Pregnancy is generally considered to be a 40 week gestation and there is a lot of pressure on mom’s who are considered “overdue“. The 40 week due date is based upon Naegele’s Rule. This theory was originated by Harmanni Boerhaave, a botanist who in 1744 came up with a method of calculating the EDD based upon evidence in the Bible that human gestation lasts approximately 10 lunar months. However, a lunar month is actually 29-53 days, which makes 10 lunar months approx. 295 days, a full 15 days longer than the 280 days gestation we’ve have always been lead to believe is average. So when is a baby really overdue?
Therefore when we came across this poem, we couldn’t resist sharing it with you.
My baby is not a library book
So she is not overdue,
My baby doesn’t take long to cook
Because she is not a veggie stew.
My baby is not an elephant
And I’m not fit to burst,
The time and date aren’t relevant
We are blessed with days, not cursed.
My baby can’t read dates as yet,
because she is very new,
So there is no cause to fuss and fret,
if she doesn’t come out on cue.
So stop your worry,
Stop your asking,
There is no hurry
In this golden pregnant time
this pause, which is just hers and mine.
Just leave us be, we are fine.