The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist have given a new definition of term pregnancy which will improve the newborn outcomes and lower the non medically induced deliveries.
We have new scientifically proven definition of ‘early term,’ ‘full term,’ ‘late term,’ and ‘postterm.’
Here are the new definitions of ‘term’ deliveries:
Early Term: Between 37 weeks 0 days and 38 weeks 6 days
Full Term: Between 39 weeks 0 days and 40 weeks 6 days
Late Term: Between 41 weeks 0 days and 41 weeks 6 days
Postterm: Between 42 weeks 0 days and beyond.
Each gestation week up to 39th week is very important for fetus development and that gives the baby stronger and healthier start.
Until this study the doctors believed that anywhere between 37 to 42 gestation week will give the baby almost the same health outcomes. But now it is proved otherwise.
Weeks between are important, this is what the doctors researchers are saying. The doctors now must work by these new rules, the planned non medically induced deliveries never should be in early term, they must watch the weeks. Early term deliveries should be only if there is some medical reason or risk to the mother or the child, and sometimes even earlier deliveries are unavoidable but it is important to know why , is it for medical reasons or for term delivery.