Thoughts on Being 40 Weeks Pregnant

Thoughts on Being 40 Weeks Pregnant

Due date has come and gone. No baby yet. Even though I have been prepared for her to be late and I feel remarkably good physically, it’s still harder than I expected to stay relaxed at this stage.

I had my first real foray into mom-guilt when we were asked by the unhelpful nurse at our non-stress test to pick an induction date. Do I go with a date as late as possible like the warrior natural labor moms in my yoga class? Does that put the baby at risk? Is earlier better or safer? Should I go online to try to research for hours the absolute best, smartest date I can possibly choose? Just like Braxton Hicks contractions are good practice for labor, this felt like good practice for a lifetime ahead of tough and fairly arbitrary decisions. Rob and I picked the first day of week 42, got reassurance from a doctor and tried our best to put it out of mind. She’ll come when she’s ready…hopefully in the next 8 days.


I’ve completely run out of things (and motivation to think of new things) to do and mostly spend my days wandering the house like a ghost while Rob stares at me. He’s convinced I’m going to go for a glass of water in the kitchen and have the baby without telling him – we should be so lucky! The baby seems very comfortable and keeps stretching her legs out to make more room. 70% of my energy is focused on what to cook for lunch and where in the house I left my last glass of water. The rest is luxurious 90 minute naps in the middle of the day, 5 mile walks and nightly yoga practice.

Waiting for the baby to arrive

This seems to be the bargaining phase of pregnancy. I have conversations every hour with the baby promising her that there are so many good things to be had here on the outside. Banana splits! Foggy mornings at the beach! Bike rides with dad! Tuna melts! Walks to farmer’s market in your fancy pram! Look at all your cute clothes! I’m basically a full-time marketer for human existence outside the womb.  (These red pants are not part of the pitch. I’m severely out of clothing options)


I’ve bumped up (ha!) to two pre-natal yoga classes a week. The morning class on Tuesday is mostly women in the final stretch like me. It’s followed by a really adorable post-natal yoga class where babies get to come too. Another selling point I’m trying to use to convince the baby to come out.

40 weeks prenatal yoga

The belly has formed into a perfectly round watermelon. It feels like it might just pop off and crack open like an egg…which seems like a better way of doing things in general.

40 weeks waiting for baby

It’s kind of fun to terrify people who ask about your due date by saying it was last weekend.

Overdue and waiting for baby

Thanks to everyone for sending well-wishes! The support of this great tribe of friends and family is so helpful every day as we wait for the babe to arrive.

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There are 17 comments for this article
  1. Susan at 6:25 pm

    Glad to read all is well, but I was convinced that the baby had arrived since you hadn’t posted in the last few days. I know these days of waiting can be difficult, but just enjoy those luxurious naps! Lol!

    • MrsEm Author at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Susan. She’ll be here pretty soon no matter what!

  2. Whitney at 9:30 pm

    Haha! Love this! I was walking around on my due date all huge and got so many comments from stangers — my favorite was, “aren’t you supposed to be at the hopsital!?”

  3. Leslie at 10:10 am

    Love this post (your looking great!) but hoping you don’t have to do a post on “thoughts on being 41 weeks pregnant”!!! Have you heard about using a breast pump to get things going? My midwife suggested it when I was overdue.
    Wishing you the best 🙂

    • Gail at 8:36 am

      Wow! Wish I’d heard of this trick when my son was overdue! I think I tried everything else. 🙂

  4. Laurel at 10:52 am

    Been reading your blog for a long time now, since before your wedding. I’ve enjoyed your pregnancy journey and all that you have shared with us. I hope she comes on her own accord. Both of mine were late. My first by a week and a day, had him naturally. My second was a week and 2 days late and they insisted on induction. I did both with no pain medication. I’d just say, try to get that kid to come on her own. I recovered so much more quickly the first time. Best wishes to you three!!

  5. Courtney at 12:13 pm

    That was my favorite thing (the only good thing?) about having an overdue baby, too.

    “When are you due?”

    Ha! Thinking good thoughts and prayers for you–the end is such a head game!

  6. Cari at 3:30 pm

    You look beautiful! Yes, she will come when she’s ready 😉 Enjoy those naps and like everyone else that reads, we can’t wait for the news!


  7. Christen at 8:51 pm

    You look lovely and glowing! Thinking happy thoughts for a smooth delivery and healthy mama and baby! Take care of yourself and nap as much as you need.

  8. Gail at 8:34 am

    We should all be so lucky to look as completely fabulous at 40+ weeks!! This is the hardest part of pregnancy (unless you suffer terrible morning sickness, I suspect)….the anticipation and excitement is like Christmas Eve when you’re 5 years old! Sending happy labor and delivery vibes your way. 🙂

  9. Leslie at 11:52 am

    As someone who is an older mama, and one who struggled to get pregnant, and who now has the most delicious little two-year-old girl, I am SO very excited for you. I check your site twice a day now to see if she has come.

    Sending you warm wishes for a happy, healthy and empowering delivery. You are going to be the most delightful mom.

  10. Melissa at 12:09 pm

    Have you tried eggplant? In Atlanta there is/was? a restaurant that guaranteed a pregnant mama would go into labor within 24 hours of eating their eggplant parmesan!

    You are looking absolutely fabulous and so very soon this will all be a hazy memory. All your readers can’t wait to see the first photos of this baby – already so beloved and well cared for. Who can blame her for not wanting to leave?

  11. Renee at 6:25 am

    You still look so adorable! For what it’s worth, my first two kiddos were late and I was induced at 41 weeks with both of them. Had wonderful (and quick!) labor and delivery experiences and smooth recoveries after both. Good for you for keeping up the yoga … it will speed up your recovery so much.

  12. Katie H. at 12:37 pm

    Hi Emily,
    I, too, have been following your blog for years and am joining the crowd sending you the very best wishes. I remember everyone saying I was ready to pop around 36 weeks, so I bribed the baby to stay inside longer (didn’t want her early) then all the sudden I/we were 40 weeks and I had to reverse the bribery. Girl, come on out, the water is fine! It’s a great big place out here, but your mama and dada will show you around in due time.

    Sending good and expedient thoughts,