Assumption: Pregnancies past 42 weeks are more risky than those at less than 42 weeks.
This study shows “a small but significant increase in fetal mortality” in pregnancies lasting longer than 41 weeks.
This is one of those things that really frustrates me when a woman truly desires a natural birth, but facts are facts. I have known so many women who go past 41 weeks, especially with a first baby. Unfortunately, going past 41 weeks usually leads to a pitocin induction which leads to the cascade of interventions. Often midwives are willing to take a less invasive approach, opting for encouraging alternative induction techniques. But, both doctors and midwives generally agree that when a pregnancy goes past 42 weeks, the risks increase and labor induction is often less risky than continuing the pregnancy.