Published in Women's Health Weekly, March 15th, 2007
The World Health Organisation defines post-term pregnancy as beyond 41 completed weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period. Post-term pregnancy is associated with increased perinatal mortality, and induction of labour at 41 weeks is often used to help avoid this risk.
However, evidence shows that the average length of gestation varies between racial groups. For example, it is shorter in South Asian and black women,...
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