Risks of Overdue Babies: What New York and New Jersey Mothers Need to Know

Your due date has come and gone. As each day passes you likely grow more uncomfortable and more anxious about the birth. Well meaning friends and doctors will reassure you that you won't be pregnant forever, but could delivering past your due date present any risks?

What is a Post Term Pregnancy?

While your due date was likely set at the date that you will be 40 weeks pregnant, most pregnancies last 38 - 42 weeks. A baby born between 38 - 42 weeks is considered full term. A baby born after 42 weeks is considered post term and may face risks, just as a preterm baby (one born before 38 weeks)
may face risks.

Potential Risks of Prolonged Pregnancies

The risks for preterm and post term babies are different. If you are still pregnant at 42 weeks, your baby may:
  • Become too large to deliver safely.
  • Suffer from lack of oxygen.
  • Suffer because of a lack of amniotic fluid.
  • Have an increased chance of being stillborn.

Many doctors seek to minimize these potential risks by carefully monitoring a mother and baby once the mother's due date has passed and recommending a labor induction or Caesarean Section if the baby is in distress or the mother is still pregnant 42 weeks after her last menstrual period.

When to Contact a New York Birth Injury Attorney

If your post term baby was injured, or died, and your doctor failed to carefully monitor you and the baby during your last weeks of pregnancy and recommend appropriate actions, then your family may be entitled to compensation.

Please contact an experienced New York birth injury lawyer at The Pagan Law Firm today for more information and for a free consultation about your case. New York City birth injury lawyers can be reached at 1-800-PAGAN-911 or via our online contact form.