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At what week of a baby's birth makes him a preemie? I have heard 34th 35th or 36th week. Which is it?

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Asked by michelle146 at 9:38 PM on Jul. 6, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Its 36wks at our office

    Answer by karamille at 9:38 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • According to textbook 37wks is term, anything before that is premature.

    Answer by AshleyBDG at 9:39 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • yeah anything below 37 weeks is technically a preemie

    Answer by aliishott2 at 9:40 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Anything below 37 weeks is technically a premie, however; some doctors will also consider the size and weight of the baby. My son was born at 35 weeks, 6 days. ( I can tell you the exact day he was conceived, so this is the right count). He was 5 lbs, 10 oz and 19 inches long. The doctor said he wasn't going to say he was a premie because he was a healthy weight, but it was commented to me that I 'didn't carry to term'.

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:55 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • 37 weeks is text book preemie 35 weeks will be iffy on lung development and anything earlier you can pretty much count on some time spent in a nicu

    Answer by katiekruschke at 9:55 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • there is pre term and there is pre mature. a preterm baby is not always premature. i most commonly hear that full term is 38-42 weeks. so anything less than 38 weeks would be preterm.
    i had twins that were between 36 and 37 weeks. neither were premature.
    i had one son at 32 weeks, he was preterm and premature.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 9:57 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • i heard it has to do with the weight as well. 5 lbs or < even at full term is considered premie

    Answer by SillyMomma at 9:58 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • I should have also mentioned that my 35 week 6 day pre term baby had tried to arrive at 28 weeks 5 days and they were able to stop that. Due to that I had steroid injections to assist with this lung development in case he tried to show up early again.

    Answer by layh41407 at 10:00 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Anything before 36wks. When you hit 36 wks you're considered full term, though some have pushed it to 38wks. However, it has always been that it's before 36wks the baby is preemie.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 10:52 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

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