Don’t wannabe ‘ten month mama’ next time -change your partner!
This is a very interesting observation. But definitely it needs a
closer look with data collection not only regarding induction of labour
before 42 wks but also behavioural characteristics e.g, smoking habits,
stress. Other factors like gender of the fetus (1), vaginal fibronectin
concentration around due dates (2) may be important determinants of post-
(1) Divon MY, Ferber A, Nisell H, Westgren M. Male gender predisposes to
prolongation of pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002;187(4):1081-3.
(2) Lockwood CJ, Moscarelli RD, Wein R, Lynch L, Lapinski RH, Ghidini A.
Low concentrations of vaginal fetal fibronectin as a predictor of
deliveries occurring after 41 weeks. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1994;171(1):1-4
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