Longer Pregnancy Linked to Higher Risk of Stillbirth, Newborn Death
Pregnant women who continue to carry their babies after they reach full term have a higher risk of stillbirth and newborn deaths than mothers who deliver by 37 weeks gestation, suggests a recent study published online in PLoS Medicine. Researchers noted that from weeks 40 to 41, the risk of stillbirths increased 64% compared with delivery at 37 weeks gestation. From weeks 41 to 42, the risk of neonatal deaths climbed 87%.
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