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Which moms are more likely to deliver late?

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No one is sure why some babies make a delayed entrance into the world. Nothing you did or didn't do during your pregnancy caused your baby to wait past your due date.

But you may be more likely to deliver late if you:

  • Have never been pregnant before
  • Have had babies born late in the past
  • Have other women in your family who delivered past their due date
  • Were yourself born late

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

SOURCES:

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

SOURCES:

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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