Know a mom who’s pregnant and overdue? Wondering how to help? Here are eight ways to encourage a mom who’s pregnant past her due date.
With Lucas turning three later this week (how?!) I’ve been thinking back to his birth and my final weeks of pregnancy. Lucas was born exactly one week after his due date and I’m pretty sure that that final week when I was past due was the longest week of my life, ha!
Third trimester is hard already and when baby decides to stay inside past the due date it can seem like you’ll be pregnant FOREVER. It can be easy to feel frustrated, defeated, and even depressed when you’re overdue and waiting for labor to start.
Even though you know that logically you’ll be giving birth soon, your brain basically tricks you into thinking it’s never going to happen.
I know I’m definitely not the only mom who’s felt that way, so today I want to share some ways to encourage a mom who is pregnant past her due date. Hopefully this will help you to be a blessing to the pregnant mom in your life!
And if you are that pregnant mom who is pregnant past her due date, feel free share this article with your family and friends, in case they need a little hint. 😉
Eight Ways to Encourage a Mom Who’s Pregnant Past Her Due Date
1. Invite her over for dinner
You don’t feel like cooking when you’re past your due date, trust me. But you also probably don’t feel like sitting around at home, thinking about the fact that you’re still pregnant. An invitation to dinner solves both problems: you don’t have to cook, and you’re distracted from the misery of being 40+ weeks pregnant by the company of friends. Yay!
2. Pray for her (and let her know that you are!)
Knowing that someone is thinking about you enough to take the time to pray is so encouraging.
3. Treat her to some pampering
Getting pampered is amazing any time, but when you’re pregnant it’s extra appreciated! Whether it’s a pedicure, a pre-natal massage, or a new haircut, a little pampering will go a long way in encouraging a mom who is feeling a little down about being overdue.
4. Babysit for her
The end of pregnancy is even harder when you already have kiddos. Free babysitting gives a pregnant mom a chance to get in a little extra sleep or complete some last minute baby prep.
5. Ask how she is doing
This sounds so basic, but everyone appreciates being checked on. A simple “How are you doing?” can go a long way.
Curious what not to say to an overdue pregnant woman? Well, I could probably write another article just about that, but to start don’t keep asking if baby has arrived yet. She will let you know, I promise.
Bottom line: asking how she’s doing is perfect and appreciated. But keep all your other questions to yourself. 😉
6. Share some encouraging Bible verses
There are so many encouraging verses in the Bible that are perfect for a mom who’s still pregnant past her due date. I shared some of my favorite verses for labor here and they are perfect for the days leading up to the birth as well!
I wouldn’t necessarily suggest just spouting out a bunch of Bible verses when you see that your friend is discouraged – sometimes just listening empathetically is the best thing you can do – but writing out a few verses for her to read later could definitely be a blessing.
7. Send her and her hubby on a date
Date nights may not happen for awhile once baby comes, so send your friend out on a final pre-baby date with her spouse. Pablo and I were able to get away for a night at a hotel right before Lucas was born and it was such a treat, especially because there was a pool which felt sooo good.
8. Bring her a baby gift . . . and chocolate!
Bringing a baby gift will encourage your mom friend that the end is in sight and she’ll be holding her sweet baby SOON. Chocolate is always a good gift too. 😉
I’d love to hear from you; what ideas do you have for encouraging expectant moms who have passed their due dates? Let me know in the comments!