Management of Late-Term and Postterm Pregnancies

  • Kate C. Arnold
  • Caroline J. Flint


The incidence of postterm pregnancies is reported to be between 5% and 6%. Risk factors include primigravity, previous history of a postterm pregnancy, male fetus, and maternal obesity. Infants delivered postterm are at risk for neonatal convulsions, meconium aspiration syndrome, and low Apgar scores. Stillbirth is also increased; hence antenatal surveillance is recommended [1].


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  1. 1.
    Gabbe SG, Niebyl JR, Simpson JL, Landon MB, Galan HL, Jauniaux ERM, Driscoll DA. Obstetrics: normal and problem pregnancies. Chapter 34. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin no. 146: management of late-term and postterm pregnancies. Obstet Gynecol. 2014;124:390–6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate C. Arnold
    • 1
  • Caroline J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OB/GYNUniversity of Oklahoma HSCOklahoma CityUSA

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