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Welcome to your due date! After 40 very long weeks through pregnancy, the final day is finally here when the baby will be welcomed into the world.
By the 40th week, your doctor will already have discussed with you about the appropriate moment to head to the hospital for delivery. Many doctors encourage moms to head to the hospital sooner rather than later especially if their pregnancies are classified as risky. If the pregnancy is very risky, you will be required to go to the hospital immediately the first sign of labor is noted while others are told to observe the contractions for about 2 hrs.
However, when the water breaks, you must head to the hospital irrespective of the level of labor because delivery should take place a short while after.
If labor does not start on its own, you may be advised to have it induced so that you can deliver. Note that after the 42nd week, the placenta becomes less effective in the delivery of nutrients and the baby and can bring a lot of complications.
Some mothers may prefer induced labor for convenience and medical reasons. About 20% of pregnant moms undergo induced labor. However, it is not recommended before the 38th week.
A post-term pregnancy is when pregnancy goes beyond the 42nd week. This raises the risk of the baby being born still (without a heartbeat), overly large, and with high fetal distress. However, only 10% of pregnancies go to the post-term session because many babies are born between the 37th and 42nd weeks.
The best thing to do here is ensuring you keep relaxing as much as possible and wait for labor. If there are no signs of labor yet, the doctor will discuss with you various methods of inducing it in the 40th week.
If you have not reviewed the sign of labor by now, you need to grasp them well because it is what you will be experiencing may be in the next few hours or days.