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When a woman has postterm delivery, what does it mean?

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Dr. Danae Steele
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: 42 weeks or beyond

It mean that the baby delivers at 42 weeks of pregnancy or beyond (2 weeks or more beyond the mother's due date).

In brief: 42 weeks or beyond

It mean that the baby delivers at 42 weeks of pregnancy or beyond (2 weeks or more beyond the mother's due date).
Dr. Danae Steele
Dr. Danae Steele
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
The NIH did a study looking at neonatal problems and gestational age. Babies have the fewest nursery problems when born at 39 weeks. Babies born at 40, 41, and 42 weeks have more nursery problems. Moms delivering later have a higher risk of cesarean section, too.
Dr. Danae Steele
Agree, Marilynn. The 400 character limit doesn't allow a lot of explanation of these questions does it?
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Pediatrics - Neonatology

In brief: Past 40 weeks

Normal gestation for a human preganancy is 40 weeks.
Anything past that is post-term.

In brief: Past 40 weeks

Normal gestation for a human preganancy is 40 weeks.
Anything past that is post-term.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Dr. Danae Steele
Disagree. Normal human pregnancy is 37-42 weeks. Although not a lot of pregnancies are allowed to go 42 weeks these days, the definition of posterm is still 42 weeks or more.
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