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40reasons to go the full 40

Your baby needs a full 40 weeks of pregnancy to grow and develop. While being done with pregnancy may seem tempting, especially during those last few weeks, inducing labor is associated with increased risks including prematurity, cesarean surgery, hemorrhage, and infection.

Labor should only be induced for medical reasons—not for convenience or scheduling. Baby will let you know when they’re ready to emerge. Until then, here are 40 reasons to go the full 40 weeks of pregnancy.

#1

Prenatal Appointments

End right by starting right. Keep all prenatal appointments!

#2

Pregnancy Journey

Savor the journey. Soon you will meet your Baby!

#3

Natural Birth

Let nature take over. There are fewer complications and risks through normal birth.

#4

Natural Birth Recovery

Recover faster from normal birth than cesarean, which is major abdominal surgery.

#5

Brainy Baby

Birth a Brainier Baby–At 35 weeks your baby’s brain is only 2/3rds the size it will be at term!

#6

Regulate Baby Temperature

Set her thermostat–Baby will better regulate her temperature when born at term.

#7

Boost Breastfeeding

Boost Breastfeeding! Term babies more effectively suck and swallow than babies born earlier.

#8

Miracle of Life

Delight in those Kicks & Flips! Marvel at the miracle of the life inside!

#9

Eat Cravings

Enjoy your convenient excuse for every mood swing & crazy craving!

#10

Nourish Body

Nourish your body–a healthy diet and breastfeeding will help you lose the baby weight.

#11

Let Others Carry The Groceries

Let others carry the groceries, mail & packages just a little while longer.

#12

Indulge in We Time

Indulge in “We” time, before you’re a threesome or more!

#13

Sport Your Bump

Sport your Bump! As your belly increases so do your chances of getting a great seat anywhere!

#14

Eat Healthily

Eat Healthfully, indulge occasional cravings without remorse.

#15

Give Baby Benefit of Time

Give baby the benefit of time–you may not know exactly when you got pregnant.

#16

Let Baby Pick Birthday

Let baby pick her birthday. If she decides to emerge after 37 weeks there’s no reason to stop your spontaneous labor.

#17

Skip Induction

Skip an Induction which could lead to cesarean by waiting for labor to start on its own.

#18

Reduce Baby's Risks

Reduce your baby’s risks of jaundice, low blood sugar and infection by waiting until he’s ready to emerge.

#19

Build Baby's Muscles

Build your baby’s muscles, they’ll be strong & firm, and ready to help fed & flex at term.

#20

Strengthen Little Lungs

Maximize those little lungs–babies born just 2 or more weeks early can have twice the number of complications with breathing.

#21

Ignore people who say induction is more convenient

Ignore People who say induction is more convenient. Nothing is convenient about a longer labor and increasing your risk of cesarean.

#22

Respond with Facts

Respond to requests to speed baby’s birth with the facts: inductions often create more painful labor and can lead to cesarean.

#23

House Cleaning

Let others do the heavy lifting and and the house cleaning.

#24

Pedicure

Splurge on pedicures, or ask a friend to do them for you, especially when you can’t see or touch your feet!

#25

Perfect Mom

Right now you’re the perfect mom–your healthy pregnancy habits are growing baby the best possible way.

#26

Finish Pregnancy Well

Finish well–more time in the womb usually means less time in the hospital.

#27

Relax During Pregnancy

Relax! Babies are usually so much easier to care for in the womb.

#28

Wear Comfy Clothes

Shamelessly wear comfy stretchy clothes!

#29

Diaper Changes

Postpone changing the eventual 5,000+ diapers baby will use.

#30

Baby Car Seat

Be out & about without having to buckle, unbuckle, rebuckle baby into her car seat or stroller while running errands!

#31

Carry Your Purse

Carry your most stylish purses: Especially the ones too small to hold diapers and wipes!

#32

Enjoy Parenting

Relish Parenting–right now you know exactly where baby is and what she’s doing.

#33

Sleep During Pregnancy

Snooze while you can… what sleep you’re currently getting is actually quite a lot compared to the interruptions ahead.

#34

Massage

Massage remains a must. Ask your partner to help ease the aches.

#35

Enjoy Nights Out

Enjoy nights out without paying for a babysitter.

#36

Enjoy Shopping

Indulge in shopping, without a baby in tow…

#37

Redecorate the House

Redecorate your house around your nursery’s theme.

#38

Paperback Book

Prop your paperback–your burgeoning belly peaks at just the right reading height!

#39

Best Possible Birth Experience

Make the best-possible birth experience: don’t rush it!

#40

Spontaneous Labor Matters

Spontaneous Labor Matters! Write your own reason…