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By week 40, you have reached your due date. Your baby could be coming any day. But it's a good idea to think ahead to the next few weeks and what might happen.
If this is your first time having a baby, try not to worry. If you don't start labour on your own by 41 or 42 weeks, your doctor may recommend giving you medicines to start labour.
Talk to your doctor or midwife about breathing exercises you can do if you start to feel anxious or if you're trying to relax.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
This care sheet gives you information about how labour can be started. It also gives you some ideas about breathing exercises you can do if you start to feel anxious or if you are trying to relax.
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Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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