I hear this thrown around all the time. But my friend was living in the UK for many years and she said that the "magic" number there was 44 weeks.
I've heard that after 42 weeks, the placenta can start to deteriorate. But after my OB told me that if I have to have a CVS it must be on the L&D floor because of the risk of something happening...and then I looked it up and the risk is 1 in 30,000, I'm very skeptical when doctors start talking about "risks". So what are the risks and how "risky" are they?
If I've start to consult Dr. Google too and I came across this tidbit:
A study in Nottingham, England found that, of women at 40 weeks, 65% labour spontaneously within the next week. Of those at 10 days over their dates, 60% will enter spontaneous labour within the next 3 days.