What happens if my due date comes and goes, and my baby still shows no signs
of appearing? – Martha
Very few pregnant women deliver on their estimated due
dates. Many first-time moms find themselves waiting up to 2 weeks after their
due date for their baby to arrive.
If you don't go into labor
within a week of your due date, your doctor may recommend a nonstress
test. This monitors fetal heart rate and movement to see how the baby is doing.
Talk to your doctor to find out more about this test.
Sometimes moms need a little help to get their labor going. If your health or your
baby's health requires it, your doctor may induce
labor. This can be done by:
stripping the membranes: The doctor can rupture the amniotic sac by sweeping a
gloved finger over the thin membranes that connect it to the wall of the uterus.
breaking your water (also called an amniotomy): The doctor makes a small hole
in the amniotic sac with a special tool.
giving a hormone such as
prostaglandin or oxytocin