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What should your doctor do if your baby hasn't delivered 2 weeks after your due date?

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If you haven't delivered 2 weeks after your due date, your doctor will probably induce labor. Inducing can reduce the chance that you'll need a C-section.

The doctor will give you a medicine called oxytocin (Pitocin). This will make your uterus contract to begin the labor process. During labor, the delivery team will take special precautions -- especially if your baby passed his or her first bowel movement or your amniotic fluid is low.

From: What to Do When Baby Is Overdue WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Post-term Pregnancy: What You Should Know" and "Pregnancy: What to Expect When You're Past Your Due Date."

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Management of postterm pregnancy."

UpToDate: "Postterm pregnancy."

News release, ScienceDaily.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “ACOG Practice Bulletin” No. 55, Sept 2004.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 16, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Post-term Pregnancy: What You Should Know" and "Pregnancy: What to Expect When You're Past Your Due Date."

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Management of postterm pregnancy."

UpToDate: "Postterm pregnancy."

News release, ScienceDaily.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “ACOG Practice Bulletin” No. 55, Sept 2004.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 16, 2019

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