Are you "allowed" to go over due?

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Are you "allowed" to go over due?
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Fri, 07-18-2008 - 7:42pm

Hi everyone,


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Fri, 07-18-2008 - 10:41pm

I am 40 weeks today and dont go back to Dr. until Wednesday.

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Fri, 07-18-2008 - 11:22pm

This is when it starts to get really hard.

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Registered: 03-31-2005
Sat, 07-19-2008 - 10:20am

Thanks so much for the replies.


I definitely do not have blind trust in drs.

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Registered: 11-15-2007
Sun, 07-20-2008 - 1:19am
My OB office would not let me go over 2 weeks they had said. (I delivered in April and didn't get the chance to be over due because my baby was breech, so I had her early-my choice).
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Registered: 02-22-2008
Sun, 07-20-2008 - 2:58pm

"Full term" is anywhere from 37 weeks to 42 weeks. I'd get some solid answers if they want to intervene anytime before your 42nd week. There may be a true and valid reason for not wanting you to go over but it always benefits you to ask "why" (if nothing else, just for the reassurance that it is not just an across the board decision based on an arbitrary date).

Most docs will use the rational of trying to prevent a large baby (macrosomia). Not a valid arguement for inducing or having a c/s before that 42nd week.




Edited 7/20/2008 3:02 pm ET by loofagirl
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Sun, 07-20-2008 - 8:20pm

It is strictly because of my age - they have told me this.

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Sun, 07-20-2008 - 9:36pm

"strictly because of your age" is still not an answer.

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Sun, 07-20-2008 - 10:13pm

OMG Marci, I am so on board w/ everything you said.

 

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Registered: 12-24-2006
Mon, 07-21-2008 - 2:05pm

Are doctors really allowed to take such decisions about us? I was nearly 41 when my first baby was born and will be 44 when my second one is born. My doctor considers my pregancies to be some of the easiest he has and apart from the amnio, which was my choice, I have not had to suffer any special test or treatment because of my age. The birth of DD was so rapid and textbook that even my very laid-back doctor was amazed (he had nothing to do but witness my daughter popping out by herself - I didnt even tear!). He has told me that unless there is danger of death or permanent injury to either me or my second baby, he will not intervene this time either (unless I ask him to). I consider this attitude to be normal - if any doctor tried to schedule me for an induction or a c/s without a good reason, I would be out of the surgery and onto the phone to find another one even if it were only days before the birth.


Good luck!


Torielle

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Registered: 02-22-2008
Mon, 07-21-2008 - 4:28pm

I've never actually heard of age being a reason for not being "allowed" to go past 40 weeks. I can understand (don't agree, but I can understand the argument) of docs not wanting to do an induction after a c/s. I would imagine it is because of an increased risk of uterine rupture since induced contx tend to be more intense than naturally occuring contx. That just plays into the trend of docs taking the more conservative approach of no longer offering VBACs.

You want to want to be careful to not offend your doc but there is no harm in asking where you might find some information on the increased risk of "older" moms being more at risk for delivering post term babies (although "post term" isn't until 42 weeks, 1 day).

I'll do some research myself in my childbirth literature but I sure don't recall anything. Let me know if you find any credible resources (just for my own benefit - I haven't had this conversation with my doc yet since I'm not quite 30 weeks).

Good luck.

Marci

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