Being overdue to have a baby means different things to people.
Some pregnant women will be quite relaxed about it, confident that
the baby will come in its own sweet time. Others are anxious,
waiting nervously for something, anything to happen. Midwives and
doctors can have different views as well, and even opposing views
on the need to induce an overdue pregnancy.
When you are 42 weeks pregnant, you will find your health care
provider will check and re-check the accuracy of your due date.
This is done by checking the first day of your last normal period
as well as your ultrasound findings. You may have a vaginal
examination this week so the suitability of your cervix for labour
can be assessed. If your baby's head has engaged and is applying
pressure to your cervix it is likely that this will be thinning and
starting to dilate. Your midwife or doctor may even try to stretch
the cervix a little and strip the membranes from around your baby's
head. This will help to release prostaglandins from your cervix, as
these chemicals play an important role in commencing
It is important that you are being monitored carefully if you do
get to 42 weeks of pregnancy. Biophysical profiles and regular
CTG's (Cardiotocographs) are commonly recommended. The placenta is
unlikely to be working as effectively as it was a few weeks ago and
it is important that it is still able to support your baby