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Week 42 starts on day 294 and goes up to day 301.
It is your 43e pregnancy week.

Length of your baby: 52 centimeter / 20.5 inches
Weight of your baby: 3600 gram / 7 lbs 15 ozs

Midwives and obstetricians refer to a pregnancy as being post-term or prolonged if labour has still not started two weeks after the due date. Between five and ten per cent of all pregnancies last longer than 42 weeks.

As a matter of precaution, your midwife or family doctor will refer you to an obstetrician. Whether or not you can distinctly feel the baby moving is an important indication. A cardiotocograph (CTG) registers the foetal heart rate. This enables the doctors to monitor your baby's condition. An ultrasound scan will indicate whether there is still enough amniotic fluid. The referral will usually be made at 42 weeks i.e. two weeks after the due date. In some places, pregnant women are referred for an examination by an obstetrician between 41 and 42 weeks. The obstetrician will tell you whether or not he or she feels it is safe to have your baby at home, if you had planned to.

Women who are more than 42 weeks pregnant are strongly advised to give birth in hospital. During labour, a CTG is used to register the foetal heart rate and thus monitor the condition of the baby.

Provided there are no problems during labour and delivery, postnatal care can be provided at home. New mothers are sometimes discharged within hours of giving birth, sometimes the next day.

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