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Why does the baby stay in for the last 3 weeks even though it's full term?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:48 PM on Sep. 25, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • 1) 38 weeks is "full term" because MOST babies can survive just fine at that point (remember, *most*, not all). When mom has a medical condition, 38 weeks is the holy grail - if she can get that far, they can bring out baby knowing it will more than likely be okay.
    2) EDD's are based on the assumption that every woman has a 28 day cycle and ovulates on day 14. Since these are only averages of women's cycles, it's quite possible for a EDD to be off by two weeks or more on either side of the date you get at the doctor's office.
    3) Babies come when babies are ready. Some are ready in 36 weeks (I know a lady who consistently has babies between 36 and 37 weeks who are "fully cooked"). Other babies aren't ready until past the 42 week mark.
    4) 40 weeks represents the median (average) of the month in which most women will give birth. Average means some will go earlier, some later.

    Answer by eema.gray at 6:21 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • There is lots of brain growth the last 3 weeks and it's best done in the womb.

    Answer by Gailll at 5:49 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • All babies need that finishing touch!


    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 5:54 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • there is no guarantee they will be ok if they are early. My dr delivered a woman at 38 weeks and her baby ended up in the NICU for over a month with under developed lungs

    Answer by mommyin07n08 at 6:01 PM on Sep. 25, 2009