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The Overdue Blues

Finally, your due date arrives, and you're all set to greet your baby. Then...nothing. You're still pregnant the next day, and the next, and the next. Tired and on edge, you wonder if it's possible to deliver a 2-year-old.

I can relate. Pregnant with my third baby, I was convinced that I was going to deliver early. Wrong. Not only did I make it to my due date, but I was still pregnant two weeks later. I took advice from anyone and everyone on how to stimulate labor. My husband and I had sex, over and over again. It didn't work. I indulged in Chinese meals and other supposedly labor-inducing fare. Five pounds later, the baby still wouldn't budge. We drove over bumpy roads, but my water remained stubbornly intact.

Two weeks after my due date, my doctor induced labor. Six hours later a 10-pound girl, Samantha, was born. At last, my seemingly endless pregnancy was over.

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