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What is considered a full term pregnancy?

Full term pregnancy is defined as being
Between 39 weeks 0 days and 40 weeks 6 days

Term pregnancy is a medical classification defined in the 1970s  as being between 37 and 41 completed weeks'. This definition appears to have been  based  on the increased likelihood of complications related to delivering a baby before or after this gestational age.

The definition of a term pregnancy should not be taken to mean that a baby born at 37 weeks' is as mature and ready for the outside world as a baby born at 41 weeks .  Early term births ,defined as being  37 0/7 to 38 6/7 weeks are at higher risk for complications, such as respiratory distress and admission to the intensive care unit,  than  are infants born at full term (39 0/7 to 41 6/7 weeks').

SEE ALSO: How Long Does Pregnancy Normally Last?

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