Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd 2014; 74(12): 1099-1103
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1383314
GebFra Science
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

S1-Guideline: Management of Late-term and Post-term Pregnancy[*]

Short version – AWMF Registry Number: 015/065S1-Leitlinie: Vorgehen bei Terminüberschreitung und ÜbertragungKurzfassung – AWMF-Register-Nummer: 015/065
E. Weiss (LL Koordination)
1  Frauenklinik Klinikum Sindelfingen-Böblingen, Sindelfingen
H. Abele
2  Universitätsfrauenklinik Tübingen, Tübingen
C. Bartz
3  Frauenklinik Klinikum Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken
M. Franz
4  Universitätsfrauenklinik Salzburg, Salzburg
T. Fischer
5  Frauenklinik Medizinische Universität Wien, Wien, Austria
U. Gembruch
6  Universitätsfrauenklinik Bonn, Bonn
M. Gonser
7  Frauenklinik HSK Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden
K. Heim
8  Frauenklinik Landeskrankenhaus Kirchdorf, Kirchdorf, Austria
F. Kainer
9  Frauenklinik Diakonie Neuendettelsau, Neuendettelsau
A. Kiefer
10  Frauenklinik Eichsfeld Klinikum, Heiligenstadt
K. König
11  Praxis Dr. König, Steinbach
B. Ramsauer
12  Geburtsmedizin Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln, Berlin
F. Reister
13  Universitätsfrauenklinik Ulm, Ulm
K. T. M. Schneider
14  Universitätsfrauenklinik TU München, München
D. Surbek
15  Universitätsfrauenklinik Inselspital Bern, Bern, Switzerland
K. Vetter
12  Geburtsmedizin Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln, Berlin
F. Wolff
16  Frauenklinik Holweide Köln, Köln
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Publication History

Publication Date:
23 December 2014 (online)

1 Scope and Purpose of the Guideline

1.1 Statement of problem

The mean duration of a normal pregnancy, calculated from the 1st day of the last menstrual period, is 280 days or 40 + 0 weeks of gestation (GW). A pregnancy prolonged by more than 14 days, in other words, a pregnancy lasting 294 days or 42 + 0 GW or more, is defined by the WHO and FIGO as prolonged, post-term or post-mature pregnancy. The period between 40 + 0 and 41 + 6 GW is referred to as late-term pregnancy.

More than 40 % of all pregnant women give birth after the expected date of delivery. Management of pregnant women with no onset of labor ranges from expectant management consisting only of intensive monitoring of mother and child to induction of labor.


1.2 Patient target population

This guideline focuses on the large group of women with low-risk singleton pregnancies who have no specific pregnancy risks (e.g. gestational diabetes, preeclampsia or IUGR).


1.3 Target users and area of care

This guideline aims to provide evidence-based recommendations to both gynecologists in private practice and physicians working in maternity hospitals to assist in decision-making when advising and managing pregnant women who are past their estimated and verified due date. This guideline differentiates between late-term pregnancy (40 + 0 GW to 41 + 6 GW) and post-term pregnancy (from 42 + 0 GW).


* Note: The long version together with the full list of references and the guideline report are available in German from the AWMF homepage ( AWMF is the Association of Scientific Medical Societies in Germany.
Citation: National German Guideline (S1): Management of late-term and post-term pregnancy, AWMF Registry No. 015/065. Geburtsh Frauenheilk 2014; 74: 1099–1103

  • References

  • The complete list of references can be viewed in the long version of the Guideline on the AWMF homepage (
    The validity of the guideline was confirmed by the Board of the DGGG [German Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics] and the DGGG Guidelines Commission in February 2014. The guideline will remain valid until 01/2017.