Is it safe to deliver at 42 weeks?
You at 42 weeks
There’s a higher risk of stillbirth if you go over 42 weeks pregnant, although most babies remain healthy. At the moment, there’s no way to reliably predict which babies are at increased risk of stillbirth, so induction is offered to all women who don’t go into labour by 42 weeks.
What happens if you go past 42 weeks pregnant?
There is a higher risk of stillbirth or fetal compromise (your baby’s health being put at risk) if you go over 42 weeks pregnant, but not every pregnancy over 42 weeks is affected this way. You are also at more risk of a long labour, bleeding after the birth and tearing.
Is 42 weeks too long to be pregnant?
Pregnancy is considered to be “full-term” at 40 weeks (or 280 days). A pregnancy that continues for longer than 42 weeks is called a post-term, prolonged or overdue pregnancy. If the mother and baby are both doing well, being up to one week “late” isn’t associated with any particular risks for either of them.
How long can a baby stay in the womb after the due date?
Most doctors and midwives are happy for you to go a few days over your due date as long as everything seems to be okay. Many will let pregnant women go up to two weeks over. After 42 weeks, however, the baby’s health might be at risk.
What happens if you refuse induction at 42 weeks?
If you’re overdue
Induction will be offered if you do not go into labour naturally by 42 weeks, as there will be a higher risk of stillbirth or problems for the baby.
Why are some babies born at 42 weeks?
Postmaturity is a word used to describe babies born after 42 weeks. Researchers don’t know why some pregnancies last longer than others. Postmaturity is more likely to happen when a mother has had a post-term pregnancy before. Your healthcare provider may decide to start your labor early.
What causes a baby to be overdue?
The reason why the baby is overdue is usually not known. Sometimes it is because of a genetic predisposition (hereditary). Women who have already had a baby that came much later than their due date are more likely to have an overdue baby in future pregnancies. Being born after the 40th week only rarely harms the child.
Is it safe to be 41 weeks pregnant?
At 41 weeks pregnant, it is considered a late-term pregnancy but is still within the normal range. Even though doctors estimate your due date to be at 40 weeks, it’s just that — an estimate. As frustrating as it can be to continue to have to wait to welcome your new baby into the world, it’s completely normal.
Do babies put on more weight when overdue?
Your baby may be very large. If your placenta is still in top form, your baby may continue to gain weight after your due date has passed. In this case you may give birth to an extra large baby, which may put you at increased risk of delivery complications. Amniotic fluid levels may drop.