“Full term” pregnancy gets a new definition

MGN Online
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 5:18pm

The definition of a full-term pregnancy has changed.

Until recently, babies born any time between 37 to 42 weeks were thought to be 'at term‘, but two leading medical groups claim that is no longer the case.  'Full term' is now considered to be a two week window, starting at 39 and ending at 41 weeks.  Researchers said that's because data shows babies born in this time frame do the best and they want to cut down on the number of scheduled C-sections and inductions before 39 weeks.

 

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