Due Date Past
My due date has come and gone. People are making me crazy! How did you deal with impatient people?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I worked right up to the delivery with all three of my daughters. With my first, I was just thinking about scaling back my schedule at 37 weeks when I went into labor.
With my second daughter, I was more than 2 weeks past my due date. At 41½ weeks, I was still dragging myself into the hospital to work. It was frustrating because people kept asking me, “Are you still pregnant? When are you due?”
But I tried to focus on the positive—that most people liked working with me while I was pregnant, especially the moms of my pediatrics patients. I think that for them realizing I was about to be a mom, too, put me onto the same level as them.
—Alicia Brennan, MD, a mom of three daughters and Medical Director of Inpatient Pediatrics of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Care at Princeton Health Care System in Princeton, NJ
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: With my first pregnancy, my due date came and went. When I was around 5 days late, I started to believe that I was never going to have this baby. I remember distinctly looking at myself in the mirror and thinking, “That’s it. This is me for the rest of my life. This child will never be born.”
Finally, 10 days after my due date, my mucus plug came out.
Still nothing happened. I didn’t sleep well that night, and the next day I went to see my ob. He said, “You’re not doing much. Goodbye.” After we got home, my husband and I went to take a nap. I woke up with a searing, lightning-like pain that heralded the onset of labor.
-Erika Schwartz, MD, a mom of two, Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, and director of DrErika.com, who’s been in private practice for over 30 years in NYC, specializing over the past 15 years in women’s health, disease prevention, and bio identical hormones