In July 2014 I gave birth to Toby at 39 weeks 6 days gestation, without any intervention. Whilst I know that every pregnancy is different – and goodness knows I’ve had that theory proved from day one this time – I felt pretty confident that my body would just do it pretty much the same again when it came to giving birth.
Between the usual pregnancy strains and SPD, sleeping can definitely be considered more wishful thinking than night time reality. My hips, pelvis and back really hurt overnight and the increasing weight of my bump needs support; let’s not even talk about turning over! Dreamgenii kindly offered to send me one of their highly acclaimed pregnancy pillows and I’ve been trying it out for a few weeks now.
I’ve been unsure whether to write this or not and indeed whether to use the word ‘anxiety’ because I’m not even sure that’s what I’m feeling! Anxiety about child birth is a really normal thing, but with each day that I’m overdue, I’m finding it harder to shut my brain down and today a lot of thoughts and emotions came spilling out.
Ah, pregnancy. This complete miracle, the creation of new life, the joy of knowing that your child is growing within you. Then comes the due date and with its passing, every moment that you’re overdue feels like it takes the same amount of time as the whole pregnancy did up to that point! So, what to do when you’re overdue.
As of 11:58 yesterday morning, I officially became more pregnant than I ever have been before! Toby arrived at that time the day before his due date, but no amount of bouncing on my birthing ball or dancing around the living room with Toby was going to make his baby sister follow suit! So, at 40 weeks pregnant, how am I feeling about having made it to our due date?