Ok I am officially over due since it is christmas. (Merry Christmas btw everyone!). I was due the 24th and if I do not go into labor on my own my doctor will not induce me until Janurary 3rd. I have heard that women who go overdue are way more likely to deliver stillbirth. This scares the living heck out of me. Has anyone gone overdue and been ok? How far overdue? I am also high risk because I have a heart conditon and I think my doctor is really hoping I go into labor on my own. I have tried walking, making love, taking herbs, hot showers and baths, etc. to no avail. Any advice and/or encouragment would me great. Thank you in advance.
My sister delivered her last little girl at 42 weeks. As soon as she hit 42 weeks the doctor stripped her membranes one afternoon and she delivered early the next morning. She was in labor for approx. 2 hours from start to finish. She was almost born on the interstate. Try not to worry, it happens all the time. (Not the interstate part, but the overdue part, lol)
FIrst off, whoever told you that women who are late have more chance of still birth is insane. Youll be fine.
Most first time moms deliver at closer to 42 weeks anyway, don't be in such a hurry to get inuced either, baby will come when it's ready.
Tryto enjoy your christmas!
With a heart condition your doctor is wise not to induce you unless you ABSOLUTELY need it! Inducement causes a harder labor because your body is not able to prepare on it's own. In fact, inducement for women with heart conditions is not recommended (myself included). It's either au'natural or c-section. Inducement has also been associated with emergency c-sections because it puts your body and your baby in stress because things don't progress naturally - the baby AND your body are forced. This is when you see baby's that have not engaged and then go into stress. It really bugs me when I see women and doctors opt for inducement on or shortly after their due date. It's not something I would want unless absolutely medically necessary, and a week (or a few days) over due, in my opinion, is not a necessity.
The only thing you need to worry about going late is that the baby can pass meconium and swallow it, which can result in an upper respiratory infection. This, though, is not usually a concern until you are 2 weeks or later.
I would not worry. And I agree, who ever told you that still births are a result of going over due is insane.