I just wanted to add, I was born at 44w1d. Back when my mom had me (in 81), they tried to induce at 2 weeks overdue, but all they had was pit back then and my mom's cervix was totally not ready. So, it didnt work. The doc said it was fine and to just keep waiting. Finally she had me on her own at just over 44 weeks (I was due sept 29th and born oct 30th
). They didnt automatically give her a cesarean just because she was overdue. Anywho, I was 8lbs 10oz, I did have a lot of meconium, but besides that, I was fine. I obviously wasnt huge either!
Ironically my sister, who was born 10 years after me, was induced with more modern methods at 41 weeks-when they tried to put a fetal scalp monitor on her, she moved up, my moms cervix immediately started to close, and she crushed her own umbilical cord, resulting in an emergency cesarean. She was only 7 pounds. Obviously she really *needed* to be born, right?
This is probably an odd reference but I also had a dalmation that I used to breed and she was always overdue. Her pups would be born with their spots, sometimes their eyes were even starting to open. None of them ever had any issues, they were all healthy, perfect vet checks. She never even lost a puppy, except one that was breach and got stuck-I think it had other issues though, since it wasnt gaining weight, even with us supplementing it. Wow, I went way off topic...sorry...