Gestational Age and Induction of Labor for Prolonged Pregnancy

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Gestational age refers to the length of a pregnancy. It is determined by measuring the time starting at the last normal menstrual cycle to present. In some cases there may be additional time is added for the fertilization process.

Typically, a pregnancy will run its course after 40 weeks. At this time, the baby is considered full term and will be ready to live on its own outside of the womb. However, this is not always the case and many women find themselves pregnant well after their due date. When this occurs, it is possible for doctors to suggest inducing the labor of the woman.

Gestational-age-refers-to-the-length-of-a-pregnancyThe length of time that doctors will wait to induce labor will depend on the individual circumstances of mother. Sometimes ultrasounds are completed to help determine whether or not the baby is ready to be born. In many instances, doctors will wait quite a while for labor to begin on its own.

For the most part, if the mother has not entered labor on her own by the time she nears two weeks after her due date, doctors will likely suggest inducing labor. During this time, many women will try some at home remedies to help encourage labor to begin naturally.

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