While it seems like it’s taking forever for Kate Middleton to give birth to the newest little royal prince or princess (trust us, we’ve been on royal baby birth watch around the clock here for the last week now), we should maybe all take a step back and be comforted from knowing that eventually, all babies come out.
Whether Kate’s due date was technically July 13, as first reported, or July 19, as some sources are now saying, according to WebMD, she actually isn’t considered post-term (i.e., overdue) until she’s been pregnant for 43 weeks. Post-term babies are very common, and are normally born in excellent health.
This is the good news for royal baby watchers, because once a pregnant woman hits 42 weeks, doctors will monitor the fetus, and the mom, extremely closely. Any time that a fetal problem shows up in testing after a due date, doctors will usually make the decision to deliver, inducing labor.
For safety reasons, many health professionals will plan to deliver a baby by 42 weeks. According to National Health Services, the United Kingdom’s health authority, to induce labor, doctors typically prescribe medication to soften the cervix, and sometimes sweep the membranes, which involves having a vaginal exam that stimulates the cervix (sorry, you wanted to know!) producing hormones that may trigger natural labor.
If there are any medical issues seen in pregnant Kate, such as preeclampsia, or high blood pressure, doctors may move to a Cesarean delivery. No matter the method, that baby will come soon enough, people, so let’s just focus on what matters — a healthy royal baby!