ready to take place; especially :
hanging threateningly over one's head -
Describes the condition of a 36 week pregnant woman.
So many things are imminent.
A contraction is imminent. The threat of your water breaking is imminent. The onset of true labor is imminent. The arrival of your baby is imminent. And complete change to life as you know it is imminent.
Okay, so this could all happen sometime before 45 weeks are up... or 50 perhaps. But still, my baby's arrival is imminent no matter how you look at it.
Unless... has anybody ever stayed pregnant forever? That birth was always imminent, right? Whether it was 37 weeks or 50. Even 50 weeks is better than forever.
Being famous has it's pros but that's one thing I wouldn't want to be put in the Guinness Book of World Records for: Woman Who Stayed Pregnant Forever.
I like the concept of imminent so much better.
But then I realized... if only imminent guaranteed a deadline I could know about... If only imminent could be more exact... If only imminent could happen soon... If only imminent could get my baby here.
Imminent is only reactive to an event; imminent doesn't cause the event to take place.
If I stay pregnant forever, imminent does me no good. But it sure was a nice idea while it lasted.