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Is it normal if I don't go into labor by the end of 40 weeks?

Many women are still pregnant past 40 weeks; over half, in fact. There are some things you can do to try to induce your labor, like having sex , but you should also see a doctor. It is usually still healthy if your pregnancy lasts longer than 40 weeks, so your doctor will wait until 42 weeks to induce labor if it does not come naturally. Because placenta is less nourishing as pregnancy lasts longer and amniotic fluid may be low, inducing labor before 42 weeks can sometimes be necessary.

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