How many weeks can you go over your due date?


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Well since my OB only gives due dates of 40 weeks, he doesn't really allow you to go over too far before he sits you down for the "You need to have this baby" talk.


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Katy - posted on 04/24/2010




I am choosing to be induced a week after my due date (I was due 4/20 and he still isnt here)! My doctor wanted to wait 2 weeks but gave me the option to only wait 1 week. I really would like to do a natural (non-induced) child birth but I just cant wait another week. I know, selfish of me but I really want my little guy here! I think it depends on where you live, your doctor, and how you demand what you want! :)

Serene - posted on 04/24/2010




My son was a week late and my OB wouldn't allow me to carry him over a week. I had an inducement date June 2nd and he came on June 1st. I've heard that some OBs will allow a woman to carry 2 weeks late though. So i would think that it depends on your OB and if you want to have it sooner.

Angie - posted on 04/23/2010




I went 12 days overdue with my last, was booked in for an induction because my gyn doc said that after 10 days the placenta does not work as well as it has been. She came all on her own probably down to my fear of being induced again. Since heard thats not true its actually 14 days but suppose baby comes when its ready :)

Allison - posted on 04/20/2010




Remember that in the end, it is your decision, and your care provider is there to help you make the best and safest one :) And there are risks associated with any procedure (including induction), so it's good to discuss them in detail with your provider before making the call. If you don't agree with them, remember that it's OK to get a second opinion. I know that many providers want to induce early these days, but it is a leading factor in increasing c-section rates, increased labor pain, and some other complications, so it's important to use it only when necessary. (Not saying those things WILL happen, just that it increases the risks for them.)

I read a lot about "expectant care" on the World Health Organization website - which is just their recommendation of waiting to induce unless it is medically necessary. So my midwife monitored us closely, and I waited...and waited...and my son was finally born between 42-43 weeks (depending on LMP vs. U/S estimate). He was big (9 lbs 7 oz), but my labor came on slow and steady, then went really smoothly and had him all natural in about 14 hours, with what I would classify a "normal" amount of pain (no back labor, etc). And he was super healthy at birth, lots of hair, nice skin, no breathing problems, etc. I did have a post-partum hemmorhage, but the OB said there are lots of factors in that, as well, not necessarily a result of going over-due. I was very uncomfortable those last few weeks, but avoiding uneccessary risks was really important to me, so I was willing to wait.

Jytte-Marie - posted on 04/19/2010




typically, it should be NO longer than 42 weeks..
most of my friends who have had children have been 7-10 days after their due date.

Sarah - posted on 04/13/2010




at the hospital here its 7-10 days then they will induce, i know my friend in ontario had to wait 16 days

Chelle - posted on 04/13/2010




at my hospital the limit is induction must start no later then day 14 past due.

i went 11 days over with my 1st

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Usually they won't let you go two weeks after your due date. Most people get induced before that though.

Brandy - posted on 04/13/2010




I know around where I live, none of the OB's let you go over 1 week overdue. They start to worry about meconium, dry birth and c-section due to a big baby.

Rachel - posted on 04/13/2010




with my first i had to wait 2 weeks over till they would induce me but i was told somewhere that if you really dont want to be induced then all they will do is monitor you but if your baby becomes destressed or if the baby poo's then it could result in a c-sec. if i was you talk to you midwife/ obgyn and others around you to see what would be good for you. with my second child i kept asking to be induced but in the end my son came al by himself at 10days over. but through it all just try and relax hope this helps xxx

Kristin - posted on 04/12/2010




They usually don't let you go more than two weeks as fluids levels can start to drop and then there is the possible meconium issue. I've gone both 10 and 3 days beyond and been induced each time. Just talk to your care provider, discuss the options, and keep and open mind.

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Each doctor thinks Doc says she'll let me go about 10days over and said she doesn't like to induce patients before that unless they REALLY want it. Back in the olden days they waited til the kid was ready. My brother was nearly a month late but came on his own eventually..of course they don't let you go that long now lol.

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