Mother Cuppa - Pregnancy

Going Over Your Due Date – what can help?

going over your due date

Your due date is set at about 40 weeks but most labours will start between 37- 42 weeks. It is easy to focus on that due date so if you go beyond it, you may feel like the countdown to induction has begun. Some women can then feel fed up and anxious. So what can you do about it?

Keep busy and distracted…

Find stuff to do – get your house ready for your recovery and when your baby is here, cook, fill the freezer, meet friends, go for coffee, go on dates with your partner, go to the movies, go for a massage, go swimming, go for walks, read, relax, chill. And just potter and hangout – sleep, stay in pjs, watch movies.


If you feel anxious or worried, try to relax. Being tense might prevent labour from starting so use your breathing to chill and try to remember that your baby will come when he is ready.

Go on a date…

Enjoy some time together before your baby arrives: movies, meals, music, sex and some time together.


*Labour will start when your baby is ready to be born – maybe he needs to grow a bit more, maybe he needs to get into a better position.

*You can’t force labour to start so try to accept it and enjoy the peace for a few more days.

Some options…

*Your midwife might suggest a sweep of your cervix to encourage labour to start. This may have more chance of success the closer to labour you are but it is a personal choice – if it feels right for you, go for it or you can opt to wait it out instead.

*Massage and reflexology can help to make you feel relaxed, which can encourage labour to start.

*Sex, walks and being active are also thought to encourage labour to start but they will only have an affect if labour is imminent.

Try not to worry…

If you go over your due date and you are concerned about anything, see your midwife or go to your nearest pregnancy assessment unit for some reassurance.

Don’t ever think you will be wasting anyone’s time – you won’t be and it can be important to get checked out especially if you don’t feel well, if you are concerned about your baby’s movements or if you just feel that something isn’t quite right.

Prepare for birth…

*Read through your birth information so it stays fresh in your mind, as it may be a few weeks since you finished your antenatal classes.

*Keep using your birth ball for comfort, to help your baby stay in a good position for labour and so that using it is familiar.

*Keep practising your relaxed breathing so you stay relaxed but also so you know how to focus on your breathing and to relax your muscles.

*Arrange a birth pep-talk with me if you need some information and reassurance to get you better prepared for labour and birth.

Get ready for induction…

If induction is looking likely it can be helpful to get prepared for what to expect, how to be comfortable in hospital, how to work with your contractions, what your options are and what to take with you to the hospital.

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