Past the Due Date: Why the System Wants You to Freak Out and What to Do About It

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In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the due date and what happens when you pass it.

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  1. Molly says:

    Sharing this! My sons came at 43+3 and 42+6. I birthed them naturally, and the second one was born at home. I just gestate longer, no need to induce.

  2. Ashley says:

    My first baby at 40 weeks suddenly had almost no fluid around her. I was induced for fear of losing her. I had been hydrating and resting, and there were no signs of low fluid one week prior. This incident makes me worry that I should not labor over 40 weeks with this second baby without frequent monitoring just to be on the safe side. Is my theory accurate in your opinion?

  3. Ashley, it’s really hard to say without knowing the whole clinical picture. I’d say in a general sense that attention to nutrition from the very beginning (specifically protein, calories and minerals!) would be a great recommendation. I don’t believe frequent monitoring has really been shown to improve outcomes, although doing something as simple as kick counts can be reassuring and may prevent problems. If it were me, I’d go with that each pregnancy is different, work on nourishing myself and also educating myself and learning as much as I could about the risks and benefits of interventions, the lack of positive outcomes when technology is used routinely and most importantly would work on my intuition and finding my strength so that I could truly make the best choices for myself and my baby. Less influence and fear from the outside, more connection from within.

  4. Jeremia says:

    This is awesome thank you so much. I am technically according to their faulty due date 42weeks and 2 days. My midwife did just that she dropped me from Care after a post dated ultra sound showed I had low fluid. I drank more water and I’ve had no medical issues my entire pregnancy. She set up an appointment with a “high risk” OB but I knew there was nothing wrong so I decided not to go. My body and baby are fine and healthy. I just make sure to stay extra hydrated as that is what I know fills amniotic fluid regularly. It has been hot and I was trying to walk to help her come along but she will come when she is ready. Meditation prayer and support from my husband are what are getting me through this waiting period until I finally meet my princess this is my 4 child first girl so we are overjoyed ? thank you again for this reassuring podcast!

  5. Mihelle D. says:

    Amazing….this was a blessing as I am 40 weeks today…ha! My spirit told me to relax and be patient. The Lord is good! This is my fourth child and everything about her is different. I had my other three children early (just by days). She is definitely unique.
    The doctors and people suggest I induce and I said no. I stopped going to my appointments at 36 weeks because of the non stop stressing (high risk because I am 41 and blood pressure went up one time) and test after test which I didn’t consent too (this pisses them off further). Going to the ob gyn and using their med wives were unbelievable stressful too.
    I do appreciate your website and this podcast. It really helped and made my day. I wish all women can stick together and inspire each other. Also, help and many women are enemies of each other in these modern days.

  6. Sara Morris says:

    I am so happy to have found your site and amazing pod casts! Thank you for sharing so much! You’re helping me so much to gain clarity and confidence. Wondering where I could learn more about the meconium issue, as that was a scare tactic used on me in my three previous births, which all ended in traumatic c sections. I’m leaning towards free birth this time! I haven’t been able to find any support at all in my area regarding vba3c professionally or even personally. Any recommendations would be so appreciated!

  7. Maryn Green says:

    Thanks Sara! We do have a podcast on meconium: and you can find ALLLLLL our podcasts on this page, and one more thing…check out our 13 Moons amazing birth class for a ton of resources including those for VBAC. Much love, Maryn

  8. Sara Morris says:

    I so appreciate your timely response! Checking it out now!

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