Why pregnancy beyond 42 weeks often results in stillbirth – Gyneacologists

Medical experts in female reproductive health have urged pregnant women to promptly seek medical intervention whenever their pregnancy exceeds 42 weeks to avoid serious complications that could lead to the death of the baby.

The gynaecologists say a normal pregnancy should be nine months or 40 weeks from the day of last menstruation, stressing that any pregnancy that lasts more than 42 weeks often results in a stillbirth.

The experts stated that the reason gynaecologists focus on ensuring delivery takes place within 40 weeks is to avert stillbirth, noting that when pregnancy goes beyond 42 weeks, placental supply of needed nutrients to the baby becomes inadequate, adding that this often makes the baby starve to death.

They advised women also not to mistake a case of fibroid for pregnancy, noting that no woman can be pregnant for more than nine months.

The experts were reacting to a recent contentious case of long pregnancy making the rounds on social media.

The case was a story of a woman that claimed she was pregnant for over two years.

The lady had called in on Inspiration FM 92.3 to share how she has carried a pregnancy for two years and eight months – from February 2019 to October 2021-.

The lady who said she was in her 40s said she had been pregnant for four years and had six previous miscarriages.

Speaking on the radio station, she said, “I became pregnant in February. I was, however, not really in a hurry to check but after about two months, I checked and the pregnancy test was negative. I went to the clinic and they said that I needed more time. They told me that the negative pregnancy result could be due to stress.

“I waited for like three months but my menstruation still didn’t come. I went back to see my doctor, Dr. Eze, he checked and said, there is a foetal heartbeat. He sent me to get a scan, I went to do the scan and the only thing that was seen was an empty baby sac.

“I have never heard the word before until that day. I asked what a baby sac is, they said it is evidence of pregnancy but when a baby sac appears there should be a foetus inside it but this one there is a sac but no foetus.

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