Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In the News: Full Term Pregnancy is Now Defined as at least 39 Weeks

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has changed the definition of “Full Term” pregnancy to delivery between 39 weeks and 40 weeks, 6 days.  Research shows better health and developmental outcomes for babies born within this time frame.  Babies born at 37 weeks have a higher risk of complications compared to those born at 39 weeks.  Thus “Early Term” is defined as a baby born between 37 weeks and 38 weeks 6 days.  Babies born in the 41st week are “Late Term” and babies born after 42 weeks are “Post Term.”
In California, we are experiencing beautiful weather. So, on Friday, we'll be back to Baby Behavior with a series on how to have a successful outing with your infant at the zoo!

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