Your due date

It’s a rare baby that turns up on her due date, which means that most will be either early or late.

Late babies

The majority of babies do not appear on their due date (only 1 out of every 20). There is no way to predict whether your baby will be born on this day.
Provided your pregnancy has progressed normally, there’s usually no need for intervention until you reach 42 weeks (although different units may have different policies). After this there is an increased risk of your baby being stillborn or having health problems at birth.

Inducing labour

It is sometimes necessary to start labour artificially. This is known as induction of labour. If this is considered necessary, your midwife or doctor will discuss this with you and advise you, but it is your choice whether or not to be induced.

Last Updated: 06 March 2017
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