Your due date is just a guess. Only 5% of babies are born on their due date. But your Dr will not allow you to go past 42 weeks. You can also request to be induced. Or if you want to go into labor naturally, go for a long walk. Do some yoga.
Normally they should check you every week starting at week 36
No, doctors don't have to "check" you. It's not a requirement nor is it necessary. You'll be checked once you're in labour.
Breast(nipple) stimulation and sex, of course, helps too. Google it.
I have already scheduled to be induced on my due date as I do not want to run over, so that is def an option. Hope things start to move along for you!
Also I work out avidly so the walking trick def will not work for all lol However, sex always does!
Now I'm at 40 weeks +5 days. Fingertip dilated. Seems to be not a whole lot going on. OB scheduled an induction for tonight, but maternity ward is full!! Going crazy.