My son decided to come ten days after the due date. I always jsut knew that he was waiting until we were ready. We had "practice contractions" for three weeks before I gave birth- every night around 9 or 10, they would start, and we'd think- maybe this is it..... and it wasnt. SO, once we got 9 days past due date, the midwives had to send me for some testing- in case I got really late and needed to go to the hospital, they would get into trouble for not doing it- (I hadnt had any ultrasound all preg.) so Iwent to get ultrasound and fetal heart monitoring on the ninth day, and of course, when i was there- i lost my mucuos plug! so i knew he was coming - and all the tests came up fine
So, he was ten days past due. I was in tune with him, he was in tune with me. I just followed my intuition and i knew it would be fine in the end. it would go how it was meant to be.
Once we got 6 days past due, I got massage and accupuncture(she did treatments on the areas that supposedly will help labor begin)- didnt work for me. I started eating spicy foods, which i always loved- didnt bring on labor either.
I think part of it for me was psychological-needing to get to the point where I ABSOLUTELY had to get this baby out!!! I got so completely uncomfortable and huge I was really truly ready. I did all the reading I could have, and visualized and planned and dreamed ENOUGH! I was done with this pregnancy thing!! I hadnt felt that previously.
we were ready and it went beautifully and intensely, but manageable. truly my own, our own. on our own time, not the clock and calendars