By now, you're probably tired of people asking you when the baby is going to be born. Your baby could come any day—even today!
Your doctor or midwife wants to make sure that you have a safe birth and so may recommend giving you medicines to start labour or scheduling a caesarean delivery.
Most women who give birth after their due dates have healthy newborns. But you may have tests to make sure everything is okay.
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 call line 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 will help you prepare for giving birth after 41 weeks.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter Q609 in the search box to learn more about "Week 41 of Your Pregnancy: Care Instructions".
Current as of: September 5, 2018
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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