I have had most of my babies overdue. My first was on his due date for high BP issues, and failed induction to Csection. I wasn't going to let that happen again. I had read all kinds of things about how overdue babies do just fine, and since my mother always went way overdue, then I probably would too. So, I guess I was already prepared.
I did the NSTs at the drs office after 42 wks, and waited patiently for her. I used EPO internally and orally. I took baths to relax. I think I did have the dr strip my membranes, but I don't remember. She was born a perfect VBAC with a wonderful family dr and no interventions. I also had a doula that stayed with me all night though.
The next one, we wanted a New Years Baby. So, on NYE, the MW stripped my membranes, which only put me into false labor. She was born 2 days after that, and was the 2nd baby of the year LOL. A very quick labor once it kicked in. She was dated by U/S, so I think she came at a more accurate time. So, she was 10 days late.
The next one, was on her due date, because I felt like she had to come out, since my house was just cleaned. I had been using the EPO, stripped my own membranes, and did nip stim for 4 nights. She came after my ROM of 19.5 hrs. It was the hardest most painful labor ever. She was born right after something told me to push her out quick, with a limp cord, but she pinked up right away. She is a little different than the rest, but there are a couple reasons that could be true. She was also UC with OB back up.
The next one was 26 days overdue in the end. I think it was because I was constipated. I did the EPO and stripping, but nothing too drastic as I didn't want to end up with what I had before. But, maybe there was a reason she needed to come out sooner. He was fine. Waterbirth UC. The BIGGEST baby ever that I have had before or since. No problems whatsoever. I did have a high leak for 5 days that I thought I was wetting myself, but I discovered that wasn't the case the morning of the night my ctx started. He was UP after 32 wks. I am so glad, because the MW seemed very induction happy, and it would have been so hard to go that far overdue.
The next one had 98 hr PROM, and meconium with a great birth. She was 23 days late in the end. I didn't do anything internally, because of the PROM. She was going to be UC, but we did transfer for the mec. Healthiest child so far. She was UP.
The next baby was UP/UC. He had a lost twin and was 15 days overdue. I had a day of labor that never took off, and then the next day, although I was still in denial, labor took off after I told DH to get the children. I then said don't, and he was born 1.25 hrs after that.
This last baby was UP after 38 wks. I had another lost twin, so I really thought we would have a baby between 10-15 days late, especially since she was dated by U/S. The 2 U/S did have a 5 day difference. So, she was 16 days overdue according to the drs, and the 1st U/S, but it could have been 11 by the 2nd. I had the high BP and PROM at 19w5d. It resealed, or so I thought. But, since she grew really well, it must have. I was going to go ahead with the UC, or just walk into a VBAC friendly hospital in labor (like we had never done that before). My BP got crazy at the end, and had I been pushing some kind of induction methods, I may not have ended up with a csection. I was hesitant to try a home induction without monitoring. If my body and the baby's hormones weren't making labor happen, then maybe there was a reason. I was in and out of the hospital, on and off bedrest some of the pregnancy. They were all about induction at 9-12 days late. But, let me go home. Then, at 16 days late, again, they were really wanting to induce. But, by this time, although her placenta looked fine on the level 3 U/S, it was smallish and the cord not plump when they took her. She had practically no fluid, and stopped moving like they wanted. Although she had been passing ALL of her many NSTs. Two before hand had HUGE variability. They said some babies do that, but in her case, she was wanting out. I wasn't pushing induction, like I said. And, when we found out her state, we went straight to the OR as soon as my Dh got there. Had she gotten worse, we would have been going without him. She looks good now, but I wonder if the reason I didn't want to induce, nor was getting tired of being PG, was because she couldn't have handled labor. The dr even said that I have had many healthy overdue babies, so there was no reason to think she was any different. Afterwards, he said that because of the high BP, my age (haha!! I am 34yo), and the crazy PG, that was what caused her problems.
Had we induced earlier, she may have tolerated it. I don't know. But, I didn't think there was any reason to push her out, since the NSTs were good. Now I know that the HBP really is an issue when the mother goes overdue.
Oh, and BTW, she was the first baby of the year in our district. Isn't that great? Kymberli