Overdue Pregnancy

An overdue pregnancy can leave you tired and anxious. It’s normal to be anxious about your baby’s arrival, but try to relax. As long as your doctor says your baby is healthy, it’s OK to wait.

Enjoy this little bit of extra time. You’ll appreciate it soon enough, when you’re changing diapers and feeding your baby round the clock.

Find out what might cause an overdue pregnancy and what it can mean for you and your baby.

Pregnancy normally lasts about 40 weeks (that’s around 280 days from the first day of your last period). Most women go into labour within a week either side of this date, but some women go overdue.

Your due date has come and gone — and you’re still pregnant. What’s going on?

Your obstetrician gave you a due date that was 40 weeks from the first day of your last period. Due dates aren’t set in stone, though. Pregnancy calculations can be off by a week or two, especially if you didn’t remember the exact date of your last period.

Most babies arrive between the 38th and 42nd weeks of pregnancy. It’s perfectly normal to give birth one to two weeks before — or after — your due date.

In fact, your pregnancy must continue two weeks past your due date to earn the official label of overdue pregnancy, also known as post-term pregnancy.

Keeping an eye on your pregnancy

Prenatal care will continue after you pass your due date. Your health care provider will watch for signs of complications, such as preeclampsia. He or she will also check your cervix to see if it’s begun to thin and dilate in preparation for labor.

If you’re more than one week past your due date, your health care provider might track your baby’s heartbeat with an electronic fetal monitor or use ultrasound to observe your baby’s movements and measure the amount of amniotic fluid.


Causes of late arrival Can overdue delivery hurt my baby
What to do to get labour going if overdue




Related Topics



 Overdue Delivery Procedures