What to do when you go past your due date

What to do when you go past your due date

Going past your due date can be frustrating, but fear not, Lizzie Catt has an action plan

 overduedate

You may be collapsed in a snoring heap, having an inappropriate pregnancy dream about Gary Barlow, when the clock strikes midnight on your due date. But if you’re awake, rubbing your cramping calves and glugging Gaviscon, you’ll almost certainly feel a little buzz of excitement as you wait for that first twinge. However, with most babies actually arriving within the 38- to 42-week window, you may find you have a little longer to wait. Here’s what to expect.

DAY 1

If you’re still pregnant on your due date, the midwife will offer you a membrane sweep. She inserts a finger into your cervix to separate the baby’s amniotic sac from the cervix, and this releases prostaglandins – hormones that will hopefully trigger labour. If the cervix hasn’t started ‘ripening’ – something
 you previously thought only happened to fruit and Camembert – she may not do anything, or may try to stretch the cervix. It’s a bit uncomfortable and messy, but who cares? After 40 long weeks, the baby is cooked, your hospital bag’s in the car and it’s time to go, go, go!

DAY 2

After a day spent checking for traffic alerts on all the possible routes to the hospital, you went to sleep with your shoes and bag neatly positioned by the door. But now you’ve woken up in your own bed, and still very much with child. Never mind – might as well lie in and check Facebook. ‘You had that baby yet? Push! LOL’ writes everyone you’ve ever met.

DAY 3

An NCT friend, due a week after you, 
has her baby. You have a bit of a cry and tearfully proposition your other half over your gigantic bump with the chat-up line, ‘But the midwife said semen might help!’ He suggests going for a walk.

Michelle Lyne, the Royal College of Midwives’ professional advisor for education, advises, ‘Sex can work, and especially if the woman has an orgasm. That’s because prostaglandins are released and this softens the cervix; and there are also prostaglandins in semen. Oxytocin is also released – it’s the natural form of Syntocinon, the drug put in the drip for the induction of labour. If a woman has an orgasm, she’s more likely to start to have contractions.’

To read the full 14 day action plan, grab your copy of the September issue, out August 1st

RELATED ARTICLES

Related Articles

5 expert tips if you feel depressed due to breastfeeding problems
You and your body
5 expert tips if you feel depressed due to breastfeeding problems
5 expert tips if you feel depressed due to breastfeeding problems New research...
7 effective ways to prepare yourself for childbirth
Labour and Birth
7 effective ways to prepare yourself for childbirth
7 effective ways to prepare yourself for childbirth The thought of giving birth...
Where to give birth: your options
Labour and Birth
Where to give birth: your options
Where to give birth: your options From a hospital to home birth, we explain...
Win a baby bottle feeding starter set from Nuby worth £90
Win
Win a baby bottle feeding starter set from Nuby worth £90
Win a baby bottle feeding starter set from Nuby worth £90 One lucky winner...

email block

how-to-get-a-baby-to-sleep-through-the-nightBaby

How to get a baby to sleep through the night

Is your little one always fighting tired eyes at night? Establish a good baby sleep schedule with our top five...
tips-for-new-mums-how-to-enjoy-christmas-partiesNew Mum

5 tips for new mums: how to enjoy Christmas parties

Christmas the most wonderful time of the year, however, it can be hectic for new mums. With so many festivities...
marine-lloris-precious-momentsCelebrity & Lifestyle

Marine Lloris: "I really like the fact that my girls need me!"

Marine Lloris, founder and owner of Manège en Sucre, a childrenswear fashion and accessories brand, shares her precious parenting moments
win-a-baby-bottle-feeding-starter-set-from-nuby-worth-90Win

Win a baby bottle feeding starter set from Nuby worth £90

We've teamed up with Nuby to help you get your baby ready for the bottle. We're offering one lucky winner...
win-one-of-three-izmi-baby-toddler-carriersWin

Win one of Three Izmi Baby Toddler Carriers

We've teamed up with Izmi Baby to offer three lucky Gurgle fans the chance to win a super comfy, safe...
win-a-family-holiday-for-four-to-corsica-worth-over-5-500Win

Win a family holiday for four to Corsica worth over £5,500

Dreaming of a summer family holiday already? We're offering you the chance to take your little ones on the holiday...