Women who have a family history of pregnancies that go beyond the usual due date and those who’ve personally had an overdue baby before are most likely to experience delayed labor. If there are no signs of labor following 40 weeks of pregnancy, your physician may recommend a safe procedure called “stripping the membranes” that involves loosening the membranes around the cervix; almost one third of the time, this results in a woman going into labor within the next two days. Because of a slight increase in the risk to a baby’s health after 41 weeks of gestation, a woman who surpasses this mark may elect to be induced. If you do not want to be induced, regular monitoring can be done after the 42-week mark to ensure that the baby is doing fine and pick up any signs of upcoming labor. If and when anything concerning is found, induction or a C-section may be recommended at that time.