Your Pregnancy, Week 40

By this time, your bundle of joy may already be here! If not, don’t worry. Most women give birth between 37 and 41 weeks of pregnancy.

It’s normally best to let nature take its course. But in some cases, if a pregnancy has gone too far past the due date, labor has to be induced. This is artificially stimulating labor to start. Your healthcare provider may use medicines or other methods to make your uterus contract and cervix dilate and efface. Talk with your healthcare provider about whether your labor needs to be induced.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bowers, Nancy, RN, BSN, MPHFoley, Maryann, RN, BSN

Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2016

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