Your due date come and gone, the hospital bag is packed, and the nursery is setup. Yet you find yourself still pregnant and anxiously waiting for your little one to make his/her debut!
If You’re wondering what to do when you’re past your due date, here are some items to consider:
Due date is calculated as 40weeks in the very first day of your last period. But this is just an estimate as the actual delivery date is dependent on factors like the period of the menstrual cycle and the exact date of conception, which may vary from woman to woman. Therefore, only about one in 25 (four per cent) infants is born on their due date and approximately one in five babies have been born at 41 weeks or later?
Although, it’s possible to give birth to a healthy baby even when you’re late night, your gynecologist will be monitoring you closely every couple of days. Natasha, a 29 year old first time mom says, “In spite of using a normal pregnancy I needed to be triggered during my 41st week once the level of amniotic fluid started dropping and it was no longer safe for the baby to remain inside”. Other factors like baby’s growth, fetal heartbeat, movements and breathing, will be assessed as things can advance very quickly at this stage.
You will obtain a of lot suggestions for how best to accelerate labour from well-meaning friends and family. Sameera, who was two week overdue says, “I travelled for brisk walks. I ate hot food. I did everything!”
If you go searching for it, you will encounter advice such as exercise, dancing, having sex as well as nipple stimulation! It’s ideal to stay away from old wives tales such as these and seek advice from your health care provider before attempting anything.
If waiting is no longer an option; your physician might induce labor. Typical practices include membrane sweeping and busting waters. Prostaglandin, a hormone like substance that stimulates contractions and Pitocin (artificial Oxytocin) are usually administered to speed up labour. In some cases your doctor might indicate a scheduled C-section too depending on what is most appropriate for you and your baby.
This is a good time to unwind. Pamper yourself and spend a while with your partner because once the baby arrives, you’ll be too busy.