Okay, obviously I’m exaggerating, but it certainly feels like that to me now! I had my due date figured up as January 5th and here we are on January 23rd and I’m STILL PREGNANT. I wake up every day, with no signs of labor, feeling disappointed that it’s probably yet at least another day before we meet our newest little one.
Going over my due date is nothing new for me. Both of my girls were born 11 days past their due date. It felt like forever each time. I thought for sure that I’d have my baby in my arms by January 16th at the very latest. It came and went. So did the next day, and the next. January 19th came around and I still had no baby and no signs of labor.
I started to wonder (naturally) why I hadn’t gone into labor yet, so I went back to my calendar. Back when I got my positive pregnancy test I was still nursing my 3rd child Zellene. I’d only had one cycle before I got pregnant again and I knew without a doubt that it lasted well over 28 days. I’d based my due date around a few days of spotting I’d had, assuming it was implantation bleeding. I’d never had implantation bleeding before, but because I got my positive pregnancy test less than 3 weeks after that bleeding, I figured it had to be that.
But now, I questioned it. Everything with the baby is fine — he/she still has plenty of room in there, I’m measuring right at 40 weeks now and had measured a week or two behind all along………maybe I was wrong? What was up with my body and this pregnancy?!
Well, like any normal American these days, I turned to Google. What I found surprised me: Ovulation Bleeding. Have you ever heard of it? I hadn’t. I’d never experienced it before either. Apparently it’s normal for some women to bleed mid-cycle as they are ovulating. It’s actually a sign of a strong ovulation. As I read over the symptoms and compared them to implantation bleeding symptoms, it became pretty clear to me that what I’d thought was implantation bleeding was really ovulation bleeding.
This was both a good and bad thing. The good news is that I truly am not as overdue as I’d once suspected. From running the numbers again, it now looks like my actual “due date” was probably closer to January 19th — give or take a few days………..the bad news is that it means I still probably have to wait a few more days before I have this baby, since going a few days past my due date is the norm for me.
So, for those of you still on baby watch……..there’s no baby news yet. I’m doing well, the baby is doing well, and will, I’m certain, be here pretty soon. Hopefully I’ll have baby pictures to post for you soon!