Overdue Baby

Topic: What You Should Know About Your Overdue Baby

As you reach the end of your pregnancy, you may be feeling a mix of emotions about labor and delivery. Despite any worries about what lies ahead, you’re almost certainly ready for your pregnancy to end. After all this waiting, you want to meet your baby!

As your due date approaches (or even passes) if you haven’t gone into labor, you may be concerned. You might wonder if your baby is healthy, if your body is working properly, or feel like your pregnancy will ever end!

What does it mean to have an overdue baby? Are there medical risks associated with remaining pregnant past your due date? What should you expect to happen next after your due date passes?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the answers you’re seeking!

What does it mean to have an overdue pregnancy?
With all the different dates and terms you hear during pregnancy, it may be difficult to determine when you can expect to meet your baby! The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) uses the following definitions:

early term: 37 through 38 weeks
full term: 39 through 40 weeks
late term: 41 through 42 weeks
post term: beyond 42 weeks

Babies born before 37 weeks are considered premature and those born after 42 weeks are called postmature. (This can also be called a prolonged or overdue pregnancy.)

About 60 percent of women will give birth on or before their due date. Only about 1 in 10 babies is officially overdue or born beyond 42 weeks of pregnancy though.

Based on these statistics, you may be wondering how to calculate your due date and what factors might contribute to having an overdue baby.

Topic Discussed: What You Should Know About Your Overdue Baby

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