If you passed your estimated delivery date and are uncomfortable and tired, hang on because things will get better! Usually, it is said that pregnancy is 9 months long or 39 weeks long. Actually pregnancy is 40 weeks from the date of the last menstrual period. The duration of pregnancy varies from one woman to another. On average, the duration of pregnancy around the world is actually 42 weeks. So do not worry if you’re still “pregnant” at 39 weeks it does not mean that you or your baby have specific medical problems. It is worth noting that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends avoiding induction of labor before 39 weeks of gestation.
The deadline that has worked is more often based on the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period. If your periods are not always 28 days this measure becomes less accurate. However, ovulation can actually occur at any time of your cycle.
The most reliable estimate of the maturity date may be obtained by trans-vaginal ultrasound somewhere between 8 to 10 weeks of gestation. ESD is just an estimate but about 70% of babies are born very close (less than a week) to their expected date of childbirth. The exact reasons why pregnancies sometimes last more than 40 or 42 weeks is not known even with all our technology today.
Induction of labor by using synthetic drugs such as Pitocin, has been shown to increase the risk of caesarean section. A woman is four times more likely to have a caesarean when induced this way rather than going into labor on their own. At least your Bishop’s score must be at a desirable position before inducing labor. A score somewhere from 7 to 10 is the most desirable for the medical induction of labor. The Bishop’s score refers to a group of measures, such as baby station, dilation, effacement, position and consistency, which helps determine if the cervix of a woman is ready for the induction.
When a woman’s body is not ready to give birth and she is medically induced it will generally lead to a c-section. What is disconcerting is that some doctors now also choose to have a baby at a Bishop score of 2 and this leads to the undesirable rate of caesarean births.
When you are 39 weeks pregnant, do not worry too much. If your pregnancy is complete and your doctor has confirmed that you can deliver vaginally and your baby is ready for birth, then maternity acupressure is a great way to prepare your body for the work of labor. Maternity acupressure is one of the few resources you can use to promote your labor to begin, even if your cervix is not dilated. A specific set of maternity acupressure points will help the cervix dilate. Maternity acupressure is a simple technique you can use before and during delivery. It can help you have a lighter, shorter and safer labor.