When you first see your midwife or doctor they give you a date that your baby is due. Sometimes this date is changed during the course of your pregnancy, but mostly it stays the same and is looked forward to with great anticipation. The reality is however that only five per cent of babies arrive on the day they are expected. Ideally you should allow two weeks either side of your due date. Giving birth anywhere between 37 to 42 weeks is considered normal.
There is evidence to suggest that the current methods of estimating the due date may in fact not be as accurate as we think. One study found first time mothers gave birth on average 5 days over their due date and second time mothers gave birth on average 2 days after their due date. Most studies I reviewed suggested that first time mothers had longer pregnancies than women who had a baby before.
Around 10 per cent of pregnancies do go beyond 42 weeks. When this occurs it is known as post-term or a prolonged pregnancy. Concerns regarding problems with the baby increases after 42 weeks. While research findings are contradictory about the risks of post-term pregnancy, it is generally accepted that there is an increase in the death rate of babies over 42 weeks. Part of this increase is thought to be due to babies with malformations – as these babies have a tendency to go overdue. In the majority of cases the outcome is good for prolonged pregnancies. It’s only a minority of cases where problems occur.
Commonly induction of labour is offered once the pregnancy exceeds 41 weeks. Research has found that induction of labour at this time slightly reduces the number of babies who die and decreases the chances of the baby passing meconium (the baby’s first bowel movement) into the amniotic fluid. Induction of labour before 41 weeks is not supported by research.
We have not got very much control over the actual length of pregnancy, when waiting for labour to start naturally. Each woman and baby are biologically tunned for a certain length of pregnancy. Some women find their mother and other relatives routinely go two, three or more weeks over due. They themselves may be predisposed to a longer pregnancy.
However a number of alternative strategies have emerged that are aimed to stimulate labour, with varying degrees of success. Here are some of the commonly recommended strategies:
Avoid using castor oil. Castor oil can cause cramps, nausea, vomiting and spasmodic contractions of the uterus. Basically it is down right unpleasant.
There are a number of tests offered to women who go ‘overdue’. Unfortunately the research evidence on the benefits or otherwise of the tests is inconclusive. While the tests may pick up a problem, there is not a lot of evidence to say these tests actually improve outcomes of a postdate pregnancy.
The following tests may be available.
There are three main methods of induction of labour. These methods include:
Sweeping the membranes (or ‘strip and stretch’ as it’s sometimes called) is where the midwife or doctor conducts a vaginal examination and separates the membranes from the opening of the uterus with their fingers. Sweeping of the membranes before or on your due date can help decrease the chance of your pregnancy going beyond 42 weeks and the need for an induction. The procedure its self can cause discomfort and women often report some vaginal bleeding and irregular contractions afterwards.
(30th August 2001)
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i am 41 week in pregnancy.my baby is in the right position but dosen't drop yet for birth.what can i do for this.i'm very woried because i don't like birth with operation.
Sometimes you need to go into labour before your baby's head will go down into the pelvis. Things to help before labour include: Going for a walk or seeing a chiropractor or osteopath who specialise in pregnancy.
i'm 7 days overdue with my third baby, i went 3 days over with my first and 4 days over with my second, should i be this far over with my third, and in the last day and a half she has barely moved.
Hi Anastasia - Being 7 days overdue is not unusal. However I urge you to contact your midwife or doctor ASAP regarding your baby's movements. Baby movements are a good indicator of how the baby is. Having an active baby is reassuring. If your baby's movements have slowed or stoped, you should contact your midwife or doctor for advise.
I'm currently 4 days overdue with my second pregnancy, I went 11 days with my first so I'm not too stressed, but with my first I never had this much pressure. I was induced after 11 days the doctor said my baby had no plans of coming yet. With this one however my pelvis is so sore and the pressure is sometimes unbearable I have a gut feeling that something is wrong, I have a doctor app tomorrow but I know they will say everything is fine, but I feel I want more than just a quick tummy feel!!! What else can I ask them to do to check on my baby's well being.
Dear Nicole - Talk to your doctor about how you are feeling. The testing available is imprecise and doesn't guarantee a healthy baby, but may give you some level of reassurance. The testing available includes a CTG (cardiotocograph)- which monitors the baby's heart rate. Also available is an ultrasound that can look at the amount of fluid around the baby (and can indirectly give an indication on how the placenta is functioning)
Dear Jane, I'm 9 days past my due date on my second pregnancy. I was 3 days early with my first and had a wonderful calm birth labour without intervention, pain or complications...I really hope for the same experience this time. My obstetrician after performing a CTG at 6 days post dates has arranged for a biophysical profile to be completed on Monday if labour has not commenced prior to then. He will then re-evaluate the situation based on those results with regard to our birth plan to follow the same ideals as last time, and may recommend induction of labour. Reading your comments above regarding induction, I am concerned that having a calm birth experience will be much less possible if my labour is induced. Which method would you recommend if induction is required that will lead to the most natural form of labour possible? I have been experiencing regular and strong Braxton Hicks contractions for many weeks but don't seem to progress further. I'm also unsure that my baby's movements are as regular as they have been...throughout the pregnancy they have been frequent and very strong, and now they are not as strong and not as frequent. I thought this was just due to the lack of space available for movement, but perhaps I should be more concerned? Can you advise about this as well? Thank you for your help, Rebecca
Natural and calm birth techniques can be used with an induction of labour. As can submersing in a bath or pool of warm water. Have you considered acupuncture as a natural induction method. There is an article on this website called Acupuncture Induction for Post Date Babies.
Baby's movements at full term tend to be less vigorous as they run out of room. The frequency of the movements should be similar however. If concerned, just lay down, have something to eat or drink and notice your baby's movements (they usually move when you do this). If concerned, contact your doctor.
Hi Jane... I am 40 weeks 4 days... since 39 weeks 2 days i am getting regular braxton hicks every night, one day it was relieved by Panadol and after that its not working on my body.. its really hurting me and giving me sleepless nights... I talked to my midwife they are just asking me to wait and have planned for CTG during my next appointment..... but how can i get rid of these hicks which is disturbing me whole day and nights...
Hi Jane, This article is very helpful. My due is on 6th of May, yet I did not have any kind of pain or anything at all. Looks like I am going to have an overdue pregnancy, in that case probably I would need induction. I started to be stressed and a bit scared but now I know that I still have time to have a normal delivery. I have heard that climbing stairs or walking on hilly roads help to bring the labor pain, is that right?
Hi Nisha - I am hoping that you have now gone into labour and had your baby by now. Unfortunately some women experience lots of Braxton Hicks contractions before they go into labour. Sometimes submerging yourself in a warm bath can help ease them. Hot packs can also provide some relief. Rest as much as possible and this pattern of contraction sometimes can occur quite a few days (and even a week) before labour starts. If concerned call your midwife for advise.
Hi Nadya - Some women don't get any lead up to labour - it can just start. Other women can get signs for weeks beforehand. Just to know if this is your first baby you are more likely to go over your due date that on or before it. A normal full term pregnancy is from 37 weeks to 42 weeks. Walking or climbing stairs can help increase contraction if you are having them. There is no research to say that it brings on labour.
Hi Jane, I am currently 10 days overdue and am booked in for an induction tomorrow afternoon. I have been told of the risks and what will happen for the induction. I was wondering why I haven't read anything on the internet about the ribbon with hormones on the end that I will be getting as the first step of my induction? Is this a new method or is it not commonly practiced due to side effects or ineffectiveness? My bishop score was 0 at my last appointment 3 days ago and baby is 3/5 engaged. The doctor didn't really say how effective inducement would be in my case, from your experience, how likely would inducing effects be before having to move onto a c-section?
Hi Casey - You will have given birth by now. I hope all went well. I think the ribbon with the hormones you mentioned is Cervadil. This a form of prostaglandin that is inserted in the vagina to help ripen the cervix for induction of labour (it has a string or ribbon that enables the cervadil to be removed if adverse effects occur). Many hospitals are now using this method of induction. A caesarean birth may follow an induction of labour - this will depend on how ready your body is to go into labour and how your baby copes with the labour.
Dear Saeeda - The most common reason for an induction of labour is that you go over your due date. Different midwives and doctors have different time frames that they believe a woman should be induced. A full term pregnancy is from 37 to 42 weeks. If your labours were induced because you went over your due date, discuss with your midwife or doctor about the possibility delaying your induction to allow your body to go into labour naturally. You could also try natural induction methods.
Hi, Im now three days overdue with my third baby. I have had brackten contractions for about a week now and a number of false labour alerts as they were not strong enough to head to the hospital.
My stomach feels very hard and bloated feeling, the baby is moving slightly but because its getting bigger its not always 100% detectable. I also caught a head and chest infection on my due date and have had a lot of fluids and hot drinks to scared to take anything else. I would like to know how to alleviate the flu during this stage of pregnancy and if it affects labour, im worried about my newborn catching the flu virus.
Also how long before the doctor decides when is the best time to induce labour. I prefer it to happen naturally , i have tried some methods but they have not worked. Please advise. Greatly appreciated.
Hi Nadia - Hopefully your Braxton Hicks contractions will turn into realy labour shortly - you can try some of tips in the above article. Contact your doctor if you baby's movements are reduced. Rest, fluid, vitamin C, Zinc and Garlic are all helpful with the flu. You will have to discuss with your doctor about their preference when they advise induction of labour.
Hi Jane - I'm currently 7 days over due with my first baby I have already has one membrane sweep at 40+1 days which resulted in the loss of the mucus membrane and what looked like a bloody show over 3 days.however since then I've not had anything no Braxton hicks or labour pains I have had what feel like sharp stabbing pains in my pelvic area but not sure if this is down to me having hyper mobility disorder and SPD. I'm due to see midwife again on 1.6.11 for another sweep then induction if this doesn't work.my concern is the induction as I have been advised that I'm having a big baby who is currently back to back with myself but I'm only little and concerned about complications during labour and the possibility of having to have an assisted birth. Is there anything I can do to try and make the midwife/doctors understand my worries as they don't seem to be listening to me or can I requite a c section ???? thanks in advance for any advice u may be able to offer.
Hi Kelly - sorry I sometimes don't get to answering questions for a few days. You will have seen your midwife by now. I hope that you were able to talk to your midwife about your concerns. I know it is late - but you can always request a second opinion from another midwife or doctor. Good luck.
Hi. I am 4 days over due and I am afraid of undergoing induction because I want to experience a natural labor. I was induced during my first baby but it was because I have lost my baby inside my womb and they did induced to let the baby came out. I just really wanted to experience a natural labor. Could it still be possible??
Hi Annarica - Natural labour will occur at some point - so yes it is possible. You will have to discuss with your midwife or doctor about how long they will support you in waiting for a natural labour. Have you tried some natural induction methods?
I'm 7 days overdue and this is my first pregnancy, i dont feel and contraction or any signs of labor. what should i do?
Hi Doris. It is very normal to go over your due date. Sometimes you don't get any warning that labour is about to start. Talk to your midwife or doctor about your concerns.
Hi, My Due date is 17 June but as per doc. baby is not come down yet and she has also given castor oil two times to me. I have back pain on 17 June from 5. pm to 2.am. But after that no pain. Doc. is asking to admit on 18 she will give labour injection if in 24 hrs labour not starts she will do operation. Please suggest what to do ... If i should wait for natural pain or needs to admit.
Hi Jane, I'm currently 41 and 3/7 days pregnant with my first baby based on my last menstrual period. but according to my last BPS,i'm only 37 and 2/7 days. i'm having irregular menstrual period which i think won't matter most but what terrifies me is going through a c-sec delivery which my OB is suggesting. i want to have a normal delivery since there seems to be no problem with my pregnancy and the baby is doing fine as well but there's still no signs of labor except for a drop of blood-tinged fluid leaked yesterday and earlier this morning. am i near labor? or should i consider the c-sec without going through labor pains?
Hi Rida - I am afraid I can't work out the abreviation BPS - it is not one we use. Is this an ultrasound of some kind? Do you mean you are having irregular menstrual period like "cramps"? If so this is a positive sign that labour will start naturally soon. Was the blood tinged fluid mucous like? This could be a little of the show. If you have had a show this is also a good sign that labour will start soon.Why would your obstetrician be suggestion a caesarean if there is no complications? Caesarean sections should not be done without a clinical need.
I m 41 week pregnantn overdue 7 days.i havent done sweep membrance but my midvife decided to me for induction on 25 june on saturday ..i just wanna a know how long it will take for labour after induce,will i get a baby on same day of being induce or next day.must reply thank u
I'm 42 weeks today and I am so desperate for a natural birth, I was induced with my son at 13 days over and he was back to back. I had the drip and was on my back the whole labour as baby needed constant monitoring, which wasn't pleasant as I had all my contractions in my back and was unable to move around freely. This has really put me off being induced this time but I would like to know if the success rate of induction only using a pessary or breaking waters is high, as I would be willing to do that but don't want to progress to the drip again. X
Hi Sarah - I can't give you a statistical rate of success using prostin unfortunately (it differs from woman to woman). The chances of it working on its own are higher as this is your second baby. Also if you choose to have your waters broken artificially - you may well go into labour on your own but you'll need to ask them to wait before proceeding with further intervention. Research your options. You may need to fight a little to have your choices honoured.
I am 41wks today.2 previous scheduled c-sections.1st d/t breech and 2nd d/t doc/facility non-support for vbac.Current doc will vbac, however baby currently head down, back to back presentation and 75%effaced and no dilation.Appt yesterday we ended with plans to return July 5th for induction if cervix favorable or c-section otherwise.I really want to vbac this time.Do you have any suggestions for how to get baby to turn around face to back for favorable drop and vaginal delivery before then.I've been having BH since about 6.5months, but not painful or strong enough to do progress things along.Baby was fine per NST and I have had an uncomplicated pregnancy as with my other 2. Also, my doc/hospital is 2hrs from where I live, for it was difficult to find a doc/facility in my area that would vbamc.Thanks for any suggestions.
Hi Janelle - have you tried acupuncture or seen a chiropractor or osteopath. These are methods that may be able to help the baby move into a better position. To find either an acupuncturist, oesteopath or chiropractor closest to you visit our Find a Practitioner Search
Hi Jane, I am 39wks pregnant and my due date which was 36 wks has passed. This is my second pregnancy after 10 years. I am currently feeling pain beneath my stomach. I feel the baby is moving and shaking. I have been to the hospital twice for labour but to no avail. My doctor wants me to do CS in a wks time but i dont want it . Please advise.
Hi Salril - I am a little confused your due date is worked out as 40 weeks counted from the first day of your last menstural period. Why would your doctor wish to schedule a caesarean birth? It sounds like your body is getting ready to go into labour.
My due date was on the 12th july, i see the doctor tomorrow at Brisbanes Mater. They said to me on the phone that they don't want me to wait until this thursday. I think they want to induce me. A few people have already told me that if i go over the due date the babies head will get too big and will get stuck, so i have to be induced and maybe have an epidural and be 'snipped'. This frightens the hell out of me. Is this at all true? Could this be the reason for being induced this week? I have had an un complicated pregnancy, with the baby at normal size and was totally healthy even before getting pregnant. Does the baby grow really quickly in the last couple of weeks?
Hi Lauren - there is no evidence of babies getting too big and being stuck when you go past your due date. Unfortunately people like to tell horror stories. Are you able to talk with a midwife or doctor about your concerns? Also ask about the risks/benefits of induction of labour and the risks/benefits of waiting for labour to start naturally.
Hi Jane. I'm 41 weeks today with my first baby.I had a membrane sweep 51 hours ago. After the sweep I had what I assume to have been my show and that evening had what I thought was labour contractions for many hours. They were regular and very painful. They got to approx 6 mins apart lasting for one minute and so I got prepared to go to hospital,however they started to become less painful and then less frequent until they eventually stopped. Because they stopped I assume they weren't real contractions however i'm confused as they had all the signs of real labour until they stopped. I have continued to have tightening's but no longer regular and only slightly painful. Can you offer me any advice on what they could have been ? I'm due to be induced on the 28th of July but I was told that it would be unlikely I would make it to induction as they thought things would progress. How will I know next time I get these tightening's whether they are real or if they will pass. I don't want to go to hospital to be sent home again. Thank you.
Hi Krystiana - it sounds like you got a great response from the membrane sweep and you has some early labour. It is not unusual for early labour to come and go. Hopefully you will start to have some more contractions shortly and they'll continue till you go into established labour. Contractions of established labour usually are strong, last more than 45 seconds, are regular and get closer together. If any doubt ring your midwife, hospital or doctor.
I am currently 5 days overdue with my third child. My dates are accurate as I had an early dating scan. I did go Overdue with both my children, and they were induced about 12 days over. I would like a more natural birthing experience this time but must admit I'm impatient and tired. I am looking at induction at ten days overdue because it's easier for family, doctor ect. I don't know weather I should hold out for the 14 days and see if labour will begin by itself. Is there really a significant risk waiting longer or is the 10 day standard just a thing doctors say!
Hi Jane! I am one week overdue with my third child, my dates are right and my OB very supportive of my want to wait. He has left my induction date up to me 10 days overdue as classically asked for or 14 days overdue. I don't want to induce just because I'm tired, I am impatient though. I am concerned my cervix is not that favorable at this point. Is it better to just wait or are there risks in waiting?
Hi, I'm 5 days overdue with my 4th baby! I've had 3 sweeps but nothing! I have an inducement date for the 9th Aug :( Not looking forward to that. My 1st was born on her due date 2nd 12 days late 3rd 15 days late. It's hard going.x
Hi Natasha - I am sorry for the delay in replying. I've been on holidays. You've most likely made your decision now. The Cochrane database is a great place to find information on what the research tells us for all sorts of issues in pregnancy. Regarding the best time to plan an induction of labour for women who've gone overdue. This is what they say:
Induction of labour in normal pregnancies at or beyond term
A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks from the start of the woman's last menstrual period, but anything from 37 to 42 weeks is considered within the normal range. Births before 37 weeks are considered premature because these babies often have breathing difficulties and other problems as some of their organs will not yet be fully matured, e.g. their livers. Births after 42 weeks seem to carry a slightly increased risk for the baby, and this review sought to find out if induction of labour at a prespecified time could reduce this increased risk or not. There are currently no tests that can tell if a baby would be better to be left in the womb or be induced and born, so arbitrary time limits have been suggested. The review of trials found 19 studies involving almost 8000 women given induction of labour at various times from 38 weeks to over 42 weeks' gestation; some were quite old trials and the quality was variable. The review grouped the trials by induction at (1) 37 to 40 weeks; (2) 41 completed weeks; and (3) 42 completed weeks, compared with waiting to a later date. There were fewer baby deaths when a labour induction policy was implemented after 41 completed weeks or later. However, such deaths were rare with either policy. Women's experiences and opinions about these choices have not been adequately evaluated.
hi im booked in to be induced on tues the 16th if my body isnt ready for labour and i dont progress when given different induction methods will they send me for a c section??
HI Jane! I am currently 40+5 with my second child I just had a biophysical profile done and baby was a 10/10 which is great! But the midwife said my placenta looked old(white spots) I wonder is this really something I should worry myself about or is this normal? I am scheduled for induction on the 19th which will make me 42+1 I just wonder if with this "old" placenta am I risking baby by waiting on her to come out on her own? I just really want to have a natural birth :-) Thanks~!
hi jane! I have been reading the post's here and my concearn is a little different from the others as i am writing out of baftlement and concearn for my sister, who is 7 days past her due date. She was woken from her sleep last night with consistant contraction ranging from 6 to 8 minutes apart and lasting about half a minute to a full minute, and were extremly painful, so she in turn, went to the hospital where they monitered her for the better part of the night, her contractions were reading quite strong but she had yet to progress, so they gave her a dosage of morphene and sent her home. while at home she got very ill feeling and could no longer feel the pain from the contractions but could see and feel the tightenings.with another pointless call to the hospital she was told nothing but to come in when she was in actual labor, she was sent to deal with her constant pain that she'd been having for weeks, her contractions and 2 small children to deal with.she is also in the process of being tested for ms with quite a few rising symptoms in the past year.our mother has ms and with her 3rd child she could not feel the pain from the contractions only the tightenings...we are afarid that something is going wrong but with the babys vitals being good there is nothing they are willing to do for her.so my question is, 1.are you supposed to give a labouring mother morphene to assist with contraction pain? 2. what are the protocals on inducing post term with someone in her position and 3. is there anything that can be done to assist her in stopping the pain? any advice or onformation you can give might be benificial. thanks in advance
Hi Jane, I am due on 15th September with my 2nd baby. With my first daughter i went way over due and had to be induced 4 times before labour would start as my daighter was comfy where she was ;-) my concern that i have with my 2nd is that we are based away from family at present and when i go into labour my sister is having to travel from Scotland which will take 6hrs to be there for my daughter. My question is, is it possible to be booked in for an early inducement or an inducement on my expected due date?? I am stressing so much about the care for my daughter as my husband wants to be with me which i fully understand as our daughter was back to back and was a difficult labour and i need him there also.. Would really appreciate any advice on arranging labour on or near due dates
Hi Jane!! I´m 40 weeks now of my 2nd. My first daughter has 14 and was induced. Now I have 41 years old and I´m afraid going overdue because of my age. In my last visit to OB last monday I was 75% effaced and 2 cm dilated and he said I was going well. Also I´m feeling cramps and backache, but seems BH contractions are decreasing. When I´m resting nothing occur and is like I´m not pregnant but when I walk I feel some contractions and cramps like menstrual. Do you think my age could interfere in a natural birth?? Should I walk more to increase the chances of natural labour?? What do you think of my case??
Sorry everyone I've been away on holidays.
Jade if an induction does not work and labour doesn't establish a caesarean birth can occur.
Naomi - 10/10 for a biophysical profile is great. This the first time that I've ever heard that white spots on the placenta being reported on in an ultrasound report. I am doubtful that it carries any significance. The biophysical profile would be a far better indicator of your baby's health at the time of the ultrasound.
Krystal morphine is commonly used by some hospitals. It carries side effects for both mother and baby. The pattern of contractions you describe is not uncommon and can occur on and off for days (and sometimes a week or more). Midwives usually provide information and support to help a woman through this (challenging) time. Induction of labour carries risk to mother and baby and unless there are medical indications is not usually done until 10 days or more past a women's due date.
Colette it must be difficult being away from your family. I understand that you want to be able to plan support for your daughter. You can request an induction of labour (whether the health service will do it or not is another thing). I would advise you however to research your options carefully as induction carries risks and can lead to an unnecessary caesarean birth. Why don't you look at natural options for induction - regular acupuncture treatment is reported to help avoid going overdue.
Sandra your age will not affect you going into labour naturally. However if you went overdue last time you are more likely (than average) to go overdue again. Walking is a great idea, as is acupuncture, sex and other natural induction strategies.
hi! i am due date 5days (from my 3th scan) i dont have a regular menstruation but it is possible that the scan can be wrong for few days?
Hi Vera - yes the scan can be wrong in estimating your due date. All ultrasounds have a margin of error. The earlier a scan is done in a pregnancy, the more accurate it is.
I have last seen my period November 2010 then have sex with my husband toward December ending. Now it's September 4th with pregnancy which I believe I am already over due. It's my 1st time. No sign of labour. I am worried. My overdue seems to be 31st of august and now it's September 4th. What can I do. I want my born baby natural. I know Almighty God will get me through.
Hi Jane - Most women have their baby before they reach 42 weeks (2 weeks following your due date). To help encourage labour you can try some of the suggestions above. Good luck.
Hi, I'm 40 + 6 and am booked in for induction at 42 +1. This is my 2nd baby (1st was 4days early normal, fast delivery, no pain relief). I'm really worried about the induction not being successful & having to be induced as I had bowel resection surgery a year ago, because of which I'm classed as high risk in term of c/section. I've alao had a past ectopic pregnancy, so I've got an old horizontal laproscopic incision & a recent vertical laproscopic one. At the start of my pregnancy the obstetricians scared the life out of me warning me of the risks of c/section due to increased chance of perforating my bowel, comes to pass my consultant doesn't even seem that bothered now & I'm scared of the induction not being successful. I'm still hopeful I'll go into labour naturally, but as time goes on I get more & more concerned!!
Jane, my lmp was Nov 29th conception in mid december... Due Date was set at sept 5th. I am 42weeks 1 day. Lost plug, contractions all week. Still pregnant! Hang in there!
Hi Jane, my due date is 26/09/2011 and it's my first pregnancy. Baby position face to my back and head is already engaged few weeks ago. At week 37 I had some pains around my pelvis and cramps for few days and it stopped until now week 39, 3 days. I have a feeling that it would be overdue so I told my doctor. He said come in on 26/09 to have a check up again and maybe we will make a decision that I should start to have induction or not. I've read so much about the induction and it doesn't seem like working for everyone. I don't want to go through so much of pain and days then end up having caesarean. Can you tell me if there is any risk of having c-section because I would prefer to do this way than pushing a baby out unnaturally .
I am almost 39 years old, pregnant with my first and I'm 41.2 today. I was scheduled for an induction but the hospital is too busy with emergencies to find a bed for me. Is there an increased risk to me and my baby for this pregnancy to continue due to my age?
I am sorry but I have been unavailable to answer questions for the last week due to a deadline I had to finish writing the new edition of Pregnancy for Dummies. I will answer Chantal to Amanda's questions:
Chantal hopefully by now you have gone into labour and had your baby. Given your history with your first birth it is highly likely you'll go into labour yourself. If you do choose to have the induction of labour - it is more likely to be successful as you have previously given birth.
Sandy fullterm is 37 weeks to 42 weeks. You are not considered to post term till 42 weeks and beyond. IOL of labour does carry risks. The average length of a first pregnancy is around 40 weeks and 4 days or so. So you have sometime time left. Unless medical or obstetrical problems exist IOL of labour is not advisable at this point. Caesarean birth carries many risks - so should not be done without a good medical indication.
Amanda regardless of a woman's age - full term is 37 to 42 weeks. No evidence that I've read suggests that age is a factor when considering risk around the issue of being postdates. Most inductions would be be scheduled until late in the 41st week.
I'm 37 years old and pregnant with my third child. I'm 3 days past my due date and wasn't really that worried until today. With my oldest daughter I had to be induced at 42 weeks and unfortunately that turned into a c-section. With my second daughter I was 8 days late and on the day he wanted to induce me I went into labor a few hours earlier. Now me and my sister were also both late babies and so I'm not surprised I'm over again.
However my previous doc doesn't deliver anymore and I have a new one which thankfully agreed to let me do another V-BAC. An added complication this time is that I developed gestational diabetes which I have under control through strict diet changes since I was diagnosed about 10 weeks ago. Today I had a stress test and the doc there (another one in the same practice) didn't think he moved enough and let me do another ultrasound (I had one one day before my due date). Even though he had moved quite a bit earlier in the day he didn't move for a long time and the technician didn't see any breathing until almost the end after 1/2 hour. She then said that there wasn't a huge amount of breathing to be seen a few days earlier either. Now the doc that was there was really considering what to do and if my boy would have not started breathing and moving towards the end I had a feeling they would have sent me to the hospital right then. He said I have three factors against me... my age, my diabetes and that I'm overdue.
Now of course I do not want to take any chances but if at all possible I want to avoid another c-section. My next appointment is in 3 days when they will another stress test and ultrasound. From what he said it seemed to me that they would send me to a c-section if my next test isn't better. I was hoping I would have a few more days... but then I definitely don't want to take a chance. He said I really need to monitor his movements. How many movements should I feel minimum? Does it count if I nudge him and he moves then?
Also I know that my previous doc said regarding my planned induction with my second daughter that he could only give me a nudge with the pytocin and then I would have to progress on my own because I've had a c-section before. I had read before that they would not induce after a c-section and was glad he would have given me that chance. Even though in the end it wasn't needed thankfully.
If my test is not better on Friday could I still request that they try inducing me or break my water to see if that gets me going before doing a c-section or do you think that would not be advisable in that case? Again I wasn't worried before but I'm really uncertain now...
When my first one was so late we had sex hoping to get me going and walked a lot but with no success. Reading your article makes me wonder if we should give this another try. Also I've had no contractions or anything so far, but neither did I have this with my previous pregnancies. The difference to the girls is though that he has been really pushing down at times and dropped several weeks ago quite a bit that I at first actually thought he'd come early. This just as an addition to my previous post...
hi, today is my due date and I am getting a bit worried since I can feel that I am going past my due. My doctor told me that my baby is still high and we wait till he drops.. I am have been feeling strong contractions and pain all over. I have been walking all around the place as well hoping that it would greatly help.. is there anything that i can still do to go on active labor? I am already 2 to 3 cm dilated..
Eve you could try some of the natural methods to help encourage your labour to start. You certainly could ask that they try breaking your waters if you chose to try induction of labour. Lets hope you go into labour before Friday.
Clang most first time mothers do go past their due date - this is normal. Your body will start to have regular contractions soon. You could try some of the natural methods of labour induction/encouragement mentioned above.
Hi im pregnant with my first baby due date the 28th sep, now 4days over due! I seen the doc on the 14th sep who told me I would probly need to have a c-section as my baby was not engaged and it appears to be too big for my body frame, all this told to me after the doc pushed around on my stomach. The last scan I have had was at 18weeks. I then waited patiently another week untill the 21st sep hoping my baby would engage, unfortunatly at this appointment the doc advised again the baby was not engaged but nothing said about having a c-section untill my partner reminded him of what he told us the week before, the docs responce to this was "well we will just have to wait and see what happens over the next week". I tried to raise my concerns of if the baby is to big for my build i would prefer to find this out sooner rather than later as i dont want to be in labour for hours and then be told i have to have a c-section, the doc answered with "you will just have to trust me" :( Waiting another week and attending an appointment on my due date the doc advised again my baby was still not engaged and this could most likely be as it is to big but will let me go over until tuesday 4th and if still nothing i would be induced on the wednesday or thursday depending how busy the hospital is. My stomach has not dropped at all and i have had not signs of the baby wanting to come. Im wondering if its normal though to not have any scans from so early on and for a doc to be making such statements by just pushing around on my stomach? and if i do have a say as to what happens in regards to being induced, when this happens and if they can possibly do something to find out if the babuy is too big? I also have been tryin all the natural remedies to bring on labour and nothing at all is working, im thinking babies really do come when they want.
Hi Larissa - Unless a problem develops in pregnancy further ultrasounds are unnecessary. Abdominal palpation (where your baby is felt by pushing on your abdomen) by an experienced midwife or doctor can tell the baby's position, engagement of the baby's head and estimate size. It is not uncommon for a baby not to engage prior to labour with your first baby. My experience is most women with a baby whose head hasn't engaged (even first time around) go on to give birth no problem. It is very common to go overdue - particularly with your first baby. Hang in there - your labour should start soon.
Hello, I am a second time mommy and I am on pregnancy number two. I am now 40 weeks and 3 days, my edd was Oct 7th.. the doctor doesn't let his paitents go past 41 weeks so he scheduled me an induction on October 12th at 9pm.. that's when they will start cervidel, and they will begin patocin the following morning. My question is what is the success rate with the combined cervidel and patocin?.. do a majority of labor inductions end up with a c-section? And is there a lower chance of c-section with cervidel? Thanks, sophia
Hi Sophia - Research evidence does not support induction of labour until 41+ weeks unless there is a problem in pregnancy. You can say no to a medical induction. No the majority of inductions do not end up as caesarean births. However the interventions in labour do increase.
Hello, I am currenty 36 weeks pregnant with my second child. My LMP was 9 days late but a 7 week sonogram confirmed a due date of 11/14/11/. However, I have been measuring large for dates all along. After requesting an ultrasound last month, we found out that the baby was measuring 5 weeks ahead. At 32 weeks, "he" was already 7lbs 6oz. At this point, I figured my due date would be changed to match the baby's size to 10/9/11. However, the doctor just says that I am having a large baby, to expect 10lbs+. My daughter was 8lb 5oz at full term, so I was expecting around 8.5lbs. Also, my daughter was born via emergency c-section because my water broke but nothing else. I didnt dilate, she didnt descend, and I didnt have contractions. Even on pitocin, nothing happened. This pregnancy is with a new doctor as we have moved. But this doctor is refusing to do a repeat c-section until 11/7/11 at 39 weeks, even though I have been having a TON of pressure for a few weeks and irregular contractions for the last week. He is waiting for me to dilate and have regular contractions. But my body doesnt know how to do that. He wants to wait because of lung development, which I understand. But I also think that I am farther along than my due date says. Is the doctor right in making me wait? What are the effects of having an overdue baby? I am just scared that something might happen to my baby because my due date could be wrong. Thank you, Jacki.
Hi Jacki - early ultrasounds are reasonably accurate in calculating due dates. Early scans are called dating scans for that reason - the margin of error is much smaller. Even a scan at 18 to 20 weeks is quite inaccurate (they can be out 7 days either side of a due date). A scan at 32 weeks cannot be used to date a pregnancy as there is so much difference in growth rates of babies. How long did you wait for labour after your waters broke? Sometimes it takes your body up to 3 days to go into labour (and occasionally longer). It doesn't mean that your body doesn't work.
I am currently 40+6 and am very over this pregnancy. I was 40+4 with my first. I have SPD, which makes for a very uncomfortable pregnant lady. I don't know what to do. My widwife wont do a sweep, but the pain I am experiencing with the SPD is unbearable. I have tried, acupressure massage, curries, walking and sex (even though painful with my pelvis). Do you have any other suggestions???
What about acupuncture or the essential oil clary sage? I've had quite a bit of success with acupuncture particularly. Hopefully you will go into labour shortly Michelle
I just had a biophysical profile today. Baby's heart rate was good 2/2, Breathing good 2/2, Muscle tone good 2/2, Movement was good 2/2, but amniotic fluid they gave me a 0/2. They say there is only 3.48cm of fluid. I know sonograms are not perfect....do I trust their numbers ? I read on some sites that under 5cm is dangerous, on other sites under 2cm is dangerous, and still on other sites that this is a very imperfect system and saying "low amniotic fluid" is just a way to induce induce induce. Help. ..... This is a new Doctor for me, and a new hospital, and truthfully, I'm not sure I trust them.
Hi Jane, I am currently overdue with my 4th child. At 41 weeks my bishop score was 0 - cervix closed tight, long, hard, and back. Baby still very high and resting on the base of my large tummy (a bit of a pendulum tummy) with no pressure on my cervix. Going in to see if can soften cervix with gel at 42 weeks and then the next day see if I have responded and either labour has started or can do inducement. I have had 2 previously successful inducements with gel only which started everything and then ARM to get things moving along and one natural onset. First baby very large anatomically and started to descend and then went back up and he was just stuck and never moved during pushing and so forceps. Lots of trauma from that delivery I suppose from the forceps but also from his large shoulders and abdomen, he was just big and still is. I am concerned this baby will be large and is not going to move from resting on my overhanging belly to descend into my pelvis at all and is going to get stuck also or that induced labour is going to fail. I usually have quite strong braxton hicks, but am not having much of those at all. I just don't feel like I'm going to go into labour any time soon. About 4 weeks ago I fractured a rib from coughing from a chest infection and also have bad sciatica in one hip and leg so have been quite sedentary, sitting and laying down more than usual. The muscles in my lower back are quite tight and I am wondering if that could be preventing my baby from descending and my pelvic region relaxing. I am eating pineapple and will try some acupressure but am unable to walk around too much due to hips and rib. How can I encourage the baby to move into the pelvic region? Any other tips! What will be done if my cervix remains closed after gel, as Dr cannot even get in there to break waters at present and may not favour going over 42 weeks. I suppose only other option is a c-section or waiting another few days. I'm not sure I can go any longer as some days I am unable to walk due to pain sciatica pain. Thanks, Alana
MJ - Ultrasounds are imprecise. Can can request a repeat ultrasound to check that the first one was correct. Also make sure you've drunk plenty of water leading up to the ultrasound. Low amount of amniotic fluid can indicate that the placenta isn't working as well as it should. You do not say how many weeks pregnant you are - the amount of fluid expected differs with how pregnant you are.
Alana it sounds like you've had a rough time over the last few weeks. The two strategies to help baby get in a good position and to hopefully give you some relief from your symptoms are acupuncture and chiropractic or osteopathic treatments. Good luck
Hi, I'm 2 days overdue and getting a little worried about my baby's movements not because they have reduced but because they have increased#! She never seems to stop wriggling. Can a baby be too active?
Hi Leah - Baby's movements that have reduced is a concern. An active baby is reassuring. The baby cannot be too active.
I am 2 days over EDD. Started losing my mucous plug 2 days ago and alot of it today tinged with brown blood. Saw my dr. today and she said my cervix is soft and stretchy. She felt the top of the baby's head with her finger. She says these are all good signs that the end is near. Do you feel the same? She will let me go to 41-1/2 weeks. I really want a VBAC. This is a second pregnancy, after being induced at 38-1/2 weeks with twins (due to crowding). These were both IVF pregnancies. Thanks for your advice.
Hi Susan - The signs are certainly very good that labour may not be far away. If you haven't had your baby yet - acupuncture treatment can be good for encouraging labour. You will need to find an acupuncturist that specialises in pregnancy.
Hi Jane, at week 35, my blood pressure had increased from my usual 120/80 up to 135/90. At week 36, is was up to 145/90 but now at week 37 it is down to 125/90.
My doctor would like to induce me close to 38 weeks (I'll be 38 weeks on 17th December), even though there is no protein in my urine. I only have mild swelling on ankles and legs.
Would you consider it normal to induce a patient at 38 weeks because of higher blood pressure, and if so, could you please explain why.
I've been in spurious labour for 4 weeks now with painful contractions all the time. I am exhausted and my due date is tomorrow. I'm afraid of not having enough energy for the actual labour because of how weak i am now. I don't know how much more i can take.
I'm currently 39 weeks and about to have my midwives appointment on Friday, after that my next appointment isn't till I'm 41 weeks and overdue. I really don't want to be medically induced like I was with my last pregnancy. Baby is already locked and loaded and I get regular Braxton hicks for the past 2 weeks so thought bubs would have come by now. I'm now not sleeping, have the worst heart burn ever all the time, have terrible pelvic/pubic pain and just totally over pregnancy. So far we have tried all the common methods of induction but feel this bubs is in no hurry to leave home yet. Am I able to ask or demand a membrane sweep or induction before I get to 42 weeks?
Hi Jane, This is my fourth preg the last two i had a sweep done. With my daughter at 39weeks and my son 39+5. Would a midwife do a sweep at 38 weeks? The reason i ask is the only person i have that can watch my children is my father but he works nights and his boss is taking her holidays around my due date so that means my dad HAS to be there if she isnt. I have had terrible braxtons since 25 weeks and im huge and exhuasted as i dont sleep at night for long then with the children all day. Apart from that everything has been perfect. Thank you
Hi I am 41weeks 3days with my first baby. my baby is still high not engaged. The hosp said the will induce after 14days. I am sacred of induction when there is no engagement. My next appointment is on friday this week. Thy will check fetal assessment . Is there any thing I can ask them. What I can do I really want to have.a normal delivery. I have been walking, climbing stairs. Pls pls I need answers.
iam 40+3 days...i have the sweep on +1 but it only gave me slow contractions... the midwife said im 2cm dilated.. but it seems to have all come to a stand still at the moment... what can i do??
hi jane, asking a question on behalf of my niece. she is 40+2 weeks as of today. the doc was going to do a sweep & stretch last week but her cervix wasnt soft enough. she went to the doc again today (21/2/12), he didnt do an internal just told her he would see her in hospital next week and induce her next wednesday if the baby hasnt come by then. she is also saying she cant remember the movements of the baby. should we be worried?? thanks :)
Hi Jane! My wife is in seven days pregnancy, but bleeding has started.. is there any chances of miscarriages in seven days pregnancy? if yes then what is rememdy?
hi jane, i am 40weeks +3days and i'm hoping to have VBAC. i've lost bits of mucus plug 3 times over the past week, i'm 4/5 engaged and i have been having regular contractions every evening since 35 weeks that don't lead to anything. i've tried all natural methods and i have a sweep booked for the 8th march. i'm hanging out for a natural birth (42weeks) but i'm worried i'll just not go into labour and end up having a csection booked as they wont induce me due to previous csection. what can i do? i've tried everything but castor oil. does it sound like labour is near? (couple days away?)
Hi Jane. I'm 40 weeks and just wondering when I reach 41 weeks and I still haven't given birth, when would I be booked in to the hospital to induce labour? Is it close to the 41 weeks? Thank you.
HI, I WANTED TO ASK IF YOU ARE OVERDUE 11 DAYS AND START TO BLEED FOR 2 DAYS IS THAT NORMAL AND SAFE? AS I AM 40 WEEKS AND 10 DAYS OVERDUE. I STARTED TO BLEED AND HAVE BEEN BLEEDING SINCE YESTERDAY MORNING 7AM AND IT IS 11AM NEXT DAY AND I AM STILL BLEEDING. I WENT TO HOSPITAL AS I AM HAVING CONTRACTIONS BUT HAVE NOT DIALATED ENOUGH ONLY 2CM AND WAS SENT HOME.
Hello Jane, I'm currently 41 weeks, primagravida. The baby's head is not engaged and his estimated weight is around 4 Kg over 9 lbs. I have had light contractions over the past few weeks and last week I lost my mucus plug with brown discharge. But no other signs of imminent labor yet. My doc doesn't feel it would be wise to induce me. He feels I should go for c-section. What's your suggestion? Thanks in advance for your answer.
Hi, I know this may sound like a silly question, but will all women go into labour naturally if left to wait? I'm currently 6 days over with my first and the doc is talking about induction which I am determined to avoid if baby and myself remain healthy. If I just be patient will I go into labour naturally? I'm 100% sure of my dates due to have 2 very early scans. Thanks :)
Hi Jane my friend's due date was 23rd March by midwife but 3rd April by hospital, the hospital are ignoring the midwife about the due date so won't start my friend until 13th April which will be 3 weeks over her due date, they have told her the cord is around the baby's neck.
She also has gal stones.
She's been getting bad cramps, and extremely bad headaches but the hospital said they can't do anything as her due date to them is 3rd April and won't start her earlier than the 13th April. She has tried everything to try start labour herself but nothing is working, her baby is barley moving, and they told her to only come back if the baby kicks is less than 10 a day, she is extremely worried and stressed with it all.
What can you suggest that would help her? She's already had the sweep
I am 8 days overdue and would like to try VBAC. I will be in hospital this Friday 20th April to be induced if the baby doesn't come by then. How safe is pitocin and VBAC together? Thank you.
i cannot remember last period but scan revealed that my edd was to be May 11th with the baby 4.5 in size. today is 19th of may i.e 8 days after scan edd. can i still have labour and yet all the first 3children were born b4 edd. i am concern with the size of the baby. pls advice
A nurse friend of mine suggested inserting primrose oil gel tablets to soften my cervix. At my last appointment a week ago I was 1cm dilated, 70% effaced and minus 2 station. I am now 3 days past my due date with my first child. Does the primrose oil really work, and if so how soon does it take effect? Could it harm my baby? Thank you.
Dose anyone know of any reserch that conferms that there any know or suspected links between overdue babies and learning delays and conditions such as autisum and adhd?
Hi Jane, My LMP was 23 aug 2011 and as per my doctor my due date is 30 may.but my periods were irregular so as per my ultrasound my due date is 7 june. today is 1st june and i am not feeling any kind of pain. so please suggest what should i do? my doctor said that my baby's head is not near pelvis. so she will wait only till 8 june and after that she will do operation. so please suggest me??
dear Jane, i am currently 3 days over due, and i have noticed that my baby hasnt been moving as much and i was just wondering is this was normal? thank you
I am 41week and my baby has not dropped, my doctor suggested induction in two days time. What should I do?
Gestational age From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia--- Check the chart very carefully .Gestational age is count from LMP and could be from 37 to 42 weeks.All we are told by doctors are average statistics and we are not yet statistic until givin birth.So if you are told that you are 40 weeks you are only 38 weeks and your baby have long way to go and your baby might be ready even after 4 more weeks.That is why we hear about ladies who give birth at 44+ week and beyond.and to now the average due date we have to take woman who give birth very early till very late.That is why average come as 39-40 weeks.So if you are 42weeks you are in full term pregnancy which is seen by doctors as overdue but is not .I am currently not yet full term but doctor see me as overdue and pushing me for induction.I remember going for day care to check my baby and midwife discharge me (everything was normal) to make appointmant next week .Ladies at reception told me that she is fully booked and i should go to another hospital and why they not indused me yet.So this days induction became part of normal delivery which is complity wrong and became routinely perform to refuse number of woman waiting to give birth.Also When I was given day for induction doctor told me she can not give me any extra day and I should go at 8 o,clock on induction day to hospital.I phoned them they said no beds call later .Ok I went ther at 1.30 and not see anyone until 5pm.I refused the induction .So many woman are locked in there and pressured for induction it is almost like mechanical you are done go home, next one and next and next.Induction is less headache to them and they can control the delivery unit efficiently.Do what is right for you and your baby .Also read KENT MIDWIFERY PRACTICE Induction of Labour: a review of the evidence.Very interesting.
Hi Jane, Iam 40+ 2 days and this is my second pregnancy. My first one was 39+5 days and i was in labour for 3 days. I am tired of bring pregnant and i asked my doc to sweep the membrane at 40 weeks appointment but that didnt work either. I want to go for natural as i did with my first but i dont see any sign of labour yet. I have tried everything, does that mean i will have to be induced? I do not want to go for csection. Iam so worried and despressed at this stage that i really want this baby to come out.
Hi Neha - it is very common to go past your due date. Just because you haven't had any signs of labour yet doesn't mean you wont go into labour naturally. Your due date is just an estimate. Your baby may be a week or more away from being born. It is really normal and nothing to be concerned about going past your due date. Are you able to talk to your midwife or doctor about your concerns? Good luck
Hi, I am now 3 days over due with baby number 3 (1st baby went 3 days over and 2nd baby was 3 days early) and am extremely over being pregnant..The constant feeling of bloating, sweeling, tiredness, backache and tightening of the stomach yet not signs of bub arriving..I have a dr appt on wednesday and I want to ask them to induce me, is this a good idea and will they?
My wife is close to Nine Month, the doctors gave us date for the 12 september 2012 to deliver, but the date has passed, then yesterday 16 September 2012, she started filling her stomach paining her, and uptill now she did not yet deliver...so what can we do
I am 39+2 today and my doc performed a stretch and sweep, since I have been home it's been highly painful to walk or move in certain ways, although sitting seems to be fine, is this normal to be experiencing? Thanks :)
I am currently 10 days overdue with 2nd baby, lost my plug today and was 2cm dilated 2 days ago. Desperate to avoid induction in 3 days time, was induced last time and had horrendous time, they broke waters and all hell broke loose, straight into 'hardcore' contractions, and they failed to notice he was back to back (this one isn't at moment) and had push him back in turn him round! Anything i can do to avoid induction this time round? last time i didn't have any signs of immanent labour like i have this time. Should i get my hopes up!? Don't have contractions yet just a dull ache and sore pelvis!
Hi Jane, I am 40 weeks today with my 3rd pregnancy. I'm concerned as the Dr says baby head is laying left of my cervix with feet under my right rib. I worry that I won't be able to deliver naturally? Also, I was not over due with my other 2 pregnancies? Why would it be different with this one? All are boys! Can I be induced at 40 weeks? Or must I wait to 42 weeks? There has been no signs of labor at all, except for 1 or 2 BK every other day.
I would like to congratulate you for the amazing work and support you provide for all the pregnant and overdue woman. The support is exactly what everybody needs in a difficult time.
I also have a question about the overdue and I hope I do not bother you too much. Our first two babies I gave birth with Cesarian (first because the doctors in our home country mislead me to think I am incapable of a natural birth and the second just because I took oxytocin and epidural too early (3-4cm) opening which have lead to the negative result).
Now I am pregnant with our third baby which we have planned after a reasonable amount of time (3 years later) and me and my supportive husband want to give a birth naturally (VBA2C). Unfortunately right now I am overdue with 12 days and according to our doctors in Canada I have two more days to wait after what I have to plan a C-section.
I have had several examinations and right now my opening is about 4-4.5cm, I do feel contractions which are pretty strong occasionally unfortunately when I get happy that the time in between is just about 7-8 minutes everything turns calm again and it keeps on going. The baby moves well, four days ago I had an amniotic liquid inspection (it turned out that I have lots of liquid yet) and the baby is moving a lot despite the fact that it is expected about 3-3.5kg as well as just yesterday my doctor verified the tones and contractions of the baby and informed me that so far everything is perfectly fine but again started to remind me about the ruptures, risks etc.
I shall say that our family is eating 100% vegan and half the time raw food which gave me lots of strength and health. I am drinking lots of celery juice mixed with pineapple as well as I drink raspberry leaves tea and/or mint tea, I do my best to relax and meditate to bring back the peace in my mind, however I am feeling scared a bit because I have about 2-3 days before I go over the 14 days after my termin which doctors have evaluated for the 25th of September, but as far as we had our pregnancy well planned I am more than sure that my termin should be 2-3rd of October.
So what you think about overdue and how long can I wait before considering some more desperate actions - taking homeopathy (last time it provoked my contractions, they were really strong and because of that I took the epidural and ended in the surgery room) and the 14 days I know as a safe waiting time should be considered after the termin defined by my doctor or by my calculations?
Another question in mind is about any other techniques I can apply to stimulate the natural birth even though if I have to pass through the hell of pain. My husband is next to me, supports me, does some acupressure and massage to help relief the feelings, however I need to hear some opinions from an experienced mother or adviser. I wanted to have a doula, however here in Canada nobody agreed to go with me as they are scared to get responsible for any ruptures etc. in which I do not believe can happen as far as less than 1% of the women fell under that.
Well it turned out as a long comment and I do appologies, however I just needed to ask. Best regards for all your work and support
I am so sorry I hacen't answered your questions earlier. Unfortunately I don't always get much time to answer questions on the site due to my midwifery practice. I imagine you have given birth to your baby. I hope you went into labour naturally. Certainly the signs were there that labour was trying to start. Many doctors and midwives are not happy for women to go past 42 weeks gestation whether or not a woman has had a previous caesarean. How did your birth go. I would love to hear.
dear Jane Palmer, i am irum form Pakistan i have complete my 40 weeks during this periode my doctor says me the delivery is normal and now he checked me agin at 280day he saying the mounth of the uters is not open and he suggest me for the caesarean birth and second option is that i will be waite till 41 week. kindly tell me which one is good for me and my baby so kibndly also tell me what i will do in this period like exercise and any other.i request you answer me as quick as possible. thanks irum
Hi, I am 40 weeks, 1 day. First baby. I have lots of amniotic fluid. Baby is facing down but not engaged in pelvis. Belly is still high. Placenta is still young. Doctor says to wait until the end of the week, but my chances of natural labor are slimming by the day. I do not want a c-section (as suggested by Doctor) who said seems inevitable as Docs say.
Hi I am 8 days overdue and this is happening for the first time as this is my 3rd preg, I am tired the weight of my baby is too big for me to carry, can I go for induce pregnancy? I am worried
Iam 41 weeks pregnant. Iam over due 7 days my due date, however, my midwife recommed me to get induce or get c-sectoin. But i told her i would like to wait labor to start naturely. So my quetion is,
if the baby and me are health. And there is no medical reasons that i most get C-section or induce,is fine to wait unil i reach my 42 weeks. thanks lot
Hi my sister is pregnant with her second baby and is due in march. However when she had her first baby she didn't go in to labour and my nephew was 16 days late! on the 15 days his heart started failing and our family begged for a c section. but it was a u.k bank holiday the doctor said it was unsafe for them to do a C section that day and my sister charlie had to wait to the next day. when he was finally born he was healthy and normal luckily but his skin was awful cracking and piling. it was the worst 16 days of all of our lives. he asked charlie to find out why she didn't go in to labour. but she never did. my nephew is now three and now charlie is pregnant again the doctor tried to find out why nothing happened the first time around but for obvious reason they can't do an x-ray, Charlie has been given the choose of having the C section or see how things go. my family and i want her to go for the C section but she hasn't made her decisions yet.i'd just like some advice for her since has she wont listen to the doctors. Thank you
Hey jane i am 1day overdue i stress alot i feel a little numbness in my legs stretching in the vagina nd period cramps i had a little blood in the toilet to can this be a sighn i will go into labor soon i stressed out alot earlier nd had sex before i stressed then ook a hot bath i was supposed to get induced today but wanted to wait naturally
I am 35, fit and healthy and overdue by 10 days with my first, I feel the baby moving regularly, she's engaged but I feel no pressure. I have had two failed attempts at a membrane sweep and now been booked in for induction in two days time and am nervous about this as have read a lot of negative things about the drip that mimics Oxytocin. I don't know whether to delay the induction.
I was hoping for a natural birth and worry I will end up having a C section. I feel like my body doesn't know what it should be doing now and feel disappointed, frustrated and a bit sad that we have no baby yet. I know I don't have to have the induction but I don't want to put the baby at risk either way.
hi doc, my wife has been given 24 th december and today is 27 now he has called us in the evening to admit her in the hospital i m little scared cause there is no natural pain she is getting after 3 days also but the baby is fine kindly suggest
Hi, I'm 37 weeks pregnant with my third. My first was 3 days early and normal delivery. My second also 3 days early but a rapid delivery. I did not experience severe Braxton Hicks with my last pregnancies. I've been experiencing strong painful tightenings for weeks but over the last few days have my whole stomach becomes hard tight and painful. I get pressure in my bottom area, back ache, pelvis ache. My baby has also increased her movements which are also extremley painful. It's been nearly 12 years since I last gave birth and as this pregnancy is so different in comparison to my last I'm not sure whats going on???
Your advise would be greatly appreciated...
hi,i cnt really say how mny days am m over due coz the first time i went for sonar de doctor said my due was on the 5th of jan 2013,nd i went public hospital 4 check-ups n de doctor said m gonna be due on 28th dec 2012,m so comfused so yesterday i drank a castor-oil 2 help me bt all i did was going to de bathroom for 10 times n i had painfull cramps as if it was pain periods.i tot i was going on labour so i went to de hospital n they checked me told me dat m still thick.dat i mst cme bck on monday so since then i've bin feelng jst sleepy nothing else but m doing sme walking n going up n downs de stairs as an exersise,m 41 weeks 8 days today any 1 2 help ols m startng 2 go crzay n is my second pregnancy
Hi jane i am 41 +1week and my baby is on breech position at the left,this is my second chilld.my first chilld is a boy and I gave birth to him through c-section. 39weeks. But in this second pregnancy have been contraction unlike the first pregnancy which I did not.please jane what is tendecy that it deosnt end up being another cc-seection and what do I do for my bbaby to be in right position before 42weeks?
Hi Jane. I am currently 40 +3 with my 2nd daughter. My 1st baby came naturally 40 +1...everything was smooth. She was 7lbs, 1 0z. With my 2nd, I started showing much quicker and now my midwives think she is over 8 lbs. I am so big and have so many more stretch marks. My concern is she won't come out! I have tried everything in the book...walking, sex, nipple stimulation, black cohosh, castor oil, pineapple,bouncing on an exercise ball, long buhmpy truck ride....nothing works! I am just scared that she will get too big since she is already 8 lbs and I won't be able to push her through. I was really hoping to have a natural birth and not be induced. My midwives will be doing a sweep tomorrow, but I have trouble staying positive that anything will work at this point... any words of advice??
im 40 wks and this is my 5th baby ive never had a show before as ive always had to be started with each ofthe other children. is this a good sign and will labour begin soon. thank u
I gave birth on 12/12/12 thru c section but the baby dead, I was over due with 8 days thE doc said I will be induced on 10/12/12 but luckiily went into labour on 9/12/12. I was on labour for 2 days withoout bee checked according to the doc so that I won't get infection, wwhenn finaaly he checked me he said the baby's head is ontop of water, so for that I have to deliver thru c section and booked the operation the next day, later my body system changed and he said the operation will be done imediately that the had cord accident. My question is was there nothing that can be done to break the water so that I can deliVer without operation and does cord kills baby?
Hi, I am 7 days over due on my second baby. I went 9 days over on my first. I am booked in to be induced in 3 days time. I still have not had my bloody show yet or any other signs of labour. Any advice on how I can naturally induce, I really dpnt want to be medically induced. Thanks.
Hi, I am 7 days over due on my second baby. I went 9 days over on my first. I am booked in to be induced in 3 days time. I still have not had my bloody show yet or any other signs of labour. Any advice on how I can naturally induce, I really dpnt want to be medically induced. Thanks.
I'm 40 weeks & 5 days and my mucus plug just started coming out since yesterday. I don't want to be induced, but I don't know what else to do to start labor on my own. I've tried sex, bouncing, rocking back & forth on all fours, and walking. I do not want to try castor oil because I don't want to risk hurting my baby. I have no idea what else to do. I was supposed to be induced on the 27th, but my doctor changed her mind because this is my first baby and she didn't want the induction to fail and wanted to prevent me from having to have a c section. I feel like he's never going to come. What else can I do to help start labor and avoid being medically induced?
Hi Jane, I am curious as to your opinion on my situation. This is my first pregnancy. I am 32 years of age. I am 41 weeks plus 3 days so 9 days overdue. I have been exercising and meditating regularly throughout my pregnancy (yoga and walking). I have had acupuncture and I am drinking raspberry leaf tea. I have had my membranes swapped (going again today) and the midwife said that i score a 9/10 on that test they do and that my cervix is 'very ripe'. I am also 3 cm dilated. I have been experiencing period like cramping on and off for the past few days. Baby is still active. I am concerned about induction....I want to have a natural birth. I have been booked into have my waters broken on Friday 22nd (in three days time) at the birth centre and if nothing then they will move me to labour ward were they will induce me. What are your thoughts on my situation- do you think still possible to have a natural birth? and should I ask them to prolong the induce and wait for baby to be ready? Any advice will be welcomed. Namaste Lani
My partner is 15 days over is it really danderous for the baby The hospital still haven't started her she has been in All day it's a joke
Hi I'm 3days over due this my 3rd birth and I never been over due before I had my membranes strip yesterday round 2 pm I'vehad lost of contraction I'm the past two months and been 1cm and 50% thin for at lest 3 months untilled yesterday I'm now 3 cm 80% thin before my membranes were strip I don't want to go all the way to 42 weeks my mom going out of town and I wanted her t be around when I go into labor but I think its not going to happened I might be by myself and my two boys witch is going to be hard and a little scary to me she wont be back till two weeks later, do you think I'm going to go all the way to I'm 42 weeks I've had a little Blood show after the strip and this morning even my discharge has became a little dark and pinkish but I'm not worried because its don't last long what do you think???or u can Tex me what u think my email I been having trouble with or u can do both email and Tex???
I am 40 weeks and 5 days with my first baby. I have been told from a scan that the baby has a large head. Baby is pushing into my pelvis a lot and causing sharp pains and kicking or stretching forcefully under my ribs. Should I have reason to believe the head is not fitting into the pelvis?
Thank you, Anna
Dear Jane, I am 38 weeks and 3 days. After ultrasound my doctor says that the baby position is not in a proper way. All other things are ok. Baby heart beat my blood pressure and every thing. She is saying we shall wait for more 5 days and then we shall go for induction. Is this possible that I ask my doctor to wait for some more days. If yes then advise me what precautions I have to take. Thanks
My wife is pregnant now with 31 weeks.. her LMP was on august 17 2012... but when she went for a scan the reports shows her due date will be on 26th june 2013.. why it happend?
Strength to all you beautiful women, doing the best you can for the health of your babies and yourselves, stay strong, get second and third opinions, and ultimately look for the answers deep within, mothers often know best. love to you all. i am 43 weeks pregnant today and everything well, i am trying for a vbac2 and hope to go into labor very soon. xoxox
Hi, I m 40 weeks pregnant with my first baby. By baby s in back to back position and my pp to brim is 4/5. My doctor told that she will induce pain in this week and cant guarantee a vaginal birth. I have no health complications. So is it commom with back to back babies to have delivered only by c section or vaginal birth s possible. Thanq
Hi .I was 43+3 when I give birth to my son.He was induced .My due date was wrong about 10 days less then mine. .I knew my LMP date and the day we have sex(I planed for a boy so i had to know my ovulation).My pregnancy went well very well but when my due date pass the nightmares started.I refused to be induced becouse I knew my boy was not ready yet.Doctors stressed me that my baby gona die.They tried to find problem in my pregnancy so I could change my mind.I had also due date recheck and come as 09 august but the first due date was 25 july .So you can see that I had 2 weeks unnecessary stress which come from doctors.They not even considered my other due date.So they start to monitored me .I was every 2 day in hospital to monitor heart bit .Everything was fine.There was not reason for me to go there in first plays because I was not overdue yet.But in doctors books yes.I gave birth on 22august .I remember one senior doctor tried everything with me she even said to me if i know that Gary Barlow baby died.This was her words.So on 21 august she said to me that main vessel in my baby head is geting wicker.I just give up..I still can not get over it.I should keep going stronger.After all I was only 42 not43+3 pregnant.Doctors was rude to me.I was induced ,had episotomy which are not done properly ,they damege my rectum because of forcepsI lost sensitive feeling because of epidural..And on my recent visit I mention all this so the doctor with big smile and not even looking at my lower parts said that everything healing well.That is not true ,another lie from doctors.So my advice is, doctors not always know best.It is your body and baby and if you strongly think that you are right stick with it.I also think that there are so many woman pregnant and doctors are unable to cope with unexpected labour .DOctors allocate induction by the space in the diary not by urgency.If we woman are consider at risk because overdue why no one deal with as quick as possible ,first diary have to be check for availability.And one more think never go on your own to hospital visit have someone with you.Doctors are for help ,if you do not know something ask it is your right and expect answer from them. I would like to know when Jacquie gave birth .Natural or induced?
Hello I will be 39 weeks on the 17th June i had a sweep of cervix this afternoon my cervix is very favourable ad soft and i have been having pre labour symptoms for the past week such as diarreah, constant backache period like cramps, achey legs and feeling very out of sorts. This is my third baby i was also told to insert a evening primrose oil tablet as far up as I cld go as it works in conjunction with the sweep just wondering if this will work. The midwife wants to do another sweep if I havnt gone by Sunday and then another on Tuesday. just wanted to know what your thoughts are just to get a second opinion Ta Emma
I'm at 41 wks today. I had a sweep last Thursday did have a little mucus loss on Friday & having quick sharp shooting pains in my vagina & only a few dull dragging pains in my belly. I had more mucus loss last night more than last Friday. I went 11 days over on my 1st born 2 days early on my 2nd born. I've another app with midwife on Thursday inwhich she will do another sweep if nothing happens naturally I have to go into hospital & be induced on Sunday. Could there be a chance I'm I'n very slow labor with losing mucus & having some pain. I'm not able to sleep & I feel like this pregnancy is never going to end 😑
I have completed my 9th month on 2nd july. Doctor has given me due date of 9th july. My doctor said that tye cervix is not open yet. Baby head id quite down in position. What should I do. This is my first pregnancy. I want a natural birth
Hi This is baby no 4. I am 40 week & 3 days. First time i go this far. My first was born 39/6 second was born 39 weeks and third baby was born 38. I had all natural birth This time I am way overdue. Is there anything could bring labour?? I have been having lots of BH since 25 weeks. What's going to happen now?? I am very worried and freaked this time
Hello frnds I need ur help I am 40weeks 1 days pregnant I went to dr yesterday she told me cervix is not open yet n I dnt have pain also so plz suggest me how my cervix wil get open easily n how can my labour pain wil start? Also doctor told if baby wil nt cme till 11 thn we wil put pain injection to bring labour is it good for my I am afraid of c- section.
I'm 40 weeks pregnat ill b 41 tomarrow n I'm so desperate the my baby girl is not here yet I had a doc appoinment last tuesday n I was 2cm dialited I'm 5 days overdue what should I do so my baby will b here soon I dnt want to have a c-section
Hi Jane I'm 16 days overdue an 3cm dilated the hospital said they ate not going to do anything due to the fact that over night I went from nothing on my 13th day to 3cm on the 14th day. I am getting worried as this is my first pregnancy and I am worried fr my health and he babies..
Hi there, I am almost 40 weeks pregnant. This is my first. My baby is not engaged but head is down (and facing the right side of my body). I have not had any pains or Braxton hicks and my pregnancy has been normal and low risk. My question is - can I do anything to help my baby drop? I really do not want to be induced, and I really do not want a CS. Thank you.
im 39 week pregnant on my 3rd baby im having a little cntraction when im lying in my bed but no bloody show on my undies could it be im having a overdue deliveries.
i... I m currently 40 weeks pregnant n yesterday I think I lost my mucus plug I.e. had reddish brown mucus discharge. I had my due date yesterday n visited my doc who sd I needed c section immediately as babies weight is 3.6.went fr second opinion n was infmd by other doc to wait fr a week . Nw I m confused n concerned abt my baby .I had irregular contractions n haven't broken my water bag yet. What shud I do ? Can i do anything to open internal os ..coz my docs observation mentions os closed ..n is there any hope of normal birth .Thank You
Hi Jane, I am trying for a vba2c,first c-section was for breech and second elective at 10 days over my ob suggested another elective at 10 days over but will agree to 14 days over but I am now getting worried about natural going over so much?
I am 41 weeks and 4 days with my third. first TOL. 1st was a c-section due to breech positioning with no TOL, second emergency c-section at 32 weeks due to toxemia no TOL, and third was a scheduled section, I was not offered a TOL unfortunately. I am seeing midwives for a VBA3C. I will be 42 weeks on the 1ST. Dilated to a 1cma and im completely ripened. I have expereinced no contractions and im fearing another section...this is all too depressing. NST was great I have another tomorrow, also to see if they can break my waters. Having a hard time coping, do you recommend going past 42 if baby is all good?
I am 41weeks 4days overdue and have not seen a doctor or midwife since 36weeks of pregnancy. I am worried that this is my first and I am really overdue. I stress a lot as I see the sun rise and set everyday without me holding my baby. I haven't had any brixton hicks contractions,show or any sign of labour whatsoever. I have really reached a stage where I don't know what to do bearing in mind that I don't have enough financial resources to see a doctor. So can you please advise me on what to do.
Dear Candice - I am assuming you are not located in Australia as maternity care here is free. It is very important to have antenatal care in late pregnancy - particularly as you are now overdue. Can you borrow money to see a midwife or doctor?
Hi,in 15th dec,10th month is started.Doc said baby head is not decending. I need to Do CS after one week.is there any chance of normal delivery?its my first pregnancy n my periods were always irreguler.i am very stressed. I do walk a lot daily n active throughout my pregnancy.should i wait more or go for CS? Plz suggest.
I am 40+6 today with my first baby. I had membrane sweep today with a little bleeding afterwards. I have been passing my mucus plug on and off for a week and also have been having period cramps for over a month. They have become stronger this week but are not there every day. Although I am booked for induction in 6 days
time I really wish to deliver my baby before it. During my sweep today the babys head was 4/5 engaged (also stated as -1 stage), soft cervix but not effaced neither dilated. The MW could feel the baby`s head during the sweep but was hesitant to say how successful the sweep would be. Can I please have your opinion?
hi my due date is 24/12/2013 but still no sign of labour pain and my AFI is 6cm is possible I can go for normal delivery on my first delivery two days earlier of my due date doc suggest me for c section I don't want to go for that ,baby movement was good .how much I can wait for normal delivery or labour pain . as per scan my EDD date was 29/12/2013.
Hi.. I was wondering if I do go pass my due date does that mean my conception date moves back a couple days seeing that she didn't come on time... my due date is Jan 5th which makes my conception date around the 14th or 15th of april me goin overdue could that mean I got pregnant before those dates? Also I've had my membranes swept an I was already 2-3cm but nothing has happened she said she would induce me at 41 weeks is there any other methods to bring labor on naturally?
Hi, I am 39+4 days and this is my third baby. i had contraction the other night 11 pm, went to hospital and they told me there is no opening yet and contraction is 8 minute apart last only 30 second. they send me home. by 4.30am, i felt tired and fall asleep, contraction gone. until today, i havent got any contraction.
tried everything, walking, sex, spicy food. but no sign of labour at all.. i am worried now. baby movement okay.. sometime can get very active. is this normal? can the baby's umbilical cord get twisted thats why i cant feel the contraction.
Hi I am 41 weeks now and I've been experiencing belly tighten constantly and having sharp pressure on my vigina and rectal when baby is moving down or contract. I don't know if that is contraction or what. Because I don't have any sharp pain. Just a lot of baby moving, tighten, and pressure. This is my 4th pregnancy and never experience anything like this. I'm seeing my mw this coming Tuesday Jan 21, 2014 along with an ultrasound. my mw also mention to me about I'm thinking membranes stripp. I was wondering if that will help start my labor. I am scared. Don't want to induce... Any advices?
I am now 12 days overdue and booked in for induction in two days' time, at which stage I will be 42 weeks. The doctor has monitored me every second day and I and baby are very healthy: baby's heartbeat, pockets of fluid, etc all very good, doc says. However, baby has been extremely active over past four/five days: very vigorous movements. I'm now starting to worry that the cord might be getting tangled and distressing it? The only thing is, baby is doing these very vigorous movements at same time - every evening between 9-11. Should I be worried?
Hi i am 4 days overdue. I have had 2membrane sweeps done and was told today while getting sweep done that the could feel babys head. I have been over for alot of check ups cause blood pressure was high before but has gone down since. Today im experiencing headaches went to bed but still have it. Is this normal?
My friend is pregnant and was due on the 3rd of march she is now 11 months pregnant she doesnt want to be induced she says she waiting for labour pains I m really worried about her and the baby what must she do n she also dont go to see doctor's
hi i was supposed to have gone through labour by today bt nothin is happening.ive been having contraction over the weeks.my doctor said that my due date was today.also when i calculate last day of menstruation.it gives me today.what can possibily delay the labour?what can i do to calm my self
Hi Jane, I have been reading to your responses to women in need of answers, it was great. I am 40 years old, pregnant with second for 17 weeks. I personally have fears about waiting until 40 weeks due to my age. Shall I bring induction up with my OB or is too early?
Hi maam I am cureently 41 weeks nd 3days due to go into hospital tomorrow My problem is that I have noticed that my babys movements have decreased where I dnt feel him kicking or wriggling at all jus once or twice pressing against my belly,now I had been dignosed from 4 months onwards till about 8 months with gestational diabetes nd had to take metformin tablets but the glucose in my urine was no longer traceable in my 9month and currently so my question is is it possible that maybe baby is big that's why movements have stopped pls let me knw I'm highly stressed
Hi my wife is having 39 week baby but her/his head is down but not in pelvic region so guide what to do doctor is saying sessarioun but my wife is saying I want give normal birth to my first child plz guide
hi jane, my due date was the 9th/08/14 and i am still waiting. problem is i had a sweep last week and since then i believe i have lost my plug, i have had mucus discharge and really bad pains and discomfort. my belly become so hard that the baby movement is hurting. my midwife has said that i do have contraction but there are in response to my baby moving. i also have pelvic girdle pain too. but for the last three days my back has been hurting and my belly has been tightening up but nothing has happened i am up all night with it and then it calms down about 4-5 o'clock in morning and i am so tired. what can i do to help this?
Hello i am 38wks 5 days and scheduled for induction in 2 days. This is my 6th delivery and i have delivered all others before now. Pitocin was used with all of my others. I had 3 inductions for medical reasons and the 2 others my water broke and i had to be induced. So ive never made it this far and never thought i would. I have been in early start and stop labor with painful contractions for 2 days. Ive had a sweep 2x already and the only thing that happened was some bleeding. I have polyhydramnios and have 34cm fluid. Dr says my baby is very high and thats why the contractions arent working. Im so nervous that the baby wont and cant engage because of the poly. I dont know how much longer i can go on with this unproductive labor. I am exhausted already. TERRIFIED OF CSEC!!!!! Can a baby engage with this much fluid?
I am 38 weeks in my do date is September the 30 I am supposed to get a section do I go the whole term or do they scheduled before that day
Hi jane,now in my 40weeks+4days,feeling pain in my down part of stomach,my anus is also give me sharp pain,not feeling much comfortable walking and sleeping,infact can't wait to deliver my baby but labour is not coming fort although having some false labour experince,I want to if my baby will be soon and this is my second child,I gave birth to my first child at 41weeks.pls does mean my second baby too will come at 41weeks.I really want to know.thanks.
hey im 33weeks if i count it right i last menstruated on the 4th of feb this year and here is my second pregnancy my last pregnancy was good i never had pains or problms bt nw yhoo im having pains most of the tym nd the doctor says its normal bt im scared i dnt want a overdue pregnancy help me how many weeks do i have
I'm 40+2weeks pregnant and my due date was 15th October 2014 . Had stretch and sweep on the 16th October and on the 17th October I started getting period pain and cramps. Every 10mins. What now?
Hi, I'm 2 days past my due date and I'm starting to worry because my baby's head was engaged and his shoulders were down but now he's moved back up and he's not engaged or even really dropped anymore, is this normal?
Hello jane....i am overdue in my pregnancy my due date was dec 15.....i am still pregnant till this day....i have the worst back pains and lower abdomen pains.....have been experiencing Braxton hicks contraction for about the past 3 months.....im carrying twin with lower heart rate and other complications.....im very tired what can i do they want to induce me but im frightened......will i be able to give a natural birth or do i have to have a cesarean....this is my third pregnancy and its been very hard on me just need a little more insight.....thank you
Hi Jane,am 40weeks and 3days pregnant,but am having dis abdominal pain and it ache a lot..have seen my doctor and he said I shud hold on for somedays before he decide on inducing me,but am scared if all is well wit the baby becos the pains am having under my tommy is much,I can't even walk properly or sit properly...pls jane is the pain Normal or I should go sign for c.section instead of waiting for more days to be induced..?thanks
So I am a week overdue. My doctor has already tried to induce me on my due date and it was unsuccessful so we decided to wait a little longer. I go in tomorrow to try again with inducing. My doctor dose not discuss with me what to expect there has been no change at all in my cervix. And I am not sure if being induced will work. And when I ask he dose not answer me. What should I do should I ask for a c section?