Patricia Crowley

Pregnancies of 294 days duration or more are defined as 'prolonged', 'post-dates', or 'post-term' [1]. Prolonged pregnancy is associated with an increase in perinatal mortality and morbidity in pregnancies which appear to be otherwise low risk. This chapter will show that many of the perinatal risks previously attributed to prolonged pregnancy increase in a continuous rather than a 'threshold' manner. Discussions about issues relating to prolonged pregnancy and interventions to prevent it often take place at 41 weeks' gestation. To cater for these clinical and epidemiological realities, the scope of this chapter has been expanded beyond the strict definition of prolonged pregnancy.

Pregnancy Diet Plan

Pregnancy Diet Plan

The first trimester is very important for the mother and the baby. For most women it is common to find out about their pregnancy after they have missed their menstrual cycle. Since, not all women note their menstrual cycle and dates of intercourse, it may cause slight confusion about the exact date of conception. That is why most women find out that they are pregnant only after one month of pregnancy.

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