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