For the women that went to 42 weeks pregnant

My doctor just told me today that while they schedule inductions from 41 weeks and up, I could very well go to 42 weeks. That scares me. I worry about the obvious risks of waiting that long. I’d love for my baby to come in it’s own but this happened with my first as well. My cervix just doesn’t dilate or efface on its own sadly.

I’m only 38 weeks, not dilated or effaced and I’m in so much pain and agony everyday. I pretty much feel overdue already even though I’m not. I know I can’t change my doctors mind, but what’s it like going that far over due? Did your baby eventually come without induction? I’m just scared to think I have to be pregnant for an entire month. Maybe less if I’m lucky.