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  • From early in your pregnancy it is best to keep in mind that due dates are only a guide. Only about five per cent of women give birth on the exact date they are due.
  • Most babies arrive between 37 weeks and 41 weeks of pregnancy, but usually within a week either side of their expected due date.
  • Most doctors and midwives are happy for you to go a few days over your due date as long as everything seems to be okay.
  • If your baby is overdue, you can usually continue to wait or you can discuss with your healthcare professional ways to bring on your labour.

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Reviewed on: 11-03-2021