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37wks is really considered to be full term, so the baby should be fully developed and should be able to survive outside on his/her own. Why should people awit until 42wks when the doctors keep saying everythings looking perfect

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:31 AM on Dec. 16, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • Because your conception dates could be off, remember they go by LMP to determine your due date, but that's not always exact. You could conceive any time during your cycle. It's better to just let nature take its course.

    Answer by prettyrayray at 12:35 AM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • huh?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:35 AM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • Because doctors fiddle way to much with mother nature when it comes to birth. They turn it into a medical production instead of something natural that women have been doing since the beginning of time. It's no suprise that we have the 2nd highest infant mortality rate in the industrialized world and the highest at 33% nationally (while some parts of the country are much higher) C section rate.

    Answer by hgibsonorc at 12:36 AM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • Alot of the time its just so the baby can come out when he/she is ready. Not only that doctors can be wrong on the due date by 2 weeks. So they try not to push the isue. Me personaly. I would start doing things to induse my labor lol.

    Answer by russian-mommy at 12:36 AM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • At 37 weeks nearly all babies will be able to survive without medical assistance. That's why it's considered full term. Those last few weeks put on the "finishing touches" - extra weight and more maturity of the lungs being two biggies.
    The doctor says "everything looks perfect" because they haven't spotted any problems yet, not because the baby is "done".
    40 weeks is when most babies are born. Some a few weeks earlier, some a couple later.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:36 AM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • Also, something to keep in mind, is that your baby is 2 weeks younger than how far along you when you are 40 weeks pregnant, your babies gestational age is 38 weeks. So really at 42 weeks, the baby is 40 weeks old.

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 1:01 AM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • Pregnancy can get really uncomfertable but why are so many people that impasont that they can't just wait for the baby to come on it's own?? If they say everything looks perfect that doesn't always mean that the baby is ready just that it's doin good inside.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:52 AM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • Because the risks of having a "late pre-term baby", which is exactly what having a baby born at 36-39 weeks is triples your risk of having a baby with cerebral palsy, doubles your risk of having your baby have learning/growth difficulties, quadruples your chance of them ending up in the NICU with some sort of interventions, and choosing to induce at this point will raise your risk of a c-section by 50%, all because of impatience.
    Perhaps this sounds harsh, but those are the cold, hard FACTS of choosing to do early inductions for convenience.

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 3:10 AM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • It's healthiest for you and your baby to go into labor naturally. Generally, when that happens, the baby is done "cooking." I can certainly understand the desire to be done, but try to be patient. Even with all those tricks to naturally induce labor (sex, walking, etc), it won't happen unless your body is ready.

    Answer by musicpisces at 3:20 AM on Dec. 16, 2008

  • Because the baby comes when its ready... you cant just pull it out!

    Answer by BallardMomma at 8:48 AM on Dec. 16, 2008

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