Originally Posted by AnnasMom
My OB/GYN stuck to the concept of the "due moth." Two weeks before or two weeks after the due date is within normal ranges. Both of my children were induced a week or so early.
The risks of being overdue are being too big to deliver naturally, meconium (poop) in the amniotic fluid which can lead to respiratory infections if the child is not properly suctioned at birth, and the dry, flaky skin the OP described.
Well I wasn't going to get specific in my reply but since others are
to me, one of the top 3 concerns of a truly overdue baby is the status of the placenta...if that is not functioning as it should you will get fetal distress in labor, and may have a baby with lousy apgar scores at birth to say the least. The other top two in my opinion would be becoming too large for a non-surgical birth, and the increased chance of meconimum in the amniotic fluid.
As I said, if all goes well with the delivery, no fetal distress, good apgar scores, I wouldnt be concerned at being born "late".