Officially, most experts agree that a baby is overdue if he hasn't been born before your 42nd week of pregnancy....
Officially, most experts agree that a baby is overdue if he hasn't been born before your 42nd week of pregnancy. Unofficially, due dates can be iffy, many medical care professionals try to rush women into labor and birth, and it's hard to know exactly if you're overdue or not. In fact, most research shows that only about 10% of babies are truly overdue, yet many more women are induced simply because they don't deliver right on or around their due date. That said, a truly overdue baby can be problematic. Once your pregnancy hits the 42 week mark, the placenta is at an increased risk for not doing its job, i.e. fluid levels may be too low and it can just stop working. Because the placenta is vital to your baby's health, this is, of course, an issue. Some experts note that after 42 weeks a baby may grow too large for a vaginal delivery, but judging baby size is tricky business when combined with iffy due dates. Plus plenty of women give birth vaginally to 10 pound (sometimes larger) babies. It doesn't sound like fun, I know, but it's also totally possible. If your baby is overdue: Your health care provider will be keeping a close eye on you. They'll likely perform a stress tests. If everything looks good during a stress test, your provider may suggest waiting it out a little longer before augmentation of labor or a cesarean birth is suggested. If you are overdue it can be frustrating. You may feel very uncomfortable and tired. But know that your baby will be born soon and that it's usually better to let Mother Nature run your birth experience rather than go straight to induction. You might want to spend some time trying out some natural labor induction methods too.

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