Once you go a week beyond your due date, some concerns come up simply because you're carrying longer than the typical gestation period. When that happens, problems can arise, so your caregiver will most likely step up the baby monitoring. This does not mean your baby is trouble. It's simply a way to make sure everybody is still healthy and happy until labor starts.
At 42 weeks, your doctor may want to increase the frequency of:
- Ultrasounds, to look at the baby
- Fetal monitoring, to check the baby's heart rate
- Vaginal exams, to check on the status of your cervix
The point is to make sure everything is OK and to find out immediately if it's not so that your labor can be induced. And if it does come to induction, don't sweat it. Your baby is fully baked by now, and the best thing for everyone is to bring him or her into the outside world so the adventure can really begin.
Preferably right now. Lazy little munchkin.
For more information on pregnancy, parenting and related topics, look over the links below.
- Guide to Being 30 Weeks Pregnant
- Guide to Being 31 Weeks Pregnant
- Guide to Being 32 Weeks Pregnant
- Guide to Being 33 Weeks Pregnant
- Guide to Being 34 Weeks Pregnant
- Guide to Being 35 Weeks Pregnant
- Guide to Being 36 Weeks Pregnant
- Guide to Being 37 Weeks Pregnant
- Guide to Being 38 Weeks Pregnant
- Guide to Being 39 Weeks Pregnant
More Great Links
- Preeclampsia. Baby Center. March 2011. (June 23, 2011) http://www.babycenter.com/0_preeclampsia_257.bc
- Pregnancy Week 42. Parents. (June 20, 2011) http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/week-by-week/42/
- Pregnancy: What to Expect When You're Past Your Due Date. FamilyDoctor. (June 20, 2011) http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/women/pregnancy/labor/143.html
- Week 42 of Pregnancy. What To Expect. (June 20, 2011) http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/week-by-week/week-42.aspx
- Weeks 41-42. Birth.com.au. (June 20, 2011) http://www.birth.com.au/Pregnancy/Pregnancy-29-40-weeks/Pregnancy-week-by-week/Weeks-41-42