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Your baby can't stay inside your womb forever no matter how calm it is.

For safety reasons, your doctor or midwife will talk with you about inducing labor if your baby isn't born in the next week – or earlier if there are any problems.

A lot of healthcare providers won't allow you wait more than two weeks past your due date to give birth because it puts you and your baby at increased risk for complications.

Your labor is more likely to be prolonged or stalled after 42 weeks, both you and your baby have an increased risk of injury during a vaginal delivery, and there is a greater risk of stillbirth.

It is hard not to be anxious when your due date comes and goes and you are still hugely pregnant especially when well-meaning family and friends keep calling to check if you have delivered.

Do not worry yourself because the pregnancy is not forever. There is a good chance you will go into labor on your own this week, and if you don't, you will be induced by 42 weeks, or earlier if you or your baby has any problems.

The methods your healthcare provider uses to induce labor will depend on the condition of your cervix. If your cervix hasn't efface , or dilate (open), it's considered "unripe," or not yet ready for labor.

 In that case, your provider will use either hormones or "mechanical" methods to ripen your cervix prior to the induction. Sometimes these will end up jump-starting your labor as well.

The procedures can include stripping or rupturing your membranes or using drugs like oxytocin (Pitocin) to start your contractions depending on your situation,. If these and other methods don't work, you will end up undergoing a C-section.

In the meantime, tell your doctor immediately if your baby's movements slow or if any fluid is leaking from your vagina.

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