Can overdue delivery hurt my baby

Delivering more than two weeks after your due date can have some risks. The perinatal mortality rate (stillbirths plus early neonatal deaths) at greater than 42 weeks of gestation is twice that at term (4-7 deaths vs. 2-3 deaths per 1,000 deliveries).

Possible problems with a post-term delivery include:

  • Breathing problems in the baby
  • Slowed or stopped growth because the baby has run out of space in the womb
  • Placental Failure
  • A drop in the level of amniotic fluid — the liquid that surrounds and protects your growing baby
  • Fetal distress — a slowed heartbeat and other signs the baby is in trouble
  • Breathing in the first bowel movement (meconium)
  • Need for a cesarean section (C-section) or forceps delivery because the baby is big
  • Stillbirth


Causes of late arrival What to do to get labour going if overdue





Related Topics



 Overdue Delivery Procedures