It’s Week 43—Why No Intervention Yet? Might It Happen This Week?

Your baby is fully developed by now. He/she has simply not wanted to come out yet—and your healthcare provider has shared with you that all tests and fetal monitoring indicate it is ok to wait a little longer to see if labor begins naturally. If it doesn’t begin naturally this week and your week 43 pregnancy ultrasound indicates that it is not beneficial for your baby to stay in your uterus any longer—a medical induction should take place. Remember your healthcare provider will do this by stripping the membrane, breaking your water, ripening your cervix, or stimulating contractions.  Try to relax. You got this.