Pregnancy Tips Past Your Due Date David Miller, MD
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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.
List of related literature:
|from Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives E-Book|
|from Fetal and Neonatal Physiology|
|from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between|
|from Expecting 411 (4th edition): The Insider’s Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth|
|from The Complementary Therapist’s Guide to Conventional Medicine E-Book: A Textbook and Study Course|
|from The 5-minute Obstetrics and Gynecology Consult|
|from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide|
|from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing E-Book|
|from Your Vegetarian Pregnancy: A Month-by-Month Guide to Health and Nutrition|
|from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition|