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Induced Labor?

Q: I found your web site because I was looking for some pregnancy info. I am due Friday, and have no signs of labor. My OB told me I will probably have to be induced. Can I wait a few more weeks? I am a low risk and very healthy. Another question is, is my OB suppose to be checking if I'm dilating? She hasn't once. Thank you...


Dr. Donnica:
There's no need for you to have internal exams if you're not having any symptoms of labor. We would only do that if you had previous pregnancies, previous pre-term labor, or if you "thought" you were already having contractions. Some doctors like to do a very thorough internal exam once a woman has passed her due date in order "help" initiate labor by cervical stimulation; some doctors don't believe in this. Don't worry about going past your due date. It is still considered "normal" to deliver within 2 weeks after your due date. Most ob/gyns would induce you, however, if you still hadn't gone into labor by then (by 42 weeks) since babies can have complications from being "post dates". The most important things for you to try to do now are: drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest/sleep, and take walks. And if you feel like having any sexual activity, go for it: data shows that sexual intercourse and/or nipple stimulation at this point in pregnancy can hasten the beginning of labor. Most importantly: don't worry!

With best regards for a healthy delivery,
Donnica Moore MD
President, DrDonnica.com

Created: 4/5/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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