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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 05:56 AM   1
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Is it dangerous to go overdue?


Hi everyone,

My due date is in 2 days time and I am sure I will go overdue (I did with my last pregnancy).

I have started to become really panicked about this because I have read that the placenta doesn't function as well.

Does anyone have any experience of going overdue? Were you induced or did you go naturally in the end? I wonder what makes people go overdue. Guess the babies are just too warm and cosy in there!!



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 05:58 AM   2
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Placenta degradation doesn't start when the clock hits 40, remember 37-42 weeks is 'term', it's over 42 weeks that one is considered postdue - many women will opt for daily monitoring past 42 weeks rather than induction. This is what I intend to do.

Yes, when post-term, there is a risk of placenta degradation, but there is also inherent risks to induction as well when the baby is not ready to come out, so it's a choice one has to make for themselves.



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 06:02 AM   3
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You should be fine. Placental degradation starts at different points for different women/pregnancies, but generally after 42 weeks. If you are concerned about it, talk to your midwife or GP. You'll be offered induction before 42 weeks in any case.



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 06:05 AM   4
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Aliss covered it nicely.

Tbh whilst the risk does increase slightly when over 42wks, it's only a small increase. The risk of stillbirth between 37-42wks is 10/1000 so 1% and goes upto 18/1000 (or 1.8%) after 42wks. Hardly a massive increase.



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 06:11 AM   5
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You're right, there is always a risk of placenta degradation at 40, even before 40, but it is a very small risk.



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 06:12 AM   6
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Thanks girls. That has really put my mind at rest. I had no idea 'term' was actually between 40 and 42 weeks. I have been told that under no circumstances will they induce until 2 weeks overdue. I was induced with my daughter at 40+4 because my hind waters went. It was the most painful experience ever! Not one I want to repeat. So I am really hoping I go naturally this time. I have been offered a sweep at 40+4 but even that scares me so I think I'm going to decline.



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 07:24 AM   7
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The sweep isn't really considered an induction. It's a way of getting your body to go naturally and POSSIBLY avoid a chemical induction - but it's something you might want to discuss with your OB/midwife. I really wanted a sweep to try to avoid a chemical induction and I am really hoping my cervix is favorable by next wednesday so I can get one! I was induced for my first baby and it was pretty intense though managable. But obviously I want to avoid that. They won't let me go past a week because I am small framed and baby is already getting big for someone of my size. But you may want to do some research and have some talks about the sweep in case it is something you might want to consider.



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2012, 07:44 AM   8
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As others have said, past 40 weeks may be after your due date but isnt overdue. The "science" of due dates (its rather an art Id say) is surprsingly poor even after so many years of modern medicine. We just dont know what makes labor naturally start and why it happens at certains times.

I think something like 98% or 99% of babies will naturally come before 42 weeks, so its very likely your little one will show before they attempt an induction



 
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Old Apr 13th, 2012, 05:12 AM   9
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As others have said, past 40 weeks may be after your due date but isnt overdue. The "science" of due dates (its rather an art Id say) is surprsingly poor even after so many years of modern medicine. We just dont know what makes labor naturally start and why it happens at certains times.

I think something like 98% or 99% of babies will naturally come before 42 weeks, so its very likely your little one will show before they attempt an induction
Oh wow really?!! Brilliant! I'd be so happy if this baby was one of the 98% or 99% of babies! Really want to experience a 'natural' birth i.e. without chemical induction.

The reason why I'm not keen on a sweep is because I've heard of so many people who end up having contractions from having the sweep but which lead to nothing Just hope it's something I don't need to think about!

Thank you all for your fab help!



 
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