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Well, since you can't make her sleep, I would just put up with the cranky afternoon times and see if she transitions to not needing that nap. At some point, whether they are 2 or 5, when kids first start skipping their nap, they are irritable and tired in the afternoon or evening. I think I'd rather deal with it being 9 months pregnant than with a newborn.
She may very well be tired and benefit from a nap for a while longer, but if it's a 2 hour struggle to get her to sleep, is it really worth it? I would just put her to bed earlier in the evening a few nights and see how it goes. She still may nap in the car from time to time, but she really may be ready to go all-day without sleeping.
All four of my kids stopped napping by their 2nd birthday; however, my youngest is 3.5 yrs old and has been falling asleep at preschool (he just started, and it's full-day). I still don't believe for a min. he should have been napping at home the past year and a half - he had times where he was grumpy before dinner (don't we all?), and times where he fell asleep in the car, but for the most part, he got through the days just fine. In fact, if he did end up taking a nap (like on a long car ride), he would stay up past midnight before falling asleep again. I'm not sure if you would be okay with that scenario, but it's a possibility once kids are ready to give up their naps but end up taking them some days.