According to studies, very few women deliver on the due date. As most deliveries occur 1 to 2 weeks earlier or after the due date, 37 weeks to 42 weeks of pregnancy is considered as a term pregnancy nowadays.
Babies born around 37 to 40 weeks of pregnancy are in best of health and development at the time of birth. An overdue date pregnancy carries risk of serious health complications for the baby just like a preterm pregnancy. The chances of stillbirth and/or life-long health complications are high in an overdue baby.
The exact cause for post-delivery is not known. However, certain risk factors are associated with overdue delivery which include:
The mother with an overdue pregnancy is not risk-free either. Possible complications are as follows:
Monitoring the baby’s health before the delivery in an overdue date pregnancy includes monitoring the heart rate, movements and amniotic fluid volume. The following tests might be performed:
Labour is induced in an overdue pregnancy to prevent stillbirth and other complications.