No matter how intimidating labor and delivery can seem, no mom-to-be wants to go past her due date. Not only can the final weeks feel heavy and uncomfortable, but many moms-to-be have heard horror stories about long and difficult labors or C-sections related to being overdue. To calm your fears and help you have a happy and healthy labor, there are some things your OB-GYN wants you to know when you're past your due date .
Your doctor probably gave you a due date that was 40 weeks from your last period. But, as Ohio OB-GYN Dr. Andre T. Harris, Sr. tells Romper, "your due date is an estimate, not an eviction notice." According to WebMD, most babies arrive between weeks 38 and 42 of pregnancy, and any baby who hasn't arrived by week 42 is considered late, or post-term. (WebMD also noted that approximately one in every 10 babies born is post-term.) Although no one is sure why some women go past their due date, the site noted that you may be more likely to deliver late if this is your first pregnancy, have previously had a post-term delivery, have women in your family who've delivered past their due date, or were born late yourself.
If you're currently past your due date, or are worried about going post-term, here are some things your OB-GYN wants you to know.