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What tests will a doctor do when baby is overdue?

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Your doctor will check you about twice a week to make sure your baby is still doing well. You may have one or more of these tests:

  • Non-stress test, which uses a fetal monitor to track your baby's heart rate
  • Ultrasound to check your baby's growth and movement
  • Measurement of the amniotic fluid
  • Exam of your cervix to see whether it has thinned and widened (dilated) to prepare for labor

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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