Inducing Labor

You've been counting down the days until your due date for months on end. But now that date has come and gone and you're still pregnant.

An overdue pregnancy can be very frustrating and uncomfortable. However, going over your due date is extremely common. In fact, seven out of ten babies are born after their due date.

If you're still waiting for your baby to make her appearance, then read this and learn what you can do to induce labor and coax her out.

When to Start
Most women go into labor between their 37th week of pregnancy and their 42nd week. Even if your due date was two weeks ago, most health care professionals wait until 42 weeks' gestation before considering a pregnancy overdue.

If your or your baby's health seems to be compromised, though, then there will be some extra pressure to have labor induced or have a cesarean section performed before this time. Talk with your doctor or midwife to see if labor induction is the best decision for you.

When, How And Why Would You Need To Induce Labor?

For healthy moms and babies, some health care providers may offer to let you continue your pregnancy after 42 weeks. However, most will usually suggest medically inducing labor once you hit the magical 4-2.

Problems with Being Overdue
Aside from being very uncomfortable and impatient, there are some issues associated with going past your due date. After 42 weeks, concerns start to rise about possible complications with the baby. Most notably, there is a slightly increased risk of stillbirth (about 1 in 1,000 babies). But evidence suggests that inducing labor can help reduce this risk.

If you're past your due date, there are a few tests that your health care provider will do to monitor the health of your overdue baby. A non-stress test is commonly performed, which will monitor your baby's heart rate. An ultrasound will also let you see that your baby is doing just fine.

At home, you can count the number of movements you feel from your baby throughout the day. The more he moves, the better.

Get it Out! How to Induce Labor
There are a few different ways your labor can be medically induced. One common way is to use prostaglandin gel.

Protoglandin Gel

This gel, which helps to soften your cervix, is applied to the back of your vagina. While the gel alone may be enough to start labor, it can also increase your risk of developing a fever, having diarrhea, cause fetal distress and possibly cause you to hemorrhage after birth.

Breaking your water

Something with a bit less risk associated with it is having your water broken. However, to do this, your cervix needs to be dilated a few centimeters. Plus, some women find the procedure, which involves an instrument that resembles a large crochet hook, to be rather uncomfortable.

While breaking your water can sometimes be enough to get labor going, other times this procedure needs to be combined with a syntocinon IV.

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I am now two weeks overdue and I am going out of mind. i can't sleep at night and can hardly move. I feel like an elephant and I want my baby to come out already. I have tried so many ways to induce labor. I tired home remedies to induce labor except for drinking castor oil. Someone at work told me to have pea soup so i have been eating it every night! One friend suggested walking upstairs so i don't use the elevator in my building any more but it still isn't helping inducing labor!!! Any other ideas for my overdue pregnancy?
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