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What's the longest a pregnancy can safely go?

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Pruni Wed 29-Jun-05 16:46:57

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starlover Wed 29-Jun-05 16:53:03

i thought it was dangerous because the placenta stops working as effectively or something...

charleepeters Wed 29-Jun-05 16:53:48

I think its 44 weeks then the placenta doesnt work as efficiently. Why doesnt she want an induction?

charleepeters Wed 29-Jun-05 16:54:11

oops 42 weeks sorry not 44

fastasleep Wed 29-Jun-05 16:54:19

(Cos inductions are nasty?! Lol!)

jessicasmummy Wed 29-Jun-05 16:54:55

no their not - they are fantatic!!!

starlover Wed 29-Jun-05 16:55:05

see here

also read this

The placenta starts to deteriorate after 38 weeks or so, which means an overdue baby may not get enough oxygen. An overdue baby could also grow too large for vaginal delivery.

Pruni Wed 29-Jun-05 16:56:00

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fastasleep Wed 29-Jun-05 16:56:13

Inductions are nasty you liar ...I'd much rather be free to roam around and scream than to be strapped to a bed by heartbeat monitors and a drip!...But 42 weeks sounds on the verge of safety to me..

charleepeters Wed 29-Jun-05 16:56:46

i had an induction it was great - i didnt have to worry about when i was going to go into labour or if i would get to the hospital in time ect ect.

snafu Wed 29-Jun-05 16:56:50

Starlover, where did you get the info about the placenta deteriorating after 38 weeks? I've never heard that before.

fastasleep Wed 29-Jun-05 16:57:24

Yeah but some of us never want to step foot in the hospital in the first place!

snafu Wed 29-Jun-05 16:57:42

Is she absolutely sure of her dates anyway, pruni?

starlover Wed 29-Jun-05 16:57:47

apparently going beyond 42 weeks can also increase chances of baby passing meconium into waters which can be dangerous

starlover Wed 29-Jun-05 16:58:27

snafu... it was on here

Pruni Wed 29-Jun-05 16:59:17

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littlerach Wed 29-Jun-05 16:59:58

At the risk of repeating a horror story, a lady I met some weeks ago told me about her stillbirthat 42 weeks. She didn't want an induction, was being scanned and checked regularly and finally went into labour. The result was a stillbirth after a very lengthy labour. Baby had been fine on the scan a day earlier. Such a terrible story, I don't know that it was anything to do with the length of the pregnancy.
She went on to have another baby 18 months later, and was induced at 38 weeks.

Pruni Wed 29-Jun-05 17:00:52

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fastasleep Wed 29-Jun-05 17:06:31

There's nothing you can do really, except give her the links to the information to make sure she knows what she's doing? With any luck she'll have gone into labour before you see her again though! xxx

misdee Wed 29-Jun-05 17:08:02

i know a lady who has given birth at 43 and 44 weeks. not prbs for her and her babies. she is a doula as well. she had dopplers every few days i belive and refused induction.

snafu Wed 29-Jun-05 17:10:47

I think as long as she's being closely monitored, she should be okay. There is an increased risk of stillbirths when pregnancies go over 42 weeks but it's still something like 1 in 2000. I think it's also pretty unusual to go much longer than 43 weeks anyhow - she'll probably be in labour tomorrow

dyzzidi Wed 29-Jun-05 17:13:10

I think its a bit silly to go against medical advice with something as precious as a baby. But then thats just me who would move heaven and earth for a healthy baby wouldn't actually care it the pked me with big sticks to start labour if baby were ok

Very naively surely inductions can't be that bad

katierocket Wed 29-Jun-05 17:13:14

as long as she's being checked daily I would think it's OK. Inductions are IME vile and more often than not result in lots of medical intervention. Straw poll of 8 friends all of whom had inductions; 4 had emergency c/s, 2 had ventouse deliveries and 1 forceps, all had pretty grim labours.

snafu Wed 29-Jun-05 17:14:31

She's not going against medical advice, dyzzidi - her midwife is supporting her decision and monitoring her every day.

Flamesparrow Wed 29-Jun-05 17:15:06

I was 44 + 3 with DD (they refused to believe my dates... I KNOW my dates...)

My friend has been 44 with 2 of hers.

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