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    Overdue

    One of the most visited and commented on pages on Pregnancy Birth and Beyond is the one on being overdue. I thought it would be far better to start a thread on being overdue and any questions you may have. To start this thread off one of our website visitors asked the following:

    Hi there, I am currently 40 weeks and 3 days overdue, I a booked in for a induction next wednesday 31st august 2011, how quickly wld i go into labout after being induced, wld it be on the day I cld have my baby or days after, I had c section with my 3 year old, so i had no real proper pain etc with her as she was brich,i had no contractions etc and she was 11 days early, so a natural birth to me is all quite frightening.
    Can you help, share your experience or offer suggestions?
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    The success of going into labour depends on your body's readiness to go into labour. Your baby may be born on the day of the induction or the following day. Has your midwife or doctor explained the risks of induction of labour (particularly as you've had a previous caesarean)? Have you tried any natural strategies such as acupuncture, sex, nipple stimulation, homeopathic remedies? Are you able to see a midwife, childbirth educator or doula to provide information and support for your upcoming labour? You can search for a midwife, doula, childbirth educator (or other practitioner specialising in pregnancy and birth) on Pregnancy Birth and Beyonds "Find a Pratitioner" search.
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    I was a day overdue with my first son. They told me that I was not dilating at all. You know i tried everything for the baby to dilate as well. I was in the same situation as well. I was trying everything and it was not working at all, so I had to have a caesarean. They actually scheduled me for my second baby in March. I have to ask though why do they wait til you are overdue?

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    The more I learn about pregnancy and birth the more I see that the "Due Date" is so formulaic! I don't believe any other mammal births according to an exact date, and I think us human mothers are the same - we birth when our babies are ready

    My daughter was born at 42+1 days gestation and she was perfectly healthy, but I remember being quite stressed in the last two weeks about being preceived as 'overdue' by family and friends who were hassling me quite a lot once I went past 40 weeks. I was lucky to have a supportive and informed husband, and a great midwife who assured me all was fine so I was able to continue through the end of the pregnancy without any interventions. Going 'offline' and handing my mobile to my hubby to deal with in the last week was also helpful!
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    Hi Fi - I agree a due date is formulaic. Rarely do babies come on their preconceived estimated birth date - they do come when they are ready. In fact some research indicates that for first babies the average is more like 40 weeks and 5 days and subsequent babies 40 weeks plus a 3 days. It is often forgotten that full term means from 37 weeks to 42 weeks.
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    all of my bubs were born at 41-42wks. i don't give a specific date when people ask when i'm due, i just go with a month now...lol.
    People do forget that it is an "estimated due date (EDD)". Women rely so much on this date that they begin to feel impatient in their last few weeks & see their due date as D-day. when it comes & goes with no baby many mums to be start stressing which exacerbates all of their discomforts & they start asking about inductions etc.
    Ladies also get upset when their date changes for any reason.

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