A while back I was talking with my Dad and he mentioned, “I read a study that noted how women who engage in heavy housework tend not to go overdue with their pregnancies.” He paused. “That might explain why you’re always so late with yours.”
It’s true, I am a lazy excuse for a housekeeper and I’d rather spend a day at the beach with the kids than mop the floors or scrub pee stains off the toilet seat. It’s an area I know I need to achieve better balance in and sometimes I wish I were a Type-A personality who couldn’t relax and have fun until everything was scratched off of her To-Do list. Instead, I’m like, “What To-Do list? Let’s go out for coffee!”
So perhaps that’s why I went overdue with my first two pregnancies…too much lounging and not enough housework. That being said, I have been busier than ever with this pregnancy: moving, packing, cleaning, unpacking, chasing after the two screaming children, more cleaning, and falling into bed exhausted every night. I have been experiencing lots of Braxton-Hicks contractions and a big part of me is hoping that all this out-of-the-ordinary (for me) exertion will indeed bring on a pleasantly early delivery. Like, 38 weeks would be perfect. Let’s hope the baby gets the memo.
Do you think it’s true, that the level of a woman’s physical activity has an effect on whether she’ll go overdue or not? What was your experience?