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When is a baby considered overdue?

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Most babies arrive between the 38th and 42nd weeks of pregnancy. When babies haven't arrived by week 42, they're considered late -- or post-term. One in ten babies is born post-term.

From: What to Do When Baby Is Overdue WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Post-term Pregnancy: What You Should Know" and "Pregnancy: What to Expect When You're Past Your Due Date."

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Management of postterm pregnancy."

UpToDate: "Postterm pregnancy."

News release, ScienceDaily.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “ACOG Practice Bulletin” No. 55, Sept 2004.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 16, 2019

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Post-term Pregnancy: What You Should Know" and "Pregnancy: What to Expect When You're Past Your Due Date."

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Management of postterm pregnancy."

UpToDate: "Postterm pregnancy."

News release, ScienceDaily.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “ACOG Practice Bulletin” No. 55, Sept 2004.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 16, 2019

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