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Common Risks of Going Past Your Due Date Recent studies have shown that there may be some risk of complications associated with going post-term (42 weeks or more), including: Possible infections and/or high blood pressure in the mother. If you’re past your due date and still pregnant, try not to worry. “Most of the time, a woman’s body knows when to go into labor,” says Hansen. After 42 weeks, though, the once-ideal environment in your uterus may become less hospitable.

While only a small contingent of women (some say 3 to 5 percent) give birth on their actual due dates, the vast majority will deliver sometime between 38 and 42 weeks. If you’re past your due date, just know this: You’re not alone. Plenty of women see their due dates come and go without meeting their newborn. What if my pregnancy goes past the due date?

If your pregnancy lasts one week past your estimated due date, your doctor will probably begin checking your baby more closely. Your doctor may use an electronic fetal monitor to check how your baby’s movements affect his or her heart rate. This is called a nonstress test.

If there’s a problem with your baby or you still haven’t delivered 2 weeks after your due date, your doctor will probably induce labor. Inducing can reduce the chance that you’ll need a C-section. Don’t worry, pregnancy due date changes happen. Here are 4 major reasons why they do, and what these shifts can mean for your pregnancy. Your pregnancy due date changes because you have irregular periods.

To estimate your date of delivery, your doctor will ask when your last menstrual period was. For women with irregular cycles, this can be. Nature typically prepares the cervix for delivery in the most efficient, comfortable way. However, if your health care provider is concerned about your health or your baby’s health or your pregnancy continues two weeks past your due date, inducing labor might be the best option. Why the concern after two weeks?

Check on fetal health status: If you are five days past your due date, go for fetal monitoring, count your fetal kicks, and opt for NST (non-stress test), ultrasound and biophysical profile (BPP. If your pregnancy lasts more than 42 weeks, it is called post-term (past due). This happens in a small number of pregnancies. While there are some risks in a post-term pregnancy, most post-term babies are born healthy.

Your health care provider. It’s sometimes difficult to convince a healthy mom that it’s OK to go past her estimated due date. But there is a lot of soft data about the benefits to your baby going to term: They are neurologically mature after 39-40 weeks and not before. They sleep better. They nurse better.

They do better in school later in life.

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The rule estimates the expected date of delivery (EDD) from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period (LMP) by adding 1 year, subtracting 3 months and adding 7 days to that date.

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Premature birth is any delivery, regardless of birth weight, that occurs before 37 completed weeks from the first day of the last menstrual cycle (term is 40 weeks in humans).1 In this regard, gestational age is dated from the first day of the last menstrual cycle.

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That means checking your prenatal records to confirm that your due date is accurate and, if there is reason to suspect that your due date may be wrong and your baby may actually be premature, possibly assessing the maturity of your baby’s lungs by performing amniocentesis.

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• You go past your due date, so your placental function declines (see FYI below).

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The mother is given the date of the 40th week after conception as the estimated date of delivery (EDD), but in reality this date is somewhat arbitrary, as the precise length of her pregnancy of course depends on when she conceived, and not on the date of the LMP.

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For many women there are trigger dates, such as the date of the loss of the due date of the pregnancy.

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• Normal pregnancies vary in length, so due dates are approximate.

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Some apparent cases of prolonged pregnancy are actually miscalculations of the estimated date of delivery (EDD) because the woman has irregular menstrual periods or forgot the date of her last normal period.

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The date of conception may also help to determine if your doctor needs to induce your labor or perform a cesarean section.

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That’s why the medical term for “due date” is EDD, or estimated date of delivery.

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  • Praying for a safe and easy delivery!! Baby P loves it on the inside that she’s just not feeling ready to make an appearance!!! I was 2 weeks overdue with my second ( and last ) baby, I was induced and all went well, he was 9 pounds and 14 ounces!!! It was such a relief to give birth and I felt fantastic after having him, like I could have ran a marathon!!!! Lol best of luck!!!! She’ll come!! I know it’s frustrating but try to enjoy these last moments…..

  • I’m 40 weeks and 4 days, at 40 exact I was 0 cm:( lmao so I’m starting to get cramps and I’m hoping she comes out aha!! I’m scared of induction but I don’t think I’ve had my membranes swiped tho:( my nst test is all good I’m so ready for my baby girl to come OUT Lmaoo.

  • Am 41 weeks 6days and I don’t no when my baby is arriving and its making me sad.what should I do to make my baby come easy cos I can’t wait to see my baby

  • I hope, i can you gratulation for your Baby is born…������ and i wish you for your little Family all the best, love greetings from Germany ❤❤❤

  • I’m 40 weeks today. I feel like she doesn’t want to come out �� I’m sure she’s going to make it to next week as well. bc I don’t really have pain pain. I lose my mucous plug 2 days ago. that day I was having mild back contractions. I’m 3 cm. I’m so impatient now ��

  • I’m ready this to be over, I’m 39 weeks now and 40 next friday, ��my first and second always 40 weeks, I don’t know this 3rd child still waiting.

  • These videos are So helpful!!! I am one of those people who loves learning and absorbing as much info as possible. Even if something seems off and Especially since this is my first pregnancy. I’d much rather have All the info, so I’m not guessing. It actually calms me to know & understand what’s going on, or what may happen.

  • I am 40 weeks and 3 days nothing with this little girl. She is my fifth child (she is my fourth daughter). I will have my children talk to her lol hopefully she will listen. I also have done almost everything and nothing. Babies come when they want to come.

  • Two tablespoons of Castor Oil in Orange Juice worked for me. It was disgusting but two hours later I was in labor. I wish you all the best and hope Mrs. P. gets here soon.

  • Am 40 weeks and 1 day with my baby girl Notting yet am so worried my first boy child born on 39 weeks and 6 days why isn’t this baby coming out am so worried

  • So glad I watched this video, I know it was back in May but I’m currently 40+5 I hadn’t heard about acupressure or visualisation so definitely going to give those a try. Really don’t want to be induced! Thanks for a fab video:)

  • Love this video. I am sitting at 41 weeks and 5 days. I sooo feel you. I was 10 days late with my 4th so I can only imagine how late I will be this time! LOL

  • I have been catching up on ALL pregnancy videos I can’t get enough! Love you videos so helpful. I’m a mother of 2 and currently ttc my 3rd for 2 months now so let’s see how that goes! I seen you had baby P, super adorable love your family and lots of blessings with your new journey that has just begun! Keep doing your things girl! Xoxo

  • I was told by a Thai grandmother that the green papaya salad can start labor! lol I tried ordering it recently and she spoke up and told me not too or I’d have a premie ��

  • The due date is not a magic date, it’s a good guess but it’s not anything to be relied on. Several factors are at work in determining when you could possibly give birth. First, they usually count from the day of the last menstrual cycle 280 days. Well every woman may ovulate at a different time and it’s not even counted at the time of presumed conception. Secondly, not every baby gestates or attaches to the uterine wall at the same speed or rate. Thirdly, women’s bodies and their babies are going to behave differently when the time approaches. Some move into labor slower than others. Not to mention that ultrasounds are not 100% accurate, particularly the later they are administered.

    So don’t get frustrated or scared that the baby didn’t arrive at the magic date they pulled from the sky. If you are doing well and baby is healthy than be calm and patient.

  • I’ve tried all that but I’m 40weeks and 5days today. My baby is moving and kicking but I’m still at 2cm. But my induction date is in 4 days. I’m so happy and ready to see her. ����������

  • I’m 37 weeks and I’m not dilated at all. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I just started sobbing at the thought of being pregnant for more than 40 weeks. I really, really don’t want to be late.

  • Your son is so cute and sweet! <3 I'm seeing this way after the fact, so I hope your little ones are doing great almost 2 years later:D

  • You always look so well put together..do you ever show like a dressed down side hair up no make up side!? With small babies I feel like my getting dolled up days are long gone mind you I’m at stay at home mom ATM.

  • Bull shit. My 3rd baby almost died from a induction and they should ever be done for any reason unless it’s life saving not convenient

  • I came here after I learnt that
    The pirate kings wife gave birth to Ace overdueing her pregnancy by around 11 months maybe… �� I didn’t know it was real

  • I can’t believe she hasn’t come yet! haha!
    My OB/GYN doesn’t like women going past 41 weeks, so thankfully with my second baby, my water broke at 40 weeks +2 days, just 30 minutes before my checkup! We would have been talking about induction at that appointment.
    Whenever little Miss P decides to make her grand entrance, I hope you have a smooth, uneventful labor & delivery and I hope you two will recover quickly. Aaahhhh, I’m so excited for you, come out already P!! ����

  • Due in 3 more days ��, but if ���� girl is still being stubborn i’ll have to get induced this sunday. Hoping & praying she comes NOW.

  • 41 + 2 today!! Feeling so defeated. Have been in latent labor for 3-4 days now, mainly having painful contractions at night, which completely sucks, since that means I haven’t been sleeping now in 3-4 nights. I’m thoroughly knackered!! Have no idea how the heck I’m going to birth this child! The pains have been so intense and this isn’t even it yet! I think I’ll lose my mind if I make it to 41 + 4.

  • You are a rockstar! Way to go mama. Almost there! Ok, when I was over due with both my girls, I swear this sent me into labor. I think it’s all about the position of the baby. I got on my hands and knees & did pelvic rocks and arched my back. I swear that moved my girls (how ever slightly) into the exact right position to send me into labor. You better believe I will be doing that with this 3rd pregnancy at the end! Good luck hun!

  • My due date is today Aug 7th 2018 my daughter still hasn’t come so I’m 40 weeks now made it to 9 months wow!…i have no pain at all or no contractions….This is my first child I’m having a baby girl. Can’t wait to meet my daughter I’m ready! Hopefully she’ll come soon!!!!Agh!!!

  • Are you kidding me, what a journey. had all 3 b4 37wks couldnt take it well i gained over 60# each time. i guessing you’re very healthy

  • I was 10 days late with my first one. Like you I left work early and also got the induction suggestion. I put it off as long as I could for the exact reasons you gave. The night before induction I went into labor. Just breathe and keep positive. By the way my oldest was a girl too:)

  • Hang in there…I was only 40 + 6 with my daughter.. you are superwoman! I remember dying for her arrival and then living the newborn lifestyle and longing for the sleep and relaxation of those last few days before she was born. Enjoy them if you can! Sending best wishes mama!

  • I am 38 weeks pregnant I am praying for you I have a scheduled C-section for by baby girl Hensley on May 26 so I can’t wait to see you and baby Presley looks like!!

  • I’m 40 +3 with induction scheduled for 5/23. I feel that sense of relief knowing I have an end date too. I am still working from home through tomorrow. I give myself the same pep talk every day lol. I haven’t tried accupressure but I’m intrigued now. I’ve tried the rest too. Good luck!

  • I went way over with my son so O can feel your pain. as for ways to get little ones out I was induced so I am no help there. best of luck and I can’t wait to get to meet miss p when she makes her arrival. my next little one is not set to be here till July 3rd so still looking at 6 more weeks

  • I was close to two weeks overdue and I was a perfectly healthy baby. I’m terrified of induction so I hope I don’t go over 40 weeks with my boy (I’m 30 weeks now).

  • I have been checking in daily, I’m glad to see an update. I was concerned. I was late with my 1st and it was excruciating and it was July. I feel your pain. Praying for you all. Our little guy Bennett is expected May 30th, but any moment would be ok with me.

  • I’m a FTM and my doctor let me do an elective induction at 39 weeks on the dot! I go in Sunday, Feb 11,night to start the ripening process ����

  • 41+4 here and doing a natural waterbirth at home… And I’m feeling anxious because she’s probably gained enough weight to where it ll be harder on me…I wish I had good medical advice available like you guys ����

  • I’m so excited to hear you’ll be meeting your little cutie in a few days! I’m due on Wed and in Scotland they will only let you go over by 1 week so I’m booked to start induction on 30th so not long!! Good luck when it happens ��❤ I can’t wait to see baby Presley on your channel! xx

  • i have passed my due date and now it ia 41 weeks and 3 days…what should i do?? i am too much worried doctor asked me for anema…plz anyone tell me that what should i do now?

  • 40 week and im so tired baby please come out, im so big my baby is big already. And this is my 3rd baby i thought 3rd baby is early and fast like my second child i delivery him so fast �� hoping today or tomorrow.

  • Just like premature delivery overdue date delivery is also a nightmare for moms & m one of them. God plz don’t let anyone face these. Bless everyone with all of their best times.

  • well i am 40 months and 4 days and although ive been told i am glowing which would be down to my blood cells increasing by 50%. science certainly not beauty.

  • i went 42 weeks exactly with my first in Canada. Its 42 weeks on east cost or Dr preference. He came on his own the morning i was to be induced. please dont do castor oil. i did and it didn’t work like they said just caused issues with his weight and more issues inside and after. an old dr told me to that was retired and came back here and there to help fill in for Dr’s.

  • IT IS FUNNY BECAUSE WHEN I WAS GOING TO HAVE MY4 BABY GIRL. SHE DIDN’T WHEN TO COME AT ALL. MY 4 1/2 YEAR OLD BOY WALKED UP AND PUT HIS HANDS ON
    MY BELLY AND TOLD HER TO GET OUT. SHE KICKED HIS HAND. WHEN HE TOLD HER TO COME OUT TO HIM. MY LOOKED AND SAID THAT IS NOT NICES. THEN HE TOLD HER AGEIN TO GET OUT SO THEY COULD PLAY. AND BY 12:45 am THAT NIGHT SHE DID JUST WHAT HER BROTHER TOLD HER TO DO.

  • im not pregnant but I have had 4 children! i had all my kids ar 38 weeks and 1 at 36 weeks because of high BP. I kinda feel sad I never got to experience going into labour myself. I cannot imagine how 41 plus weeks must feel omg!
    sending prayers for a healthy quick delivery and hope all goes well. Goodluck beautiful lady xxxx

  • You are such a champ and you look amazing! I’ve only been following for a few months but I keep checking back to see if you’ve had Miss P. Sex worked for us but you sound like you’ve exhausted the options. All my girlfriends and I were doing squats around the house around our due dates lol!

  • The rate of still birth does not go up significantly but slightly. Check evidence based birth for current statistics and correct information.

  • Today is a good day!:) My son’s birthday is today. We are only 8wks with our new little that was a complete surprise (but a very good one).

  • I was induced at 41 + 3 and he was 10 lbs 12 oz! It was far from easy but if I could push him out you can get your little out! Good luck! ��������

  • You are looking fabulous momma totally got that pregnancy glow. You have the cutest bump and carry beautifully. You should do the baby momma dance video and pregnancy tag video if possible. Have you had any embarrassing symptoms like a lot of gas farting or just embarrassing symptoms in general. I know this might be something you want to keep private but how have you been intimacy wise during pregnancy? Have you ever had anyone ask to touch/rub your belly to feel baby kick/move? How do you feel about belly touchers? Hope baby comes soon and you have an easy quick labor.

  • I’m currently 33 weeks and so done lol! They just gaged my little boy to be bigger than my first which was 9lbs 14oz�� I might die lol! He’s one big boy!! Hope baby P comes soon! Your son is just too cute!!����☺️

  • You should be happy with this. İf you are carrying your child more then 40 weeks, it has more development. You will definitely have a very healthy child. İt’s actually very good news. You should be blessed. Do some research. You are actually blessed! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7706587/Inducing-labour-41-weeks-save-thousands-babies.html

  • My due dates is pass due…

    Now it’s almost 9days…
    Any advice???
    Coz my partner and his family now angry because they said wrong dates..

  • Hang in there Brianna! You’re doing great! Will still be praying for y’all. At least you can see the light at the end of the tunnel now!

  • I’m 42 weeks and 4day i have pain but nothing coming out like mucus or bleeding the baby is pushing every now I’m worried what’s going on is dangerous go baby and I was go to doc last week she said next week until today nothing happen but I have sign every thing nothing coming out to show me I must go hospital PLC help me

  • I went a week overdue with my daughter and I remember feeling like I was dying �� My doctor wouldn’t induce until 42 weeks as well.

  • I had my daughter at 42 weeks exactly (with her induction time only hours away!). It was so hard to be positive and not cranky, but you are doing an AMAZING job! I hope she comes soon and you have a super quick and smooth labor and delivery!!!

  • Oh my goodness girl you have tried everything!!! You poor thing!! Praying baby P comes soon for you!! Excited to see this sassy chica❤️

  • I’m on my 3rd baby and I’m 40 weeks and 4 days tomorrow… my doc scheduled me for induction at 41 weeks but is now talking about pushing it to 42 weeks and I am out of my mind. I have family that traveled from different stares to meet baby and have to leave again in less than a week. Today I had contractions from 2 am to 2 pm. I was convinced I’d have my baby tonight, then the contractions suddenly stopped. I feel so frustrated. I wanna cry I’m so disappointed ☹️

  • my sister had no Labour pains at all and she was over due and doctor recommended for c section. Why don’t doctors these days induce Labour and still go for normal delivery?

  • Congratulations, hope you have an easy delivery. Now you can review the mini clubs at Club Med. My kids have been going to them since the 80’s.