40
reasons
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
End right by starting right. Keep all prenatal appointments!
2
Savor the journey. Soon you will meet your Baby!
3
Let nature take over. There are fewer complications and risks through normal birth.
4
Recover faster from normal birth than cesarean, which is major abdominal surgery.
5
Birth a Brainier Baby–At 35 weeks your baby’s brain is only 2/3rds the size it will be at term!
6
Set her thermostat–Baby will better regulate her temperature when born at term.
7
Boost Breastfeeding! Term babies more effectively suck and swallow than babies born earlier.
8
Delight in those Kicks & Flips! Marvel at the miracle of the life inside!
9
Enjoy your convenient excuse for every mood swing & crazy craving!
10
Nourish your body–a healthy diet and breastfeeding will help you lose the baby weight.
11
Let others carry the groceries, mail & packages just a little while longer.
12
Indulge in “We” time, before you’re a threesome or more!
13
Sport your Bump! As your belly increases so do your chances of getting a great seat anywhere!
14
Eat Healthfully, indulge occasional cravings without remorse.
15
Give baby the benefit of time–you may not know exactly when you got pregnant.
16
Let baby pick her birthday. If she decides to emerge after 37 weeks there’s no reason to stop your spontaneous labor.
17
Skip an Induction which could lead to cesarean by waiting for labor to start on its own.
18
Reduce your baby’s risks of jaundice, low blood sugar and infection by waiting until he’s ready to emerge.
19
Build your baby’s muscles, they’ll be strong & firm, and ready to help fed & flex at term.
20
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. Nothing is convenient about a longer labor and increasing your risk of cesarean.
22
Respond to requests to speed baby’s birth with the facts: inductions often create more painful labor and can lead to cesarean.
23
Let others do the heavy lifting and and the house cleaning.
24
Finish well–more time in the womb usually means less time in the hospital.
25
Right now you’re the perfect mom–your healthy pregnancy habits are growing baby the best possible way.
26
Finish well–more time in the womb usually means less time in the hospital.
27
Relax! Babies are usually so much easier to care for in the womb.
28
Shamelessly wear comfy stretchy clothes!
29
Postpone changing the eventual 5,000+ diapers baby will use.
30
Be out & about without having to buckle, unbuckle, rebuckle baby into her car seat or stroller while running errands!
31
Carry your most stylish purses: Especially the ones too small to hold diapers and wipes!
32
Relish Parenting–right now you know exactly where baby is and what she’s doing.
33
Snooze while you can… what sleep you’re currently getting is actually quite a lot compared to the interruptions ahead.
34
Massage remains a must. Ask your partner to help ease the aches.
35
Enjoy nights out without paying for a babysitter.
36
Indulge in shopping, without a baby in tow…
37
Redecorate your house around your nursery’s theme.
38
Prop your paperback–your burgeoning belly peaks at just the right reading height!
39
Make the best-possible birth experience: don’t rush it!
40
Spontaneous Labor Matters! Write your own reason…

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