For most women, the birth happens before the 42nd week. The 40th week marks the normal time needed for the baby to fully develop. However, if you got to this point and until now you haven’t felt anything, don’t worry. Many doctors wait up to 10 to 14 days after the expected birth date, zealously monitoring the baby’s activity inside your uterus. Being born up until the 42nd week is considered normal by most doctors.
In case your doctor thinks its better to not wait any longer, they will talk to you about the possibility of inducing labor. You should feel safe in knowing your baby isn’t suffering and that the placenta continues to supply it with the nutrients it needs. It’s important that, whether you have a normal birth or a C-section, your baby is born healthy and at the right time.