12th November 2019
How long after your due date should you wait to be induced?
If your pregnancy has been straightforward, you're likely to be offered induction at 41 weeks . The timing may vary according to your hospital's policy. In some areas you may be offered an induction at between seven days and 10 days after your due date, in others it may be two weeks.
8 signs labour is coming soon
- Your baby drops. This usually occurs one to four weeks before your due date.
- Your cervix dilates.
- More cramps.
- Joints feel looser.
- Stop gaining weight.
- You feel even more tired.
- Vaginal discharge.
7 Ways to Naturally Induce Labor
- Pineapple. Tropical fruits like pineapple, mango and papaya contain a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain.
- Shake your groove thang. Dancing is a great way to get moving and encourage your baby's descent.
- Raspberry Leaf Tea.
- Nipple Stimulation.
- Shut the bedroom door.
- Castor Oil*
Electing to have your healthcare provider induce labor may appeal to you. However, elective labor induction isn't always best for your baby. Inducing labor before you are at least 39 weeks along in your pregnancy (one week away from your due date) - or before your cervix is ready - has risks.
When she delivered a daughter, Penny Diana Hunter, in 1945, the child appeared absolutely normal. This shocked her doctor, who stated that Hunter's last menstrual period had been a staggering 375 days ago. An average pregnancy is 280 days, making this an extra three months that Hunter carried her daughter in the womb.
Overdue pregnancy: What to do when baby's overdue. Your due date does not estimate when your baby will arrive. It's normal to give birth before or after your due date. In fact, your pregnancy must continue two weeks past your due date to earn the official label of postterm pregnancy.
As the pregnancy progresses, the accuracy of an ultrasound for predicting due dates decreases. Between 18 and 28 weeks of gestation, the margin of error increases to plus or minus two weeks. After 28 weeks, the ultrasound may be off by three weeks or more in predicting a due date.
The results showed that a firstborn baby has a 15 to 16 percent chance of being born late, compared with a 9 or 10 percent chance for other babies. Most babies were born at 39 weeks of pregnancy. However, the study also found that firstborns were also more likely to be born early, at 37 weeks or earlier.
How labour is induced. If you're being induced, you'll go into the hospital maternity unit. Contractions can be started by inserting a tablet (pessary) or gel into the vagina. Induction of labour may take a while, particularly if the cervix (the neck of the uterus) needs to be softened with pessaries or gels.
Sit tight. Only 5 percent of newborns arrive on their actual due dates, but over 80 percent are born within two weeks of it. Most babies will be perfectly safe and healthy hanging out in your womb until 42 weeks.
Always talk to your doctor before trying to induce labor on your own.
- Exercise. Exercise can be anything that gets the heart rate up, such as a long walk.
- Nipple stimulation.
- Membrane stripping.
- Spicy foods.
- Red raspberry leaf tea.
A preterm or premature baby is delivered before 37 weeks of your pregnancy. Extremely preterm infants are born 23 through 28 weeks. Moderately preterm infants are born between 29 and 33 weeks. Late preterm infants are born between 34 and 37 weeks.
First time moms, if left alone to go into labor naturally tend to be pregnant for about 41 weeks and 1 day. Women who've had babies before tend to deliver around 40 weeks and 3 days. Only about 10% of women go longer than 42 weeks. That's average.
Signs and Symptoms of Labor
- Lightening: You can breathe again!
- Bloody show: Loss of mucus plug.
- Rupture of membranes: Your water breaks!
- Nesting: Burst of energy.
- Effacement: Thinning of the cervix.
- Dilation: Opening of the cervix.
Response time varies – some women start having mild contractions within a few hours of Pitocin being started. A quick response is more likely if you have had a baby before. Many women need 6 to 12 hours or more of Pitocin to enter active labor (when the cervix dilates at least a centimeter an hour).
Only a small number of women — 5 percent, according to some figures — deliver on their given due date. Traditionally, babies born as much as three weeks before their due dates, or up to two weeks after, have been considered full term.
The first stage begins when you start having contractions that cause progressive changes in your cervix and ends when your cervix is fully dilated. This stage is divided into two phases: Early labor: Your cervix gradually effaces (thins out) and dilates (opens).
If your labor doesn't start, you'll be started on an IV infusion of oxytocin. This drug (often referred to by the brand name Pitocin) is a synthetic form of the hormone that your body produces naturally during spontaneous labor. To ripen your cervix and induce labor, your healthcare provider may: Use prostaglandins.
The third stage of labour begins once your baby is born, and ends when you deliver the placenta and the empty bag of waters attached to the placenta (membranes). After the birth, you may have a few minutes to rest and enjoy your baby before your contractions start again.
Thinning (effacement) and opening (dilation) of the cervix. During the first stage of labor, contractions help your cervix to thin and begin to open. This is called effacement and dilation. As your cervix dilates, your health care provider will measure the opening in centimeters.
A membrane sweep is a way of trying to bring on labour to avoid going too overdue. This separation releases hormones (prostaglandins) which may kick-start your labour. The procedure may also be called a stretch and sweep, because if a sweep isn't possible, your midwife may still try to stretch or massage your cervix.