Keeping Yourself Distracted and Passing the Time

Your due date is actually plus or minus two weeks. I was so miserable at the end of my pregnancy that two weeks before my due date, I decided to go on a brisk walk to try to bring on contractions. I wanted that baby out!

I went for a long walk in my neighborhood with my dog. My neighbors must have thought I was crazy, this big pregnant woman ready to burst, huffing and puffing, walking a tiny little dog. I trekked up a long hil and all the way back home, never feeling a single twinge.

Unfortunately, it did nothing to speed my labor along and my baby arrived two weeks later, on her due date.

- Sharonne N hayes, MD, a mom of two and the director of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN

My son was a little overbaked; he was born a little late. During that last week, I really wanted my pregnancy to be over. I had my suitcase packed and I was ready to go. Every day I woke wondering, "Is today the day?"

The last few days of pregnancy are hard. I was excited, but I was also very tired. I was so ready to go into labor. I had so much apprehension about the delivery and becoming a mother.

I tried to distract myself by taking long walks. That really helped me. I kept telling myself, "Just keep on walking, and it will happen."

- Elissa Charbonneau, DO, a mom of an 18-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter and the medical director of the New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland, ME

Excerpted from The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH is a board-certified family physician and nationally recognized health expert. Her syndicated newspaper column, Your Health, appears throughout the US and Canada. Dr. McAllister has been the featured medical expert on more than 100 TV and radio shows. She has three sons.
Jennifer Bright Reich is co-founder of Momosa Publishing. She is a writer and editor with more than 15 years of publishing experience. Jennifer has contributed to more than 150 books and published numerous magazine and newspaper articles. She has two sons.

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