Past Your Due Date?

» Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your due date has come and gone, the hospital bag is packed, and the nursery is setup. Yet you end up still pregnant and waiting for your little one to create his/her debut!

If you’re wondering what to do when you’re past your due date, here are some things to consider:

Due date is calculated as 40 weeks from the first day of your last period. However, this is just an estimate as the actual due date depends on factors like the length of the menstrual cycle and also the precise date of conception, which might differ from woman to woman. Therefore, only about 1 in 25 (four per cent) infants are born on their due date and about one in five babies are born at 41 weeks or later.

Natasha, a 29 year old first time mother says, “In spite of having a normal pregnancy I needed to be induced during my 41st week when the degree of amniotic fluid began falling and it was no longer safe for the infant to remain inside”. Other variables like baby’s growth, fetal heartbeat, breathing and moves, will be assessed as things can advance very fast at this phase.Woman, Pregnant, Mother, Female, Belly

You will receive a of lot suggestions for how best to speed up labor from well-meaning friends and family. Sameera, who was two week overdue states, “I went for brisk walks. I ate hot food. I did everything”

If you go looking for it, you will come across advice like exercise, dancing, having sex and even nipple stimulation! It’s best to stay away from old wives tales like these and consult your doctor before trying anything.

In case waiting is no longer a choice; your doctor might induce labour. Typical practices include membrane stripping and busting waters. Sometimes your doctor may schedule a scheduled C-section too depending on what is best for you and your infant.

This is a fantastic time to unwind. Use this opportunity to catch up on your sleep. Put your feet up, read, and relax. Pamper yourself and spend some quality time with your partner because when the baby arrives, you’ll be too busy.

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