If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters. -- Nora Ephron
The third trimester of pregnancy can drag on and on. It may seem as if you've been pregnant forever. You may find yourself counting the days to your due date, anxiously awaiting your first contraction. Who'd have thought you'd ever look forward to labor?
You may be ready to stop being pregnant, but that doesn't mean your baby is ready to be born. Your baby would most likely survive if he or she were born today, but the last several weeks of pregnancy are critical. During these weeks your baby's lungs grow strong, his or her brain cells develop rapidly, and your baby gets antibodies from you that protect him or her from infections as a newborn.
When your patience wears thin, envision meeting your baby 10 weeks from now -- perfectly formed, healthy, and ready to live outside your womb.
Affirmation: The homestretch is vital for my baby's well-being.