In the US approximately 28% of pregnancies deliver in the week of the due date or within the week following the due date (40-41 weeks pregnancy.) Another 5 % of births occur in the second week past the due date (42 weeks.) So it’s possible that you may have about a 30% chance of still being pregnant past your due date. For some women, the continued uncertainty of not knowing when they’ll go into labor is, understandably, both frustrating and concerning. Though the overall chance of an untoward fetal outcome (including neonatal illness, intensive care admissions and stillbirth) are low, studies do show these risks to increase as pregnancy continues past 41-42 weeks.
Did you know that up to 10-15% of pregnancies are affected by hypertension? About 5% of those cases are in women previously known to have hypertension (termed ‘chronic hypertension’), prior to pregnancy. Another 5-8%, develop hypertension within the pregnancy (termed ‘gestational hypertension’ or ‘pregnancy-induced hypertension’.)
Hypertensive disorders are characterized by blood pressures consistently ranging 140/90 or greater. Women with chronic hypertension (existing before pregnancy, or diagnosed before 20 weeks of gestation) may require blood pressure medications to control their blood pressure, even throughout the pregnancy. Those medications should be reviewed with your healthcare provider, to assess their safety in pregnancy, even before conception.