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42 weeks pregnant

In the know

Pregnancy that goes beyond 42 weeks gestation (294 days) is considered a "postdates pregnancy." Remember, though, that this interpretation is based on a 28-day menstrual cycle, and occurs when pregnancy exceeds 42 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period. This is also the given definition of "prolonged pregnancy" by the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIDO).

Don't break those waters!

"We do not recommend that amniotomy, also known as breaking the waters, should be used routinely as part of standard labor management and care" says Cochrane Researcher Rebecca Smyth, after completing a systematic review of relevant research studies.

"Women should be informed that it doesn't shorten the first or second stage of labor, it doesn't affect the woman's satisfaction with her childbirth experience, and doesn't result in the child being in better condition immediately after birth."

This review found that breaking the waters may be associated with a slightly (non-significantly) higher rate of Caesarean section, and breaking the waters may cause changes in the baby's heart rate. Read more here!

It's all good

Maybe you dreamed of a natural birth but had an epidural or a cesarean. Or perhaps breastfeeding isn't working out like you'd hoped. These are just the kinds of things new moms like to beat themselves (or each other!) up about.

Well, don't do it! If you made informed choices, with the best information available to you at the time, you did the best you possibly could have done.

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