Total of 163 singleton pregnant women between ages of 18-35 years (as risk of chromosomal abnormalities in higher after 35 years of age) from 39-41+4 weeks of pregnancy were included after written informed consent from couple and divided into two groups i.e term pregnancy group (39-40+3) and post date pregnancy group (40+4 - 41+4).
Apgar score at 5 minutes was more than greater than7 in 67 (94.3%) of term pregnancy and in 85 (92.4%) in post date pregnancy (p= 0.618) (Table-2).
Only one baby (1.4%) among term group required admission in NICU within first 24 hours of delivery while 3 babies (3.3%) in post date pregnancy had admission in NICU (p=0.448) (Table-2).
Post date pregnancy is a subject of interest because of its presumed association with increased fetal and maternal mortality and morbidity.
" He urged customers to take note of Christmas post dates
. Mr Jobling added: "As we always do at this time of year, irrespective of the weather conditions, we are advising customers to post and order early to help us deliver in time for Christmas."