What New York Mothers Should Expect at 40+ Weeks Pregnant

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Your pregnancy books may come to a sudden stop at 40 weeks - or the average length of pregnancy. Yet, your due date has come and gone and you are still pregnant. What should you expect from now until the time your child is born?

While you may be increasingly uncomfortable and eager to meet your child, most babies are safe and will be born shortly. However, a post term pregnancy is not without risks.

Accordingly, once you hit your due date you should expect your doctor to increase his or her monitoring of your pregnancy. For example, your doctor may:
  • Check the baby's heart beat once or twice a week using a fetal monitor.
  • Order an ultrasound to check the level of amniotic fluid around the baby, how much the baby is moving, and the baby's estimated size.
  • Check your cervix to see if you are dilating or softening.
  • Instruct you to call the office or go to the hospital immediately if you notice a decrease in the baby's movements.

The failure to monitor you and your baby for potential problems could result in a significant birth injury or a stillborn baby. If your child has been injured, or has died, as a result of an overdue pregnancy complication then it is important to call a New York birth injury attorney as soon as possible.

The New York birth injury lawyers of The Pagan Law Firm would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation and to help your family recover. Please call us today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for more information.

Learn more about the risks of overdue babies in our FREE library article: Risks of Overdue Babies: What New York and New Jersey Mothers Need to Know

Category: Birth Injuries

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