You've waited a long time to see your little one. Soon you will meet each other for the first time! Once your labor begins, you can help shorten your labor and feel less pain by learning to relax.
You’ve waited a long time to see your little one. Soon you will meet your baby face to face and become a family. As eager as you are, give baby all the time he needs to fully grow. It may be a hassle now when you’re tired of being pregnant, but knowing your baby is healthy will make it all worth the wait!
How to wait for labor to begin on its own
You can wait until your baby isready to be born, even when you’re sore and tired. Try these comfort tips during your last weeks.
Your Due Date
Your doctor will calculate your due date. This is the time when your baby will likely be ready to be born. It usually takes babies around 39-41 weeks from the first day of your last period to be “full-term.” Babies who are born full-term have the best chance of being healthy.
The Problem with Scheduling Births
It’s hard to know exactly when you got pregnant. Even a sonogram is not perfect. Your due date can be off by as much as two weeks! If you induce labor too soon, your baby can be born before she is fully ready.
Working with Your Doctor
Talk with your doctor about the right time for your baby to be born. Don’t insist on inducing the birth to fit it into your schedule. This can cause problems for both you and your baby. Instead, let labor begin on its own. Your body will tell you when it’s time!
March of Dimes Campaign
The March of Dimes has launched a campaign, Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait!™. This campaign educates moms about why they should wait at least 39 weeks to give birth. Learn more at their website at: www.marchofdimes.com
Extra Support in the Last Weeks
The last weeks of pregnancy are often the hardest. The baby is large and there’s not much space. The baby puts pressure on mom’s back, legs, and other areas. She may complain a lot because relief does not come easily. Here’s where you can shine!
Help Mom Cope
As mom’s champion, you can help her cope with the last few weeks while waiting for her baby to be born. Treat her like a princess. Bring her food and help her get comfortable. Take a walk with her. Keep her busy while waiting for the baby to come. And remind her that soon the wait will be over. Having a healthy baby will make it all worthwhile.
You can wait for labor to begin on its own even when…
Well-meaning people often ask, “Have you had that baby yet?” They are eager, too! Just remind people that you want your baby to be fully ready to be born. Your baby will be here soon enough!
Your doctor might offer to induce your labor. Ask whether there is a medical reason to do so. Ask about the risk of waiting a little longer until labor begins on its own in case your due date is off a little. Find out what method would be used. Being informed will help you make the best decision together.
No woman wants to be pregnant forever! And it can seem that way when you near the end of your pregnancy. Find ways to keep busy and stay comfortable so the time will pass quickly. Tell yourself your body has done a great job growing a healthy baby so far. Give it the time needed to finish the job.
Frequently Asked Questions
All mammals need a certain period of time to grow. Human babies need around 39-41 weeks to be ready to face the outside world. At every stage of growth your baby is getting ready. When you give baby the time she needs, she will be healthier.
Sometimes there are problems with the pregnancy. There may also be a concern about your health or your baby’s health. In these cases, your doctor will advise you about whether it’s the right time to induce labor.
Many doctors advise moms to get a sonogram to see how things are going. These can be helpful to see about how far along you are and to see how baby is doing. However, they are not always 100% accurate. When you go into labor on your own, this is often your body’s way of telling you it’s time.
If your baby is born too early, he might need a little help waking up and sucking well. Ask your nurse and lactation consultant to help you if your baby has trouble learning how to breastfeed. You might need to hand express to make sure you get started making milk.
And there you have it
You can wait and let labor begin on its own, even when you’re tired and sore. Keep your eye on the healthy baby you will enjoy because you gave her the time she needs.