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Risks when you're over 40 weeks... ??? MamiK 4 kids; Bay Area, CA, United States 934 posts
Mar 27th '13

I was 41 weeks on Tuesday, according to my estimated due date. I've had two normal vaginal births before this one, both short labors. I really really really REALLY don't want to get induced. So far, the baby is good, everything is normal. If I don't go into labor by next Tuesday (42 weeks), I'm supposed to be induced.
Just wondering...what are some of the risks if I were to wait even a few more days or a week longer? My husband said that the baby can have a bowel movement while still inside me..is that true?!?!



Also if you know of any good information online about this, please share.

bia. ., ., Portugal 102185 posts
Mar 27th '13

Not too sure, haven't had vag births...BUT I'm pretty sure some girl on here went to 44 weeks...

Nut ღ Meg Beverly Hills, CA, United States 40262 posts
Mar 27th '13

It is true baby can have a BM in you, but that is the case at any gestation. More so the over due you are though.



The biggest worry is that the placenta can start deteriorating.

user banned Due November 3; 2 kids; Massachusetts 3782 posts
Mar 27th '13

yes baby could pass meconium while in utero. Also your placenta can start to deteriorate.

Photo Assassin 67 kids; Louisville, Kentucky 1666 posts
Mar 27th '13

I was 42 wks 3 days when I finally gave birth. I went into labor 3 days before being induced, (then they wouldn't let you go past 43 weeks).



She had a bowel movement inside me, and while I was in labor, I had an amnio tranfer to flush out the meconium that she was floating in. I had a vaginal birth, even with the knowledge she had a bowel movement.

MamiK 4 kids; Bay Area, CA, United States 934 posts
Mar 27th '13
Quoting Meg ღ ღ:" It is true baby can have a BM in you, but that is the case at any gestation. More so the over due you are though. The biggest worry is that the placenta can start deteriorating. "


Thanks.
My ultrasound yesterday showed the placenta, and it was very well intact, and the doctor said everything looked "normal".

jen black 2 kids; California 3027 posts
Mar 27th '13

I delivered vaginally a few days before 43 weeks. The baby can poop inside you and get mecconium aspiration at 38 weeks. Just because u go later doesn't mean they're gonna shit

user banned Due January 20; 33 kids; North Carolina 14662 posts
Mar 27th '13

Yes, baby can have a bowel movement. I was 41 weeks when I went into labor, and Heathen had pooped, and I ended up with an emergency c-section.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
Mar 27th '13

There are risks to going overdue, but there are also a ton of risks to baby being induced. With proper monitoring, the risks of going overdue can be very minimal.

MamiK 4 kids; Bay Area, CA, United States 934 posts
Mar 27th '13
Quoting Photo Assassin:" I was 42 wks 3 days when I finally gave birth. I went into labor 3 days before being induced, (then they ... [snip!] ... to flush out the meconium that she was floating in. I had a vaginal birth, even with the knowledge she had a bowel movement."


So, it's not necessarily a huge problem if they have a bowel movement. I guess I just didn't know that could even happen.



I'm also not even confident in the due date they gave me. I had no idea when my period was, so they went with the ultrasound due date that I got when I was already well into the pregnancy. I'm thinking the date is off, so the baby just simply isn't ready yet.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
Mar 27th '13

As long as the dr is watching you closely I don't see a problem waiting longer. You've went into labor on your own twice. I feel like your body knows what it's doing. Your dd could be off.

Nut ღ Meg Beverly Hills, CA, United States 40262 posts
Mar 27th '13
Quoting mamiKrystal:" So, it's not necessarily a huge problem if they have a bowel movement. I guess I just didn't know that ... [snip!] ... that I got when I was already well into the pregnancy. I'm thinking the date is off, so the baby just simply isn't ready yet."


It can be a big deal if they aspirate it.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
Mar 27th '13
Quoting mamiKrystal:" So, it's not necessarily a huge problem if they have a bowel movement. I guess I just didn't know that ... [snip!] ... that I got when I was already well into the pregnancy. I'm thinking the date is off, so the baby just simply isn't ready yet."


No, it's not necessarily a big problem. It can be, but as someone else stated, it can happen at any gestation, and a lot of it depends on the stresses the baby goes through during your labor (which will be more likely be greater if you're induced). With DS, I went into labor on my own on my due date. I was in labor for 35 hours, and Wesley aspirated meconium during the labor, most likely because of the length. He had to have a tube inserted to suck out the meconium, and then had to go to the NICU for 2 hours to be monitored.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
Mar 27th '13
Quoting mamiKrystal:" So, it's not necessarily a huge problem if they have a bowel movement. I guess I just didn't know that ... [snip!] ... that I got when I was already well into the pregnancy. I'm thinking the date is off, so the baby just simply isn't ready yet."

I can be a huge deal if they aspirate the poop. You also have a risk of the placent deteriorating. Did you have an ultrasound in the first trimester? Usually those a pretty accurate. Personally I wouldn't go past 42 weeks. I believe the risks of keeping baby in are greater than the risks of induction. Again my personal opinion based on my research.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
Mar 27th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting mamiKrystal:</b>" So, it's not necessarily a huge problem if they have a bowel movement. I guess I just didn't know that ... [snip!] ... that I got when I was already well into the pregnancy. I'm thinking the date is off, so the baby just simply isn't ready yet."</blockquote>




My husband was in NICU because he had a BM in utero and he got a lung infection because of it!