Experts reconsidering the length of a ‘full-term’ pregnancy
The definition of a full-term pregnancy is now being questioned following new research.
Until recently, babies born between 37 and 42 weeks of gestation were considered to be ‘at term.’
However, two leading medical groups say that is no longer the case.
‘Full term’ is now considered to be a two-week window, beginning at 39 weeks and ending at 41 weeks.
Researchers are justifying the change after data showed babies born during that time span did the best.
Experts say they also want to cut down on the number of scheduled C-sections and inductions before 39 weeks.
Doctors say women who go spontaneously into labor at 37 or 38 weeks should not panic.
Those babies tend be healthier than those who are delivered early by choice.