that's right, your 37- or 38-weeker is no longer considered full term!
They are now known as "early term" according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society of Maternal-Fetal medicine.
They say the notion that 37 week babies are full term is antiquated, based on observations that many babies born after 37 weeks do "just fine" and, they say, causes doctors and patients to schedule many unecessary medical interventions to induce a baby to come along before they are ready.
Full term is now considered 39 weeks and not a day earlier.
I, for one, am pleased. I am so sick of reading about women who brag about their elective c-sections at 37 weeks because they're "done" being pregnant. How about you let the infant decide when they're done growing?
(ETA: Also sick of the shady doctors who suggest and push inductions to fit their own schedule, ehrm, ahem, I mean, because it's what the mom "should" do. My first was born at 39w 6d and I was dilated over 4cm with no signs of active labor, but I was pitocin induced essentially because my doctor was going on vacation.)
How do you feel about this new recommendation?
How many moms here now have "early term" babies instead of full term? How many of them were induced or had a c-section before 39 weeks? Was there a medical reason?
edit for clarity and to add a point.