I’ve been pregnant for 40 weeks and I reached my due date today! Just one question – where is my baby?!?!?!
In my favorite pregnancy book Pregnancy Day By Day I read that anything between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy is considered to be normal. Well, that’s great but I really thought baby girl would come in the 37-38 week range and yet I have reached my due date and she’s still enjoying uterine life!
Why is labor late?
As the exact trigger that sets off labor is unknown, it’s not clear why some women are overdue. My book tells me that you are more likely to be overdue if this is your first baby, if you’ve had an overdue baby before, or if the condition runs in your family. Some think it’s more common in well nourished women, and there is even evidence that pregnancies are longer in the summer than in the winter.
Bringing on labor
Although no “home” or alternative remedy has been proven to bring on labor, there are several harmless techniques that are thought to assist the body’s natural processes:
- Probably the most enjoyable way to try to bring on labor is to make love with your partner. Sperm contains prostaglandins that may act as a natural uterine stimulant, although the evidence that this works is inconclusive. Making love is not dangerous to your baby, unless your doctor has specifically told you to refrain from intercourse for medical reasons, such as fetal growth restriction or placental bleeding.
- Nipple stimulation during sex or by itself can cause the release of oxytocin from your pituitary gland, which is linked to contractions and cervical ripening.
- Walking and exercise may cause a mild increase in uterine contractions by helping the baby move down the pelvis, putting pressure on the cervix.
- Raspberry leaf tea has been associated with increased uterine activity.
So, you know my agenda for today
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