What if My Baby Isn't Born by My Due Date?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.due date, pregnancy, childbirth, past due date, due dates, nonstress test, induced labor, labor,cesarean section, c-section, c section, delivery, delivering a child06/09/200608/28/201908/28/2019Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD08/26/2019822699b6-1360-49e5-a0b2-371b21f0dc23https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/due-date.html/<p><em>What happens if my due date comes and goes, and my baby still shows no signs of appearing?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Martha</em></p> <p>Very few pregnant women deliver on their estimated <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pregnancy-calendar-intro.html/">due dates</a>. Many first-time moms find themselves waiting up to 2 weeks after their due date for their baby to arrive.</p> <p>If you don't go <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/true-labor.html/">into labor</a> within a week of your due date, your doctor may recommend a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/prenatal-nonstress.html/">nonstress test</a>. 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.</p> <p>Sometimes moms need a little help to get their labor going. If your health or your baby's health requires it, your doctor may <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/inductions.html/">induce labor</a>. This can be done by:</p> <ul> <li>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.</li> <li>breaking your water (also called an amniotomy): The doctor makes a small hole in the amniotic sac with a special tool.</li> <li>giving a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hormones.html/">hormone</a> such as prostaglandin or oxytocin</li> </ul>¿Y si mi bebé aún no ha nacido en la fecha probable de parto?Muy pocas mujeres dan a luz en su fecha probable de parto. Muchas madres primerizas tienen que esperar hasta 2 semanas después de esa fecha para que nazcan sus bebés.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/due-date-esp.html/8db79221-f24e-433d-97a4-f573f760b08b
A Week-by-Week Pregnancy CalendarOur week-by-week illustrated pregnancy calendar is a detailed guide to all the changes taking place in your baby - and in you!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pregnancy-calendar-intro.html/f08368e4-e28d-4773-a168-306afac33137
Are You in Labor?Here's how to tell the difference between true labor and false labor -- and when to get medical care. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/true-labor.html/e223057f-f50f-487d-a2be-25454286394e
Birth PlansThe reality of labor and birth may seem extremely far off - but now's the time to start planning for your baby by creating a birth plan that details your wishes.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/birth-plans.html/067405ca-56aa-409f-af00-da299027dcce
Cesarean Sections (C-Sections)Many babies are delivered via cesarean sections. Learn why and how C-sections are done.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/c-sections.html/3441f01d-4085-4fe3-ba1d-781e0953de92
EpiduralsEpidurals can make giving birth more calm, controlled, and comfortable. Find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/epidurals.html/cee15cbb-a39a-4efb-a0ea-4eb125b9a276
Inducing LaborFind out why doctors may induce labor if you're past your due date, how it may be done, and how it may affect you and your baby.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/inductions.html/3281fb0f-d640-4dc1-b669-63c1da7f39f3
Pregnancy & Newborn CenterAdvice and information for expectant and new parents.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/pregnancy-center.html/c58d014a-89a3-4c90-8b54-c9cadf5d6016
Recovering From DeliveryAfter giving birth, you'll notice you've changed somewhat - both physically and emotionally. Here's what to expect after labor and delivery.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/recovering-delivery.html/dcd08107-34bc-49b7-9997-1ab35a939bf6
kh:age-NAkh:clinicalDesignation-obgynkh:genre-qAndAkh:primaryClinicalDesignation-obgynPregnancy & Infants Q&Ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/question/infants/1f888b1d-d0e9-48bd-b6e9-ab3bed0a9eb7