trampoline.

Seriously, you can barely waddle my way up the stairs. You’ll more than likely break something if you start jumping on the trampoline and it won’t likely be your water.

Have sex, go for long walks, and eat spicy food.

Ok, so none of those things are actually a bad idea unless you figure doing all 3 at the same time would be most effective. (*Avoid sex if your water has broken, you have vaginal bleeding, or you’ve been told by your healthcare professional to avoid it.)

Tell anyone when your due date was.

Of course, you're getting super excited to meet your baby, but there are a few things you shouldn't do when you're overdue!

The sympathetic looks and “hang in there” comments won’t make the baby come any faster, and it’ll just get increasingly more annoying. You’ll also likely get daily phone calls from your family asking if the baby is born yet. My suggestion: Let them know that you have not had the baby yet and that you will certainly let them know…in your voicemail message.

Beg, threaten, or bribe baby.

Trust me, your baby doesn’t care if you’re willing to give it $100.

Eat baby out of house and home.

The 45 lbs of raspberries on the counter seems like an appropriate way to overcrowd baby. Nope. You’ll get a massive bellyache in your massive belly bump…and still no baby.


Unfortunately, the only thing you can really do is…WAIT. Ahhh, I know. That’s not what you wanted to hear, but your baby will come when they’re ready.

In the meantime, take advantage of the things you can do when you’re overdue:


-Finish getting ready for baby

-Make some freezer meals

-Use your belly to get you to the front of the coffee line up

-Enjoy those last few times of telling people you’re not pregnant when they ask when you’re due


Did anything work for you to encourage your baby to come?



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