40 Reasons to Go the Full 40
Nobody likes to be rushed - especially babies!
Your baby needs a full 40 weeks of pregnancy to grow and develop. While being done with pregnancy may seem tempting, especially during those last few weeks, inducing labor is associated with increased risks including prematurity, cesarean surgery, hemorrhage, and infection. Labor should only be induced for medical reasons - not for convenience or scheduling concerns. Your baby will let you know when she's ready to emerge. Until then, here are 40 reasons to go at least the full 40 weeks of pregnancy.

Finish healthy and well
  1. End right by starting right - keeping all of your parental appointments helps ensure a healthier ending
  2. Savor the journey - soon you will meet your baby
  3. Let nature take over - there are fewer complications and risks for both you and baby through natural birth
  4. Recover faster from a natural birth than cesarean, which is major abdominal surgery that causes more pain, requires a longer hospital stay, and a longer recovery
  5. Birth a brainier baby - at 35 weeks your baby's brain is only two-thirds the size it will be at term
  6. Set her thermostat - your baby will better regulate her temperature when born at term
  7. Boost breastfeeding - term babies more effectively suck and swallow then babies born earlier
  8. Delight in those kicks and flips - marvel at the miracle of the life inside
  9. Enjoy your convenient excuse for every mood swing and crazy craving
  10. Nourish you body - a healthy diet and breastfeeding will help you lose the baby weight

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