Reached your due date but no hint of a contraction? Going overdue can be frustrating and confusing. But we’re here to help…
You’ve had the day ringed on the calendar and in your diary for nine long months. So it can be pretty disappointing when you open your eyes on your due date, there’s a flutter of expectation – but nothing else. However, you’re not alone – only 4% of women actually give birth on their due date. Anything beyond 42 weeks is known as a prolonged pregnancy. But the number of women who stay pregnant that long is also only around 4% “It’s most common for women to give birth either a few days earlier or a few days later,” adds Sue Thompson, midwife at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital. So you shouldn’t have to play the waiting game for too long.
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