Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

Postmaturity (going overdue)

Posted on: October 2, 2010

There is an excellent article in The Guardian discussing the pros and cons of going overdue http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/oct/01/pregnant-for-10-months

Although many women are very “fed up” by the end of pregnancy it is worth thinking about the risks and benefits of accepting a hospital induction.  It is also worth noting that different doctors and different hospitals set wide ranging dates for induction so there is clearly room for discussion with your midwife or doctor about if and when you should be induced.

Remember no one can force you to be induced!

The most important thing to remember is that you should monitor your baby’s movements – although the movements will change towards the end of the pregnancy as the baby runs out of room s/he should still move in his/her usual pattern.  Another important thing to monitor is that your bump continues to grow and is not getting smaller.  If you are at all concerned speak to your midwife or local maternity unit.

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