Kate Middleton is four days overdue. And she’s probably OVER IT.
News today suggests that everyone’s royal BFF, The Duchess of Cambridge, may be as many as four days past her due date with royal cuteness number two. Four days? Pfft, it’s only four days, right? Wrong! When you are in the final stages of pregnancy, even a day feels like a week. It’s a bizarre alteration of time which might feel short to some but for mum-to-be, it’s the most drawn out, agonising wait you’ll ever experience.
As baby watch goes into overdrive and the world awaits news of Kate’s labour, the poor girl is no doubt left feeling like so many many overdue mum’s before her; OVER IT.
My first son was two weeks overdue and let me tell you, it’s not all farts and rainbows when it comes to the late stages of pregnancy (ok, there are plenty of farts) In fact, only five per cent of babies actually arrive on their due date so I’m guessing a lot of mums out there can relate to the feeling of being well and truly past your role as human incubator.
Here are some things that you should not say to an overdue mum.
1. “You’re huge.”
Now anyone with eyes can see that Kate has maintained an enviable figure throughout her pregnancy. Really, she’s the kind of preggo us other preggos tend to hate.
Here she is looking like a model with a basketball shoved down her top, while other expectant mums like myself more resemble a bloated savannah creature.
However, regardless of how you look to others on the outside, being past your due date is uncomfortable and you think you look like a wilderbeast.
Nothing fits, you can’t see your feet and there is so much pressure on your internal organs you feel like an overstuffed sausage.
I spent my final days of pregnancy lounging around in my husbands pyjama pants and gravy stained t-shirts because frankly at that point, I no longer gave a shit. I just wanted that baby out.
Basically, we know we are massive and no one more than us wants that situation rectified. Don’t point it out.
In fact, top tip: refrain from commenting on a woman’s body at any time.
2. “You think you’re tired now, wait until the baby arrives!”
Carrying around a fully cooked baby is hard work, not to mention all that extra fluid you’ve accumulated along the way.
Gone are those magical days of trimester two where you seemed to float through life like a pregnancy unicorn filled with an abundance of extra energy. Now you’re a zombie like creature who needs a rest after shuffling to the kitchen for a curry that someone suggested to ‘get things moving’.
Yes, you’ll be tired when the baby comes. Babies do that to you, but don’t under estimate how tiring it is carrying that thing around at well past due date.