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Week Thirty Seven: Pregnancy is considered 'at term'
|You are 37 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 35 weeks) |
Even though you are three weeks from your due date, you are now considered 'at term'. In most cases, nothing will be done to stop your labour once it starts, even if it is before your 40th week. You may notice a bit more vaginal discharge and/or cervical mucus.
If you go into labor at this point your careprovider may not try to stop it.
So what are the signs that your labor may be starting?
Fewer than 5% of births occur on the due date; 50% of births are within a week of the due date, and almost 90% within 2 weeks.
"At term"The World Health Organization defines normal term for delivery as between 37 weeks and 42 weeks.
( Pregnancy is considered 'at term' between 37 and 42 weeks -
- a baby born before 37 weeks is preterm [premature] and after 42 is post-term.)
If natural labor starts before 37 weeks; doctors will most likely try to delay it.Those women, having elective repeat cesarean section at 37 weeks gestation, are said to be more prone to produce babies having grave health issues. Because elective cesareans can be scheduled to accommodate patient and physician convenience, there is a risk that they may be performed earlier than is appropriate.
Women should be adequately counseled and informed of the various health complications that may be avoided with delayed deliveries.
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