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This article is for women thinking about scheduling their baby's birth.
More and more births are being scheduled a little early for
non-medical reasons. Experts are learning that this can cause problems
for both mom and baby. If possible, it's best to stay pregnant for at
least 39 weeks. If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on
We know you can’t wait to meet your baby face to face. But
getting to at least 39 weeks gives your baby the time he needs to grow.
There are lots of important things happening to your baby in the last
few weeks of pregnancy. For example, your baby's brain and lungs are
You might not have a choice about when to have your baby. If
there are problems with your pregnancy or your baby's health, you may
need to have your baby earlier. But if you have a choice and you're
planning to schedule your baby's birth, wait until at least 39 weeks.
Why babies need time
Babies born too early may have more health problems at birth and later in life than babies born full term.
Here's why your baby needs 39 weeks:
Why scheduling an early birth can be a problem
Experts are learning that scheduling an early birth for non-medical reasons can cause problems for mom and baby. For example:
The March of Dimes and obstetric provider groups advise that
you wait until at least 39 weeks to induce labor or have a c-section if
it is needed. Wait this long unless there are medical problems that make
it necessary to have your baby earlier.
Questions to ask your provider
If you’re planning to schedule your baby’s birth, print out this article and take it with you to your next prenatal care checkup. Ask your provider these questions:
If your provider recommends that you have your baby before 39 weeks:
About inducing labor
Tammy ~ Wife, Mommy, and Surrogate
1994 c-section breech 7lbs 12oz ~ 38w4d
1995 VBAC 7lbs 13oz ~ 41 weeks
2000 VBAC 7lbs 15oz ~ 40w5d
2002 VBAC 8lbs 14oz ~ 40w4d
2005 VBAC 10lbs 4oz ~ 40w3d
2007 UBAC 10lbs 2oz ~ 39w4d
2008 C-section 7lbs -39w3d
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