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full term?

How many weeks is considered full term? I thought 38 weeks but heard it's 36 weeks. So which is it?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:44 PM on Aug. 27, 2009 in Pregnancy

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Answers (10)
  • 34-36 weeks is late pre term -- though close enough to term that problems CAN BE FEW, but not necessarily absent -- they tend to have breathing and sucking problems. The baby could have stood a little more time gestating.

    37 -42 weeks is full term. It's one of the reasons why they have "due date" ESTIMATES at 40 weeks because gestation varies and is a range. Though 37 weeks is at the lower end of full term and is more rare.

    43+ is considered post dates, though not necessarily a problem. Estimateion by Naegles rule can be off and/or some women just tend to gestate longer than average.

    Because Naegles rule to estimate due dates are known to be off, there is a lot of serious growing concern about induced babies being born preterm. For example, the rule might say you are 38 weeks, but you might actually be 36 weeks. It's why it is now becoming more common to not encouragel abor or induction until at least 39 weeks.

    Answer by amileegirl at 11:40 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • 37-42 is the medical definition of a ful-term pregnancy

    Answer by Ati_13 at 9:45 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • 38-40 wks. Normally your doc has his/her own thoughts on that . I usually depends on how well the baby is developed, weight, length, etc...

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:45 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • 38-42, but a 36 week baby is only going to be a bit small, they probably wouldn't have any medical issues from being early.

    Answer by teamquinn at 9:45 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • 38 weeks

    Answer by at 9:49 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • It depends on where you are and who you ask. In Canada 36 weeks is concidered full term. In the US it depends on what state you live in. They have different thoughts on it. It is any where between 36 and 42 weeks.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:55 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • Starting at 38.

    Answer by doulala at 10:21 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • My doc says 38, however when my mom was having babies, it was 36-38 was considered over due, and they induced.


    Answer by JnCV at 10:23 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • I heard 37-42 weeks is considered full term.

    Answer by Ash9724 at 10:33 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • i say 37-43 weeks. i always thought they babies born between 37 weeks were at risk of lung problems but usually after 37 weeks everything will be ok.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:55 PM on Aug. 27, 2009