Your due date is creeping closer and closer until it passes and your baby still isn’t here. What are you supposed to do when your pregnancy goes past your due date?
The first thing to do is remember that due dates are simply a calculated estimate of when your baby will be 40 weeks. Your due date does not mean an exact date of when your baby will come and it’s normal to give birth before or after your due date.
Prenatal care will continue after you pass your due date. During these visits following your due date, your OBGYN will continue to check the baby’s heart rate, position, and your baby’s movements. If you’re over your due date, your OBGYN might do fetal heart monitoring, a non-stress test, and in some cases, labor induction may be recommended.
Labor induction is the stimulation of uterine contractions during pregnancy to achieve a vaginal birth before labor begins naturally. There are a few methods used to induce labor and these methods include:
There are potential risks associated with labor induction which include: changes in fetal heart rate, infection, contractions of the uterus that are too strong, or induction not working. You and your fetus will be monitored throughout the entire process to ensure you are both tolerating it well.