Pregnancy may linger into the 43rd week from time to time. Some babies are vigorous and healthy through a 43-week pregnancy. The rate of stillbirth begins to rise somewhat, and the rate that babies pass meconium is higher; however, most babies will be born healthy. Protecting you and your baby’s health is the highest priority.
You may be involving your provider in monitoring your baby’s well-being. You have a reason for continuing the pregnancy beyond what is held to be the norm. Some will have declined a recommendation for induction of labor. The norm for labor induction is anywhere from 39 to 41 weeks.
Communicate with your midwife or doctor so they can assess your baby’s well-being and make a plan to check baby every day or two this week. You’ll be weighing recommendations from your provider and considering routine recommendations and those which may be specific to you, such as induction due to high blood pressure, amniotic fluid levels, or fetal heart rate variability.
Do you feel like you are swimming against the current to get into the flow? Body balancing may be one way of getting into the flow with mind and body.
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that can affect your conscious thoughts. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and repeat the following to yourself each day throughout the next week. Fill yourself with breath and feel the joy: