23 Thoughts You Have When You’re 42 Weeks Pregnant


The average length of a first-time mom’s pregnancy is just around 40 weeks plus eight days, according to the research. But what happens when you go past that time … well, I know from personal experience (went past 42 weeks myself!) that you go a bit batty. Okay, a lot batty. Here are 23 thoughts I had (about a million times) when I was 42 weeks pregnant …

23 Thoughts You Have When You’re 42 Weeks Pregnant

  1. I’m going to be pregnant forever.
  2. No, really. What’s the record for longest pregnancy ever? I’m going to break it.
  3. Time? What’s time? I’ve lost all concept of it.
  4. Good things come to those who wait.
  5. And I thought going past my due date was hard.
  6. This should be classified as a new ultra endurance sport: Pregnancy past 40 weeks!
  7. Maybe — insert one of the following: spicy food, sex, walking, dancing, squats, acupressure, lunges, meditation, stairs, acupuncture, plus countless others — will naturally induce labor.
  8. Patience is a virtue.
  9. Nope, nothing works.
  10. Beulah Hunter, I don’t know how you did it.
  11. Screw patience. This is torture.
  12. Today will surely be the day, right? RIGHT?!
  13. Man, my friends and family are so supportive!
  14. If one more person asks me how I feel today …
  15. This baby will come when she’s ready.
  16. One day I’ll laugh at this.
  17. Is everything okay?
  18. Everything is fine.
  19. Why won’t this baby come out already?
  20. She’s just cozy. I am a pregnant unicorn with a womb of total awesomeness!
  21. This baby is into torture.
  22. I deserve a medal for this.
  23. It was all worth it. Totally worth it.

Moms who went well past the 40-week pregnancy mark, have any to add? —Jenn

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  1. Emily P says:

    The thought that I kept having when I went 6 days past my daughter’s due date was “This baby keeps getting bigger. It’s going to take more work to push her out!” For what it’s worth, she ended up weighing the same as yours: 8 lb 7 oz.

  2. DM says:

    I just clicked on your Beulah Hunter link and had to laugh because with my second, my LMP was in February and she was born February 1st. Which makes me like a modern marvel right? I only went back two weeks from a positive test though, and she was born 12 days “late.” There is no way she was actually pregnant three extra months. Just saying.